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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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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