Callaway Rogue Sub Zero Driver Review

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The Callaway Rogue Sub Zero driver is insanely low spinning.  Moving weights have a large impact on feel, spin, and forgiveness.  Ideal for high spin players who are good ball strikers.

Introduction

Having reviewed the Rogue Draw and the standard Rogue driver, I was truly excited to get my hands on the Rogue Sub Zero.  Even though I don’t have high spin problems, the allure of the Sub Zero as the model for faster swinging, better players is undeniable.

Looks

To the eye of the stereotypical “better player,” the Rogue Sub Zero is going to be the belle of the ball.  The head is closer to the round shape of the Epic compared to the triangular standard Rogue.  It’s also shorter from front to back than the standard Rogue, and the face is a fraction taller.

For those switching from the Epic Sub Zero, the Rogue SZ will be longer, though the difference isn’t huge.

The Rogue Sub Zero driver shares the gloss black/carbon fiber crown with the Epic, which is a great look.  The blue that Callaway chose for the Rogue line is unique and eye-catching, and it’s used perfectly throughout the club.  For my money, no one can touch Callaway for making a complete club, grip-to-head, that’s as aesthetically dialed in.

Sound & Feel

At impact, the Rogue Sub Zero sounds similar to the Rogue, but quieter.  It’s very solid on center, slightly hollow when you miss, with a medium-pitch “crack.”  

What surprised me is how much the feel of the club changed when I shifted the weight.  With the weight back, it felt similar to the standard Rogue.  The driver felt “normal” (to me) during the swing and the head didn’t twist much on mishits.

When I moved the weight forward, I needed to recalibrate my feel for the club during the swing.  I found the difference really noticeable, and the forward CoG made me feel uncoordinated at first.  Once I adjusted to it, the thing that I noticed was that the head felt less stable on mishits.

Performance

The Rogue Sub Zero may be the lowest spinning driver I’ve ever hit.  I started with the weight back – the higher spinning position – and could barely get the spin over 2000 RPM.  Even when I hit massive cuts, I was registering in the mid-2000’s.  These numbers are even crazier in light of the fact that I was using the EvenFlow Blue – a higher spinning shaft – and I’ve started owning some swing changes that have raised my spin numbers.

When I moved the weight forward, the spin numbers got really silly.  I hit a hook that came in around 1100 RPM.  Big slices were well under 2000 RPM.  If you need to drop spin, the Rogue Sub Zero is the first place you should look.

These very low spin numbers do come at a cost in terms of forgiveness.  With the weight back, the forgiveness is in the same ballpark as the standard Rogue.  When the weight is forward, however, it drops off considerably.  Shots that were losing a 3-4 MPH were now losing 6-7 MPH.  When you don’t have speed to burn, that’s a big difference.  Low spin is great, but more speed is better, so I would suggest the weight forward position only to very consistent ball strikers.  

Callaway has three shaft options for the Rogue Sub Zero: the Aldila Synergy, Project X EvenFlow Blue, and Project X HZRDUS Yellow.  They come in weights of 50 grams, 60 grams, and 70 grams, and vary widely in terms of feel.  The EvenFlow is one of the smoothest, liveliest shafts available; the HZRDUS one of the stoutest.  Make sure you get fit to find the best one for you.

Conclusion

The sexiest driver in the Rogue line absolutely delivers when it comes to low spin.  The look of the Sub Zero is going to appeal to better players, and high spin golfers will flip out when they see the distance gains.  The only caveat is to be careful with your shaft choice and to make sure you’re not trading too much forgiveness for that low spin.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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13 Comments

  1. Hi Matt, again a very interesting review. One question, I see your ss in some reviews is in mid 90’s and in this one is 105. What is the reason for such a big difference?

  2. Did you hit it with the Even Flow Blue 6.5?

  3. Hi Matt – Great review. I’m a tall player (6’4″), with a med-high swing speed who used to play a lot (9 index) and now I don’t (15 index). I have a steep swing and I’m a high spin player. I have trouble hitting fairways and often take long iron but would love to hit driver and keep it in play. It sounds like the Rogue Sub Zero may be a good solution. What stiff flex shaft do you recommend I get? Thanks!

    • Matt Saternus

      T,

      I would recommend that you get fit so that you can get the most out of your new $500 driver.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. Hi there . The Callaway rouge sh comes with the 14 gram weight and two gram weight. Wondering if you can use different weights like a 14 and 5 maybe ? Or even 14 and another 14? What do you think?

    • Matt Saternus

      I don’t know how many different weights Callaway makes or how easy they are to get, but I don’t see any reason you couldn’t get another 14 from and plug it in.

      Best,

      Matt

  5. Matt, excellent review. I was recently fitted at Club Champion for a Callaway Rogue SZ 9.0 driver w/ Mitsubishi Diamana DF 70-x shaft for a 114 mph SS…not wanting to spend $900 for the clubhead-shaft combo, I was curious which of the stock shafts would most replicate the shaft characteristics of the Mitsubishi…I’m seeing most likely the yellow or the black Project X HZRDUS 75g shafts, but don’t know which is closest in specs. The Rogue SZ was an awesome driver, added 25 yards to my distance if I can get the right shaft included. Hope you can help!

    • Matt Saternus

      Greg,

      The Project X HZRDUS Black would be the closest, but I would stop well short of calling it similar to the Diamana DF.
      I certainly understand that $900 is a lot for a driver, but my advice is that it’s better to spend more to get exactly what you want/need than to try to save a little and get something that may not work. Did you talk to your fitter about shaft options that could bring the price down?

      Best,

      Matt

  6. Sean Peacock

    Hey Matt. Recently took my RSZ to an indoor with monitor to play around with settings.
    Can’t quite get a handle on weight forward, +1 vs weight back, -1?
    Theoretically, should be about the same affect?

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