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.