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The Callaway Rogue ST MAX D driver is designed with a strong draw bias to assist golfers who struggle with a slice. Very forgiving. Pleasing looks and sound.
This review of the MAX D completes our in-depth look at the 2022 Callaway Rogue ST driver lineup. You can find our reviews of the standard Rogue ST MAX and the better-player focused MAX LS and Triple Diamond HERE. For the Rouge ST MAX D, the ‘D’ emphasizes the draw bias – or slice fighting – design.
With a quick glance in the address position, it would be difficult for the casual observer to distinguish one Callaway Rogue ST driver from another. Each of the four has a matte black crown with an exposed window of graphite weave and an eye pleasing gold pinstripe on the trailing edge. Educated eyes will notice the MAX D head is slightly longer front to back, plus it has some offset.
Flipping the club over, the MAX D designation is an obvious giveaway of the model, but all four heads share similar looks. The most distinctive element of the Rogue ST drivers is the gold Tungsten Speed Cartridge in the rear. A common sight on Callaway drivers is the visible ends of the Jailbreak Speed Frame, which, bordered in gold, really bring together a cohesive look. If you’ve been an astute reader of our Rogue ST reviews you may have noticed the other distinguishing feature of the MAX D, the weight port just below the text.
Sound & Feel
The Rogue ST MAX D driver produced a sound that I can best describe as “whump.” Quieter than most drivers on the market, the woodsy baritone timber sound was pleasant to my ears and a good match with the feel.
With reasonable contact, the head felt wonderfully stable with a gratifying pop off the face. Precise impact location in the center zone of the face was hard for my hands to discern. Shots towards the heel or toe were immediately obvious, but the feedback wasn’t harsh.
Before you launch into comical musings about my game based on the numbers above, let me readily admit I struggled with this driver. I’ve been working for months to eliminate hooks and straighten out my ball flight. Thus, my current swing is in complete opposition to the design characteristics of the MAX D. My results did, however, substantiate the draw biased nature of the Rogue ST MAX D.
Callaway designers employed features to give the Rogue ST MAX D driver its draw bias. There’s not only the visible weight port in the heel, but also internal weighting that Callaway is a bit secretive about. They mention weight savings from their proprietary Triaxial Crown design and titanium unibody construction, but give no more details than “this weight is precisely redistributed to increase forgiveness with added draw bias.” It is worth noting that the Rouge ST MAX D driver employees a 20 gram Tungsten Speed Cartridge – 6 grams lighter than the standard MAX version.
Beyond weighting, Callaway also made the MAX D driver more upright – a classic slice fighting setup. Weights and positioning aren’t only about minimizing left to right ball flight, they also factor into maximizing forgiveness, launch, speed and even stability.
All this tech talk and I haven’t even mentioned the proven Jailbreak Speed Frame or Flash Face SS22. Beyond boosting horizontal and torsional stability, Jailbreak technology harnesses impact energy from, and for, the face. And again Callaway utilized artificial intelligence to optimize the face for maximum forgiveness and consistent spin across the face. Bottom line is the Rogue ST MAX D driver packs a lot of science into the clubhead.
With my regular swing, every drive finished left of center. Carry wasn’t good, but that was a result of the side spin I produced. With a fade swing I achieved a much better trajectory and resultant carry. Unfortunately the fade turned into a strong push. As I struggled with the driver, I found the forgiveness really shining through.
There’s a reason why the Callaway Rogue ST driver comes in four models – golfers have different needs. The MAX D clearly wasn’t a fit for me, and I actually applaud how obvious that was. Too many times golfers conclude that they can “make it work.” The Rogue ST lineup is clearly strong across the performance spectrum.
If you need some general guidance on which model might be best suited for your game, check out the excellent comparison chart on the Callaway site linked below. As for the Rogue ST MAX D driver, I think Callaway sums it up perfectly: “Rogue ST MAX D is built for a high level of draw bias, with high MOI, a more upright lie, reduced face progression, and a stretched profile at address. All these features promote maximum shot shape correction, especially for players who tend to slice the ball.”
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