Callaway Rogue Driver Review

 
Callaway’s new Rogue family of drivers is the latest new club released for 2018 that is attracting a lot of attention. The Rogue is the next evolution in Callaway drivers that builds on the successes of the hugely successful GBB Epic drivers. The GBB Epic is clearly an outstanding and successful driver. According to Callaway, it is the #1 selling driver in the US and the GBB Epic Sub Zero and GBB Epic were chosen as the #1 and #2 drivers for 2017 in the GolfWRX Members’ Choice poll.

Callaway Golf 2018 Men's Rogue Driver, Right Hand, Synergy, 60G Shaft, Stiff Flex, 9 degrees

 
As the old adage goes, if it’s not broken, then don’t fix it. Callaway took this to heart with the new Rogue drivers. Both Jailbreak and Variable Face Thickness (VFT) technologies have been used before, but Callaway really worked on tweaking them in the Rogue Driver to get even greater ball speed and distance. The new and improved Jailbreak technology uses an hourglass shape rather than the vertical rods found in the GBB Epic to improve the weight by 25%. The new VFT feature, X-face, strategically changes the thickness of the face of the driver in the center and perimeter to increase forgiveness and create improved ball speed, even on off-center hits.

Golf digest chose the Rogue as one of its 2018 Hot List Gold Medal winners, and for good reason. The Rogue improves on the GBB Epic to provide even better ball speed and performance features that make this driver ideal for golfers who have mid to high handicaps and are looking for more ball speed off of the tee.

The Rogue Driver comes in 3 versions – the Rogue, the Rogue Draw, and the Rogue Sub-Zero. The Rogue is the standard version. The Draw includes additional weight that is moved toward the heel to adjust the center of gravity and create a draw bias to combat the slice. The Sub-Zero has the same features but in a smaller form and has interchangeable weights to create lower spin and more forgiveness. It is aimed more at the low handicap golfer and tour pros, but many average golfers also prefer it.

To learn more about the Rogue family lineup, we have performed a comprehensive review on each of the various versions, including the Rogue Driver, Rogue Draw Driver, and the Rogue Sub Zero Driver. Please take a look and let us know what you think about these amazing clubs.

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Key Features

  • As with the Epic, the Rogue also includes Jailbreak technology which improves ball speed by optimizing the performance of the head at impact. This is achieved through stiffening the connection between the crown and sole of the head of the club.

  • The X-Face technology in the Rogue is a Variable Face Thickness that strategically increases thickness in the middle and decreases it around the edges of the face of the club to resemble an x-shape. This results in faster ball speeds for off-center hits, complementing the Jailbreak feature.

  • Callaway collaborated again with Boeing on the aerodynamic Speed Step technology for the geometry of the head of the Rogue driver to optimize the aerodynamics of the leading edge, improving airflow and promoting faster swing speeds.

 

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OUR RATING
  • Exceptional Ball Speed from The Jailbreak Effect
  • More MOI and Forgiveness from Our Triaxial Carbon Crown
  • Industry-leading Boeing Aero Package

Rogue Driver Detailed Review

Design and Technology

To get the most out of each drive, the Rogue’s design and technology is primarily targeted at getting faster ball speeds and faster swings. Jailbreak and X-Face VFT work together to promote faster ball speeds, even for off-center hits. The aerodynamic Speed Step design helps optimize the airflow around the leading edge of the club face, increasing the swing speed.

Jailbreak technology was introduced in 2017 for the GBB Epic. Callaway used vertical metal rods to connect the crown and sole of the head of the club. The effect is to make the body stiffer and allow the face to create higher ball speed by taking on higher loads. This same technology is present in the Rogue drivers, but has changed slightly. Now the rods are hourglass-shaped titanium rods that are 25% lighter and also make the X-Face VFT technology possible.

For X-Face VFT, Callaway strategically altered the thickness of the face of the head to improve forgiveness for off-center hits. Callaway analyzed simulated ball impacts at over 100 different locations on the face and adjusted the thickness at those points accordingly. The result helps the face to flex faster on off-center hits, which increases forgiveness allows for increased ball speed even when the ball is hit off-center.

Callaway first partnered with Boeing for the XR 16 driver. Engineers from both companies worked together to analyze the path of the club head on the downswing through impact, including acceleration points and clubhead rotation. Then they used Boeing’s advanced modeling software to optimize the air flow over the crown and reduce drag by utilizing a Speed Step trigger near the top edge of the face. The same Speed Step aerodynamic design is found in the Rogue and has been refined to be even more efficient and increase the club head speed. On the Rogue, Callaway also utilizes their largest ever Triaxial Carbon Crown to further strengthen and reduce weight. The weight is redistributed to the perimeter to significantly improve the moment of inertia and forgiveness on the Rogue from the GBB Epic.

Rogue Driver

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Pros

  • Forgiving of off-center hits due to the X-Face VFT
  • Jailbreak technology and X-Face VFT work tighter to achieve faster ball speeds and farther drives
  • The industry-leading Boeing Aero package helps golfers get faster head speeds

Cons

  • Lacks any ability to adjust the center of gravity and MOI
  • Does not provide the slice correction of the Rogue Draw or lower ball speeds of the Rogue Sub-Zero
  • For golfers that already have the Epic, it may not be enough of an improvement
Build Quality
Control and Performance
Design and Appearance

 
 
Rogue Driver Review

Specs

Callaway offers a robust selection of shaft options for the Rogue Driver, including several premium aftermarket shafts, such as the Aldila Synergy, Aldila Quaranta, Project X EvenFlow, and Project X HZRDS Yellow. These shafts are also available in 40g, 50g, 60g, and 70g weights.

