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The Callaway Rogue X irons are built for distance, and they deliver exactly that. Very forgiving with a wonderful sound, these clubs instill confidence.
Honesty is such a simple concept, yet often masked by marketing spin. That’s why I actually enjoyed the Callaway website on the Rogue X irons. They didn’t try to masquerade the irons as anything but what they are – clubs built for max distance. They come right out and state:
“Lighter, longer, stronger: Compared to Rogue Standard, Rogue X is lighter in weight and longer in length, with stronger lofts. Wide sole pulls the CG low and deep for easy, high launch and long carry.”
Although the badging and colorways are comparable with the standard Callaway Rogue, the Rogue X is distinctive looking. At address there’s more offset, the topline is thicker and the cavity becomes visible as the lofts go down.
Upright in the bag, the wide sole is made to appear slimmer with a beveled trailing edge. The blend of colors and finishes in the cavity help mask the overall size of the head.
Sound & Feel
In the quest for more ball speed, club faces have been getting thinner, which imparts more vibration. To counter the additional vibration, designers have been using urethane, which in turn hinders face flex – a vicious balancing act. For the new Rogue iron series, Callaway developed urethane microspheres that allow for maximum face flex, dampened vibration, and improved sound and feel.
What I encountered was a club that was satisfying to hit. With hard range balls or tour caliber models strikes felt crisp and powerful. The woodsy ‘thwack’ at impact had a very pleasant volume and tone. Built for ample forgiveness, there wasn’t much feedback except on true mishits. For players who struggle with consistency, the Rogue X will instill confidence.
Let’s start with the finish – Callaway Rogue X are long. I witnessed a consistent 10 yard advantage over my gamer 7 iron, and closer to 15 yards with pitching wedge. How are they achieving this? The obvious piece is stronger lofts. 27° vs 31° in the 7 irons and 41° vs 44° in the PWs. The surprising part for me was the high trajectory. Callaway achieves this with the larger head and precisely positioned tungsten weighting that keeps the COG low and deep.
Getting back to feedback, it’s not unexpected that most hits feel solid given the construction of the club face. The 360 Face Cup expands the hitting area while the Variable Face Thickness (VFT) technology maintains ball speed. All that forgiveness sounds too good to be true, but my Trackman data supports the claims. I had extremely consistent mid-spin numbers and distances +/- 10 yards from average. The offset produced a left bias for me, but may help golfers who tend to slice the ball.
The Callaway Rogue X shares a lot of technologies with the standard Rogue and even the Rogue Pro, yet has a clear position in the line-up – max distance. The head may be a bit larger than what you’re used to, but the added forgiveness and extra yardage it yields should be very appealing to a lot of mid to high handicap golfers.