Callaway Rogue ST Pro Hybrid Review

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The Callaway Rogue ST Pro hybrid is not your average “Tour” hybrid.  Fairway wood shaping and sound.  Strong forgiveness for its size.  Lower launch with enough spin for shot making.

Introduction

It’s easy to get in a rut.  There are a lot of winning formulas out there, and it’s easier to follow one than chart a new path.  With the Rogue ST Pro hybrid, however, Callaway chose to be different.  This hybrid has the performance that better players expect but a look that’s outside the norm.

Looks

At address, the Callaway Rogue ST Pro hybrid has a shape that’s unusual for a “pro” hybrid.  In this type of club, we typically see a very square toe.  That’s not the case here.  The toe is rounded, and the face shape and height are more akin to a fairway wood.  The club head is also longer front to back than most players hybrids.  It’s still smaller than average, but it’s not intimidatingly tiny.  There is a slight pear shape, and it sits perfectly square.

The sole of the Rogue ST Pro hybrid is understated.  There’s very little of the Rogue ST gold – just a dash around the Jailbreak frames and in the Rogue branding.  Both the “Rogue ST” and “Callaway” are tucked into recesses on the sole.  At the rear of the sole there are raised sections that call to mind the rails some other OEMs use to improve turf interaction.

Sound & Feel

The sound of the Callaway Rogue ST Pro hybrid falls right in line with the looks.  That is to say, it sounds like a fairway wood.  Impact creates a quick, high-pitched, metallic “tink.”  The feel is not as distinctive, being neither overly solid nor fast.

With such a strong impact sound, audio feedback is excellent.  Mishits are discordant compared to the clean, precise sound of a pure strike.

Performance

While the looks and sound of the Rogue ST Pro hybrid go against the grain of your typical Tour-style hybrid, the performance is closer to what you’d expect.  That starts with a controlled, mid-low launch.  Faster swingers will love the piercing trajectory from this club.  Players who need a hybrid to create more height should consider the Rogue ST MAX [review HERE] or Rogue ST MAX OS [review HERE] hybrids.

Callaway did a nice job balancing this lower launch angle with adequate spin.  This is still a lower spinning hybrid compared to the other Rogue STs, but there’s enough spin to keep the ball airborne and hold the green.  Callaway emphasizes the workability of the Rogue ST Pro, and there’s definitely enough spin here to shape the ball slightly left or right without sacrificing much distance.

The elements that are a little more surprising from the Pro hybrid are the speed and the forgiveness.  Callaway’s Jailbreak ST technology shines in this head, creating smash factors that creep toward 1.5.  While this is clearly a players hybrid, it doesn’t lack for distance.

That same technology also keeps ball speed high on mishits.  Relative to its size, the Rogue ST Pro hybrid is very forgiving.  It doesn’t compete with larger hybrids, but better players will find that their small misses yield playable results.  If you’re drawn to the compact head and fairway wood shaping, don’t be afraid to give this club a go.

In comparison to the other Rogue ST hybrids, the Pro has the smallest range of lofts – 18, 20, and 23 degrees.  It’s also the lowest launching, lowest spinning, and the least forgiving of the new Callaway hybrids.  True to its “Pro” designation, this model has a neutral ball flight; all the other Rogue ST hybrids have some degree of draw bias.

Conclusion

The Callaway Rogue ST Pro hybrid blends a unique address look with the kind of performance that all of its target players are sure to love.  If you’re a quality ball striker in search of an easier-to-hit long game option, put this club on your demo list.

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Matt Saternus

7 Comments

  1. The Rogue ST Pro hybrid looks so good. I love that Callaway makes a model where they ditch that higher-toe shape that their other models feature and go with something more rounded. The Sim2 Rescue has been great for me in this spot, but just that shape difference alone has me thinking about grabbing one of these if they pop onto Callaway Preowned at a discount this fall.

    I also appreciate that these are weaker-lofted than their Max and Apex 21 models. It makes thinking of the 23 as a potential 4 iron replacement a little easier.

  2. Matt, what did you think about the stock Tensei White shaft when you tested this hybrid?

    I’m a pretty firm devotee of the GD AD DI 95X in hybrids. But Callaway’s upcharge for it is the full $215 price, so there’s no real savings having them install it vs. taking it to someone local to install — and nothing really to lose by trying the stock shaft first. So, just curious about your observations.

    • Matt Saternus

      Eric,

      It’s a very solid offering. I won’t get into whether or not it’s “real” but it feels very stable to me, which suits my preference.

      Best,

      Matt

  3. Matt,

    Curious if you found this similarly/less/more forgiving than the Apex Pro 21 hybrid (everything else being equal) that you reviewed last summer?

    How about from a neutral (read: non-draw bias) perspective?

    Thanks.

  4. If you ever played a Callaway Razr Tour hybrid, this is its grandchild. Looks like game improvement and gives forgiveness but also some workability. Basically point and shoot.

  5. I tend to prefer longer irons, however, the ST Pro 2 is the first hybrid I have ever loved.

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