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Callaway Rogue X Irons Review

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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.

Buy the Callaway Rogue X Irons HERE

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  1. I’ve been playing the X irons since February and this review is so SPOT ON. These are not your dad’s SGI irons of the past.

  2. 41 degree Pitching Wedge, and the Golfer thinks he is hitting a Pitching Wedge when he is really hitting an 8 Iron with a P on the bottom. But to people that are hitting it shorter as they get older are happy cause they are back to hitting a P Wedge like they used to. It is a gimmick, a fake that sells clubs and the manufacturers know they are gullible. Why not just put a P on the bottom of your 6 Iron and tell your friends how far you hit your “P” Wedge. The idea is to get the Ball f rom here to there, not a false ego and who cares what the number is, just learn how far you can hit it with each club and drown your ego. It is nothing but a scam

    • Todd Bonsang

      Damn dude, I just bought these and they are super forgiving and yes the loft’s are not standard. But it’s not a scam, all the manufacturers are going in this direction. These clubs are awesome and I absolutely love them. At the end of the day if someone buys these with their hard earned money and feel rejuvenated to get back out and play then isn’t THAT all that matters? Listen people if you want these then I give them two very big things up!! No scam here.

    • william Neal

      When you get older and start losing distance, it feels good to hit a 7 iron as far as you did 10-15 years ago. It just gives a good feeling of old confidence. When I pull a club out of the bag I go by number, not loft. Just a product of longtime conditioning.

    • Craig Chase

      Joro – Lighten up, Francis. People who own the Rogue X like them. Period.

    • I’ll only say this. If u think the guys on tour are hitting 170 yard 8 irons with a standard loft, u r crazy. Every one of their clubs r bumped up several degrees. The main reason is it’s easier to hit a jacked up 8 than to hit like a 6.

  3. Mark Bryant

    Just bought a set of rogue x to try and find a club I had more confidence with this club delivers nicely balanced at address nice feel of weight in the head and very easy to hit only problem is I am hitting ball longer than my old titlest clubs but that will come with using regained confidence in my irons

  4. Yes, the lofts are much stronger do hitting the PW is closer to hitting a standard 9 iron. But guess what? Your “standard” PW WAS your father’s 9 iron. Loft creep has been in play for a long time. The difference is how the ball comes of the clubface, the way it feels, the ease in the way the club head goes though deep Bermuda grass and still hit it clean. All the while, you can still work the ball at will. That is what makes these irons worth the money.

  5. Todd Bonsang

    I just spent about a month hitting irons at Golf Galaxy looking to replace my beloved JPX 850’s. I wanted something super forgiving and something that gave me some extra distance. I decided to hit the Callaway Steelheads as well as the JPX 919 and the Callaway Rogue and Rogue X. I did a lot of simulator testing and looked long and hard at the numbers. The 919 and the Rogue and Rogue X were the clear front runners, but I noticed that I hit the X further with the same club as the others, unusually longer. I asked the fitter helping me out if that was legit or what. He explained that the lofts on the 7 iron was like hitting a 5 iron. I wasn’t sure what to think about that and bought the Steelhead. No sooner than I got home I regretted my decision, I wanted to hit longer and decided to bring the Steelhead back and give the 919 and Rogues a try. I then clinched my decision when I picked up the Rogue X hybrids that came with the set. All I can say is WOW! I’ve never hit hybrids that well in my entire life. I also proceeded to try the Rogue driver and it’s safe to say I own Rogues. Well done Callaway, I can’t wait to play now;)

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  7. These irons are in a class by themselves.
    The golf ball flies off the clubs .
    Great clubs.

  8. I am a 13.3 handicap I’ve been playing ping g 400 , I was having trouble hitting my long irons 5,6 so I went and tried several clubs it came down to the big Bertha irons and the rogue x irons both great clubs but there was about $300 deference. I settled for the rogue x I hit the long irons with ease it was like wow what a great feeling, the lofts are on the strong side but that’s not what I was looking for I wanted a club I could hit strait , nothing more I can adapt to the distance, I can honestly say you will get good height and distance there was no problem with the ball stoping on the green and they are by far the most forgiving club I’ve ever hit . Enjoy and buy with confidence There great !!!

  9. For slower swing players and “seniors” who have lost club head speed over the years, the key question to answer is not the number stamped on the club but do you know your yardage and can you get the ball to stop on the green and not roll off? If shafts can get you the height and decent angle to stop with good spin numbers then the rest of the issue is in your head. Especially if the clubs are forgiving and makes you enjoy hitting your iron shots.

  10. Those talking about the PW really being an 8 iron etc are completely missing the point. Callaway , as well as Taylormade, Ping and others have created clubs which may be lower in loft than PWs used to be but the flight characteristics remain the same, and that’s the key. My Callaway Rogue X ,PW travels 20 yards further but height, trajectory, spin rate and the ability to stop the ball on the green are all the same. How can anyone not want that.

  11. I absolutely love these clubs! I am 51, and was a once or twice a year, mediocre at best, golfer. Decent but inconsistent long game, with horrible short game. Didn’t enjoy golf very much and therefore never practiced. Bought these clubs, and now I hit the ball straight and long most of the time. I can reach a 170-yard par 3 with a 7-iron now – this was 5/6-iron for me before – and I could not reliably”hit” (psychologically, anyways) a 5-iron very well in the past! So, what does all this mean? It means I love playing golf now and I can’t wait to get out and play again. Pros and talented players think this is a gimmick (to them it is, I get that), but if a club can instill confidence, make a mediocre player a much better ball-striker, and most importantly, make golf enjoyable and fun, it’s a big winner in my book. Thank you Callaway!

  12. Bought rogue x to replace my tommy armor 845s which Ive always loved. But old age back and ankle problems made me lose distance. I really can’t take a full back swing or swing like a gorilla anymore and my 7 iron on my old clubs I was struggling to go 130 yrds. With the rogue x I’m back to 145 yrds avg. I do find times that they go way further than I could imagine. Last week with 142 to the green my rouge x 7 went 168 yrds way behind the green. I also find that for me there isnt much difference between my 9 and 8 iron I can hit both around 130 to 135 yrds . So 11 months into these clubs I am very happy but I’m still guessing a little on yardages. I use my old tommy armor pitching wedge which is 48 degree loft as an A wedge and just picked up the G rogue x to fill the gap between my sand wedge. What I’m grateful for is I don’t have to swing out of my boots just a nice easy swing sends the ball a long way.

  13. Gary Finkbiner

    Can’t determine the correct loft of the Rogue x sand wedge. One site says 54 degrees, and another says 56.

  14. Mike Witkowski

    I am 74. Bought the Rogue X when they came out with regular steel shafts. At that time I was losing yards with my Steelheads. With the Rogue X my yardage went back up and them some. Now 6 years later, I am starting to lose a few yards. Question is should I get new irons or reshaft these into something lighter? In 2023 many companies have 7 irons near 27 degrees. Has technology increased enough that I would see a drastic improvement? If I keep them and get a lighter shaft, what shaft would you recomend?

    • Matt Saternus


      My advice would be to get a quality fitting. You can find out which route will get back more of the distance you’ve lost without any guessing.



  15. These were the first set of irons I ever purchased for myself after getting into golf. I’ve since moved on to a different set, but your review did not let me down for the first few years I played these! Thank you! #DoubleSecret

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