50 Words or Less
The Callaway Rogue ST Pro irons are players distance irons with a more traditional feel. Fairly compact club head. Good forgiveness for its size.
Nothing in the 2022 Callaway Rogue ST family caught my eye quite like the Rogue ST Pro irons. From a looks perspective, it was not what I was expecting at all. But behind the blade-like looks, this iron delivers exactly what you’d expect from a Callaway players iron: solid forgiveness and a lot of distance.
The Callaway Rogue ST Pro is an attractive players iron. Its top line is a little thick for the players category, but there’s very little offset and the head is fairly compact. Personally, I don’t love the shiny chrome on the heel and toe of the face, but the contrast with the grooved area does make the club look smaller.
In the bag, the Rogue ST Pro is the most convincing faux-blade I’ve seen. It does have a hollow body construction, but it’s slim enough that most people will think it’s solid. The back of the club has a black pad with “Rogue ST” branding but is otherwise solid silver. A small black Callaway logo is placed in the toe opposite the “Pro” designation on the heel.
Prefer a larger iron? Check out the Callaway Rogue ST Max irons HERE
Sound & Feel
I’ve found that many irons in the “players distance” category lack a players feel. The Rogue ST Pro has it. Contact feels extremely solid and medium-soft on center. The sound is a matching, quiet “thud.” Nothing about the sound or feel betrays the amount of technology and distance in this head, which I prefer.
With such a quiet impact sound, feedback comes primarily through the hands. Callaway’s Urethane Microsphere do a great job dampening vibrations, so you will need to pay attention to locate your strike point.
I started my evaluation of the Callaway Rogue ST Pro irons focused on the aesthetics. After noting the solid feel, I looked up at the data and was shocked by the ball speed and distance. Good strikes were registering smash factors of 1.45. The 6I was carrying a club longer than my traditional gamer irons.
This distance is fueled by ball speed and optimized by launch and spin. Callaway places up to 48 grams of tungsten in each head to make the Rogue ST Pro easy to launch with mid-low spin. Compared to other players distance irons, I didn’t find the spin of the Rogue ST Pro to be problematically low. It does produce a very strong ball flight, but there’s enough spin to hold the green. As always, make sure you get fit to make sure these irons work best for you.
For a more compact iron, the Rogue ST Pro has impressive forgiveness. Strikes on the heel or toe don’t lose too much ball speed – my smash factor typically stayed above 1.4. Also important, the spin and launch are robust. Only more extreme mishits will lose more than a club of carry distance.
My final note on the Rogue ST Pro irons is that they are not as workable as their appearance indicates. These irons will allow for some trajectory control and shot shaping, but the lower spin means they really want to go straight. Callaway players who want full control of their shots might want to consider irons like the Apex TCB [review HERE] or Apex Pro [review HERE].
The Rogue ST Pro irons are a strong addition to Callaway’s extensive line of irons. For the golfer that wants a lot of distance and forgiveness without giving up players looks and feel, this is a great choice.