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The Callaway Rogue ST Max LS driver brings a slightly new look to the brand along with a whisper quiet impact. Impressive forgiveness in a lower spinning head.
Callaway’s 2022 driver family is made up of four different Rogue ST models. Today I’ll be examining the Rogue ST Max LS. The name is a mouthful, but the promise is straightforward: lower spin and high MOI for the mid-to-low handicap player. If that sounds as good to you as it does to me, let’s dive in.
The first thing that I noticed when I got the Rogue ST Max LS in hand was the color. Callaway has done a great job over the last several years utilizing colors that come from the 64 crayon box instead of the 8. The Rogue ST line has small touches of yellowy-gold that make it an eye-catcher.
A notable change from the past is seen on the crown. Callaway is still utilizing their trademark carbon fiber fade, but this time it has a matte finish. I have a slight preference for matte crowns most of the time, so I like this new look.
In terms of size and shape, the Rogue ST Max LS is a 460cc head with an average footprint. The shape is rounded and nearly symmetrical, which should give it broad appeal. Players wanting a smaller head can check out the Rogue ST Triple Diamond LS driver HERE.
On the sole, Callaway took a fairly understated approach. There are five distinct elements on the sole, but they’re balanced which keeps the club from looking too busy. I like that the gold is used to highlight the technology pieces – the Jailbreak Speedframe and the Tungsten Speed Cartridge.
Sound & Feel
The Callaway Rogue ST Max LS is the quietest driver I can remember hitting, and it’s not particularly close. If you want an old school thump instead of a modern metallic explosion, you will love this club. Impact is very low pitched, staccato, and quiet. Contact feels solid but quick, which complements that sound well.
The major innovation that Callaway touts in the Rogue ST driver family is the Tungsten Speed Cartridge. This is the golden piece at the rear of the head. In the Rogue ST Max LS driver, the cartridge weighs 23 grams to bring the center of gravity lower and deeper with the ultimate goal of boosting forgiveness and consistency.
Need maximum forgiveness? Check out the Rogue ST Max HERE
That is exactly what stood out to me in my testing of this driver. Typically, low spin drivers have been known as being much less forgiving than their counterparts. I got a few swings with the Rogue ST Max and found barely any difference in consistency. This is a boon for high spin players as they can now get lower spin without sacrificing ball speed and distance on mishits.
Besides the spin, the other important difference between the Rogue ST Max and the Rogue ST Max LS is that the latter does not favor a draw. The Rogue ST Max has a slight draw bias whereas the LS version is neutral. Having these two options, plus the adjustability at the hosel, should allow most players to find a combination that works well for their ball flight.
Looking for help with a draw? Check out the Rogue ST MAX D driver HERE
The Rogue ST Max LS comes with your choice of three Mitsubishi TENSEI shafts. You can get the TENSEI Blue [review HERE] at 55 grams or the TENSEI White [review HERE] at 65 or 75 grams. I tested this driver with the TENSEI White.
Finally, Callaway continues to be a leader in providing the consumer with useful information, offering a comprehensive driver comparison chart on their website. There we learn that the Max LS has the second-heaviest Tungsten Speed Cartridge at 23 grams, trumped only by the Max’s 26 grams. Callaway rates the Max LS as having forgiveness equal to the Max and Max D and a similarly large footprint. One key difference is that the Max LS has a Neutral flight bias compared to Draw and Semi Draw in the Max D and Max.
It’s hard to think of a Callaway driver as being under the radar, but this one feels like it is. With four distinct options, the Rogue ST driver family needs to be part of your fitting this year. And if you’re a higher spin player who still wants forgiveness, you could very likely leave that fitting with the Rogue ST Max LS.
Visit Callaway HERE
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