Callaway Rogue Sub Zero Fairway Wood Review

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The Callaway Rogue Sub Zero fairway wood is a great choice for better players who need to lower their spin.  Forgiveness is good, but not at the same level as the standard Rogue fairway wood.

Introduction

Just as with the driver, maxing out your distance with a fairway wood requires high launch and low spin.  The problem is that adding more loft to create higher launch also creates more spin.  Enter the Callaway Rogue Sub Zero fairway wood.  With a low, forward center of gravity (CG), it reduces spin to bring those par 5s within reach.

Looks

At address, Callaway’s Rogue Sub Zero fairway wood is very similar to the standard Rogue FW.  It’s round, symmetrical, and the crown has a white alignment aid and carbon fiber in the rear.

The Rogue Sub Zero FW only measures to be 4cc smaller than standard, but it’s clearly smaller from front to back and very slightly smaller from heel to toe.

Another noticeable difference is in the face.  The Rogue SZ has scoring lines all the way from heel to toe, and the face is slightly taller.  The Rogue has lines with a gap in the middle that frame the ball and a graphic on the face.  You can see a side-by-side comparison in the slideshow at the bottom.

As I wrote about the Rogue drivers, the overall aesthetics of this club are dynamite.  From the color to the branding to the unique Golf Pride MCC grip, Callaway shows an attention to detail that’s beyond any other OEM right now.

Sound & Feel

The impact sound of the Rogue Sub Zero fairway wood is similar to the standard – average volume, medium pitch, and a healthy dose of metallic “ting” when you strike it well.

Where it differs from the standard Rogue is how it feels.  It’s easy to feel the difference in the center of gravity at impact.  The Rogue Sub Zero feels more solid, more connected to the ball, when you strike it well.  The downside is that it’s not as stable on mishits.

Performance

After the Rogue fairway wood blew me away, the Rogue Sub Zero had a lot to live up.  It ended up delivering exactly as I expected.

The Rogue Sub Zero’s raison d’etre is low spin.  The CoG is positioned forward to give shots a penetrating trajectory with lots of roll, and this is exactly what I saw in my testing.  Due to the shaft I tested with, I was hitting mostly fades with the Rogue SZ, and the spin never cracked 3000 RPM.  When I did get a solid draw, the spin dropped well below 2500 RPM.

Compared to fairway woods at large, the Rogue Sub Zero is forgiving.  Jailbreak Technology makes it long when you miss the center and really long when you don’t.  The problem is that the Rogue SZ is going to be compared to the Rogue, which retains ball speed better than anything else I’ve tested.  Long story short: if forgiveness matters more than low spin, get the standard Rogue.

As a product aimed at a smaller segment of golfers – the more accomplished players –  the Rogue Sub Zero has fewer fitting options that the standard Rogue.  The stock shafts come in 60, 70, and 80 grams, and there is a lot of variety in feel.  Players that want something very stout can opt for the HZRDUS.  If you want supreme feel, get the EvenFlow.  In the middle?  Get the Aldila Synergy.  The Rogue Sub Zero comes in three lofts: 3+ (13.5), 3 (15), and 5 (18).

Conclusion

For the majority of players – those of us who don’t hit the center of the face as consistently as we’d like – the standard Rogue fairway wood is the easy choice.  However, for the high-end ball striker who needs to get their spin down, the Callaway Rogue Sub Zero fairway wood does exactly what it’s designed to do.

Buy the Callaway Rogue Sub Zero Fairway Wood HERE

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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.

12 Comments

  1. rajopotamus

    i see that you launched the sub zero higher and with more spin than the standard rogue with is contrary to what would be expected from a low and forward COG. I know each day can be different, at least for me with my swing, however, were do you think that just came down to strike location for you or maybe lie/face orientation (more open?) I know you mentioned the shaft you played in it led to mostly fades – do you mind sharing what shaft it was?

    • Matt Saternus

      Raj,

      I tested the Sub Zero with the Aldila Synergy.

      Best,

      Matt

      • rajopotamus

        was that the same shaft that the standard rogue was tested with? Obviously i know i could go test them both myself, but youre alot more consistent of a player than i am so i was curious as to your thoughts. my driver and three wood SS are pretty healthy at 115 on the driver, however I tend to get a little handsy and overdraw the ball at times; so its nice to hear thoughts of a better player. I worry that with my miss being left, whether there was anything to what seemed to be a fade bias on the subzero, or just how it worked out for you that day. Thanks always.

        • Matt Saternus

          Raj,

          I tested the standard Rogue FW with the EvenFlow Blue. If you’re concerned about hooks, I would look at either the Synergy or the HZRDUS.

          Best,

          Matt

  2. I am considering PXG 0311P with KBS Tour graphite 80gms. I met with a wonderful PXG fitter in Chicago, Dave C. I’m a long time Ping guy playing I 200s with Modus 105 stiff. I have great trust in him and the variety of shafts we hit and his patience with me. I’m 62, 1 handicap.

    I called Ping yesterday, talked to a fitter who was very nice but left me with that same feeling I have got over the last several years. If you don’t fit into one of their several stock offerings then it’s trial and error when buying.

    I enjoyed the Trac Man PXG fitting.

    Thoughts?

    • Matt Saternus

      Mark,

      I haven’t tested the new PXGs yet, so I can’t comment on those. As for PING’s shaft offerings, I find they cover a good range of players, but they’re certainly not comprehensive.

      I would suggest visiting a brand agnostic club fitter like Club Champion or True Spec to find the best head and shaft combination available. Fittings with a single OEM are great for what they are, but obviously it limits your choices.

      Best,

      Matt

  3. How would you compare the sub zero vs TM m3 or 4 with respect to feel, launch and forgiveness?

  4. William Bacon

    #secretgiveaway

  5. Great review and I will have to check it out! Please let us lefties know if the club is available in left handed.

    Cheers

    #SecretGiveaway

  6. Chance Holden

    Matt, I just bought the Callaway Rogue SZ 3-wood with the Project X 6.0 75g HZRDUS shaft. I am really struggling with balls going left with this club and I’m wondering what your thoughts are on the fitting for me. I’m very good at working the ball both ways, but can’t seem to keep from hitting it left with this club. I am a scratch golfer with a driver swing speed of 113 mph.

    • Matt Saternus

      Chance,

      If you can’t stop the ball from going left, it sounds like some part of that club is a pretty bad fit. Which HZRDUS shaft are you using?

      Best,

      Matt

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