Callaway Rogue Irons - 2018 Golf Clubs
The new Rogue Irons embody the Rogue philosophy to break away from established protocols to develop new ways to extract maximum performance from a golf club. These irons feature a premium multi-material construction to combine new technologies with advancements to our industry-leading technologies that have helped us become the #1 Iron Brand in Golf. By pushing ourselves to reach unprecedented performance levels, we’ve created the best combination of distance, accuracy and playability ever in a Callaway iron.
360 Face Cup and VFT
Rogue irons combine our renowned 360 Face Cup technology with Variable Face Thickness (VFT) technology to expand the portion of the face that delivers fast ball speed. Face Cup employs a shallow, flexible rim around the perimeter of the face that flexes and releases at impact to increase ball speed. VFT also influences how the face itself flexes to promote more ball speed on off-center hits. The combination of these two technologies promotes ball speed and distance.
Tungsten Weighting for Optimal Flight and Control
Tungsten Weighting allows us to position the CG in each of the long irons with extraordinary precision, promoting optimum launch and control at each individual loft. The tungsten, twice as heavy as steel, concentrates significant weight into a small space in the form of an intricately shaped part, which is key to precisely controlling CG location.
Urethane Microspheres for Phenomenal Sound and Feel
The upside of a thin clubface is faster ball speed and more distance, the downside is excessive vibration that generates an unpleasant sound and feel. Urethane can be used to dampen vibration to improve sound and feel, but it can also greatly reduce the face’s ability to flex, lowering COR and ball speed. Our elastic-urethane microspheres provide the sound and feel benefits of urethane without compromising COR or ball speed.
Reviewed By: Andy Myers
Callaway: From Epic to Rogue
Like the Epic iron range last year, Callaway have produced both a ‘standard’ and a pro range. At first glance it's very easy to notice the difference between the two models. The Rogue is confidence inspiring with its larger head, offset and double white bottom groove (used to aid alignment) whereas the pro with its smaller head and duller finish really looks like a playable iron.
There has been a great deal of tech packed into the Rogue irons to make them the long and forgiving irons. The face is thin and wide, which makes for increased ball speed and a high MOI and the lofts are low. Callaway has addressed a historical problem of game improvement clubs which is the sound at impact. Bigger headed irons have always been loud which has been undesirable for even the least competent ball strikers, so Callaway has introduced a urethane based material that sits around the face in microspheres to dampen this sound and therefore improve the feel of the club. This has resulted in these irons ending up in the bags of golfers who would never have dreamt of using game improving clubs.
Callaway Rogue Pro and Rogue X
The Rogue Pro has some great features too. The sleeker profile (these irons remind me of the X forged Callaway irons from c.2007) and narrower sole have appealed in fitting sessions to a number of low and mid handicappers, and we really see quite a bit of workability on offer. They’re shorter in yardage terms than the standard Rogue irons, but we’ve certainly seen greater distance consistency in the shorter irons which will appeal to those golfers who put a premium on distance control. They sound pretty great too considering they’re not a forged iron. A real option for those low and mid handicappers that want the forgiveness of a game improvement iron but wish to retain the playability of a ‘pro’ set.
Within the Rogue range is also the Rogue X. Now, these irons are an absolute distance machine. Their lighter heads, very strong lofts and light shafts as standard – a recipe for big distance gains. These irons really will appeal to those with slower swing speeds – we’ve fit a number of juniors and seniors for these- but don’t expect to have the most significant distance control with them. If you’re really looking for a long and forgiving set to help you with your golf, then these are for you.