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The Callaway Rogue fairway wood is unfairly good. Huge ball speed, low spin, and easy to launch. An absolute must try.
Last year, Callaway introduced Jailbreak technology in it’s Epic drivers. For 2018, they brought the same advancements to their Rogue fairway woods. What does that mean for golfers? More ball speed and more distance from more places.
The Callaway Rogue is a great looking fairway wood. By modern standards, it’s average sized with a nearly symmetrical, round shape. The carbon fiber shows through near the back of the crown, but your attention is focused on the ball by the chevron alignment aid. The face is slightly taller than average, which is great for your confidence when hitting it off the tee.
As I wrote about the Rogue drivers, the overall aesthetics of this club are dynamite. From the color to the branding to the unique Golf Pride MCC grip, Callaway shows an attention to detail that’s beyond any other OEM right now.
Sound & Feel
The impact sound of the Callaway Rogue is its least remarkable feature. The volume is average, it has a medium pitch, and it possesses that prototypical metallic “tink.”
When it comes to feel, the Rogue fairway wood has a lot in common with the Rogue driver: almost every shot feels flushed. The exception is the shot low on the face – that’s easy to discern – but moving toward the heel or toe changes the feel only slightly.
It took two swings for me to realize that the Callaway Rogue fairway wood is special. The first shot was well struck, and I saw a ball speed number I haven’t seen in a while. I was happy but thought it was just a good first swing. When the second ball went 3 MPH faster, I was hooked. When you hit the center of the face, the Rogue FW is essentially a driver. What’s better is that when you move to the heel or toe, the ball speed stays extremely high.
This ball speed is put to excellent use with high launch and mid-to-low spin. When I hit a shot pure, I was seeing launch angles as high as 13 degrees (a rarity for me) with driver-like spin numbers. On those shots off the bottom groove, the ball was still launching near 10 degrees with spin around 3000.
For those that don’t speak launch monitor, let me put this plainly. When I made good contact, the Rogue fairway wood was sending shots nearly as far as my driver. The stock Rogue roasted my (now former) gamer, which has a very expensive custom shaft. Just as impressive? It took my thin shots and produced 200+ yards of carry instead of the duds I deserved.
Finally, it’s worth mentioning that Callaway is once again providing an industry-leading number of fitting options. There are four shaft options with weights ranging from 40 grams to 80 grams. Additionally, there are 8 lofts available, so you can bag everything from a precision pin-seeker to a miniature driver.
The last few times I’ve visited Club Champion and asked what’s been selling, the answer has been “Rogue fairway woods.” Now I know why. Callaway has built a fairway wood that produces insane ball speed, tremendous launch conditions, and is extremely forgiving. This is an early front runner for the most impressive club of 2018.
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