Callaway Optifit technology uses a hosel with an upper and lower cog that can be adjusted to create 8 different loft and lie combinations. Loft can be adjusted one degree at a time from one degree below the stated loft up to two degrees above the stated loft. The lie varies between neutral and draw.

Conclusion

Callaway builds on the smashing success of the GBB Epic to create an even better driver – the new Rogue. The Rogue uses an improved Jailbreak technology with carefully engineered X-Face VFT to increase ball speed and forgiveness. Callaway also aerodynamically designed the Rogue driver to improve head speeds by optimizing the air flow and reducing drag. The result is a driver that avoids a complete redesign of the highly acclaimed GBB Epic, and instead improves upon what made that driver so good. The Rogue is an excellent choice for any golfer, but mid to high handicap golfers will find the most benefit with increased forgiveness and ball speeds.

Rogue Driver Video Review

 

How Does the Rogue Driver Compare?

TaylorMade M3 Driver

The TaylorMade M3 Driver is one of most technologically advanced drivers ever produced and is engineered to expand the sweet spot, maximizing forgiveness, and allowing for personalized adjustment of the ball flight. It is meant to replace TaylorMade’s M1 Driver and builds on the innovations and technology that made that driver a success. See our TaylorMade M1 Driver review here to learn more. The TaylorMade M3 signature feature is its innovative new Twist Face design that uses a novel corrective curvature on the face of the club to add forgiveness and help drives go straighter. A Hammerhead slot further adds to the forgiveness while also increasing ball speed to help extend drives further down the fairway. Lastly, a new Y-Track movable weight system allows adjustments to optimize ball flight. These all combine to help get the most out of drives, making them straighter and longer than before. The TaylorMade M3 Driver is truly an amazing club that is perfect for the low to mid handicap golfer looking to improve their performance on the course.

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OUR RATING
  • New face curvature w/corrective face angle on off-center hits, to reduce side spin & deliver straighter shots. Provides more loft in high-toe & less loft in low-heel for more consistent spin
  • New sole slot implemented into our most adjustable driver for the first time. Reinforced outer portions of the slot allow for a lighter, more flexible face
  • The center portion of the slot increases ball speed low on the face & drops unwanted spin for more distance

 

TaylorMade M4 Driver

The TaylorMade M4 Driver is one of most technologically advanced drivers ever produced, improving power and forgiveness. As with the TaylorMade M3 Driver, it improves on the driver’s forgiveness and helps drives to go further by implementing two of the same technologies found in the M3 Driver: a new Twist Face design and a Hammerhead slot. Twist Face takes the face of the club and slightly twists it to create a bulge and roll in just the right areas to correct for human tendencies when striking the ball off-center and results in straighter drives. It is meant to replace TaylorMade’s M2 Driver and builds on the innovations and technology that made that driver a success. See our TaylorMade M2 Driver review here to learn more. The Hammerhead slot is similar to the Speed Pocket found in the M2 Driver but is further refined to increase forgiveness and ball speed, pushing drives even further down the fairway. Lastly, the M4 also features a Geocoustic design that contributes to a larger sweet spot and magnifies the sound and feel of drives. The M4 Driver is genuinely a carefully engineered club that is perfect for low to mid handicap golfer looking to improve their performance on the course while also providing the freedom that comes with not needing to adjust any weight positions.

PRODUCTDETAILS
OUR RATING
  • New face curvature w/corrective face angle on off-center hits, to reduce side spin & deliver straighter shots. Provides more loft in high-toe & less loft in low-heel for more consistent spin
  • Hammerhead slot: the reinforced outer portions of the slot allow for a lighter, more flexible face, resulting in a larger sweet spot
  • The center portion of the slot increases ball speed low on the face and drops unwanted spin for more distance

GX7 Golf Club

The GX7 Golf Club is amazing little club, even though it is “As Seen on TV”. We all know that the hardest part of golf is being consistent, especially when we are hitting off of the tee box. That is why the pros are the pros, and we are amateurs. But have you ever wondered if the reason why you are not consistent when hitting off the tee box is because you are using the same golf club that the pros use, and not a golf club made for amateurs. Well this is the exact theory behind the GX7 Golf Club. A golf club made for amateurs that provides the hitting consistency of a pro. So if you can get over the fact that the GX7 is a “As Seen on TV” Golf Club, you might be amazed by what this little club can do. The GX7 Golf Club is a great driver for a high handicap golfer looking to improve their game both on and off the tee box.
 
Callaway Rogue Driver
 
 

Should You Buy the Rogue Driver

Callaway builds on the smashing success of the GBB Epic to create an even better driver – the new Rogue. The Rogue uses an improved Jailbreak technology with carefully engineered X-Face VFT to increase ball speed and forgiveness. Callaway also aerodynamically designed the Rogue driver to improve head speeds by optimizing the air flow and reducing drag. The result is a driver that avoids a complete redesign of the highly acclaimed GBB Epic, and instead improves upon what made that driver so good. The Rogue is an excellent choice for any golfer, but mid to high handicap golfers will find the most benefit with increased forgiveness and ball speeds.

 

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