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The Callaway Rogue driver is unbelievably stable. No shot feels like a mishit. Great ball speed, tight dispersion.
Any time a company releases a truly excellent piece of gear, my mind immediately jumps to wondering, “How are they going to top this?” That question was front of mind when I was playing the Epic driver last year, but the Rogue driver proves that Callaway was up to the task. They added to their Jailbreak Technology with Rogue’s high MOI shape to make a head that produces huge ball speed and great accuracy.
Like most of Callaway’s most forgiving drivers, the Rogue has a symmetrical, triangular shape. This design is noticeably longer from front to back than the Epic driver, and that’s a key to enhancing the forgiveness.
One thing that surprised me is the face height. Typically drivers with a larger footprint have a shallower face, but the Rogue appears to have a fairly tall face. For me, that’s a big confidence booster at address.
The Rogue shares the gloss black/carbon fiber head with the Epic, which is a great look. The blue that Callaway chose for the Rogue line is unique and eye-catching, and it’s used perfectly throughout the club. For my money, no one can touch Callaway for making a complete club, grip-to-head, that’s as aesthetically dialed in.
Sound & Feel
After shoveling half a foot of snow, I stepped out of the cold and into the hitting bay, made a few warm-up swings, and started pounding balls with the Rogue driver. My first three swings felt pretty pure, but the sound wasn’t thrilling – a hollow, metallic “crack.”
On my fourth swing, it was entirely different – a rock-solid “thwack” that felt like it might tear a hole in the screen. What changed? Only the fourth ball found the center of the face, but the Rogue is so stable, I couldn’t tell that the first three were mishits.
The Rogue’s tremendous stability means there’s not a lot of feedback through your hands, but the sound will let you know which shots were pure.
If you guessed that this section was going to lead with forgiveness and stability, pat yourself on the back, you’re correct. The Rogue driver is so stable at impact, it feels crazy to talk about anything else. It’s as good as any driver I’ve ever hit in terms of retaining ball speed on mishits.
Equally important, it keeps every drive in play. During my testing, I was producing very consistent path and face-to-path numbers, but my impact locations were erratic. The Rogue did not seem to care at all, producing powerful draw after powerful draw.
The added stability compared to the Epic does come at one cost: the sliding weight. The Rogue still has an adjustable hosel which allows you to tweak the loft and lie angle, but you can’t move the center of gravity. I think this is a trade well worth making for the vast majority of golfers.
All of Callaway’s Rogue drivers offer a variety of stock shaft options. You can choose from the Aldila Quaranta and Synergy or the Project X EvenFlow and HZRDUS Yellow. The weights range from 40 grams all the way to 70 grams. There is a large gap from shaft to shaft not only weight but also feel. Make sure you work with a fitter to find the best one for you.
After being sincerely impressed with the Epic drivers last year, I was anticipating a “good, not great” offering from Callaway this year. I was completely wrong. I’m even more impressed with the Rogue driver than I was with the Epic. The way that it keeps every shot in play and maximizes distance on mishits is exceptional, and it’s going to get serious consideration for my bag…if this snow ever melts.