Reviewed by Daniel Fincham
- 9 handicapper
- 106 MPH driver swing speed
- Daniel played Callaway Razr Black Driver 10.5 before Callaway Rogue Driver
Review in short
The Callaway Rogue driver is aimed at low to mid handicappers who want a high performing driver without too many bits of tech to worry about. Now an older model, you can pick up one of these drivers for a bargain price on the used market.
Why I play this driver
Having played the Callaway Razr Black driver for a number of years I wanted more of what I was used to from the Callaway Rogue. This driver exceeded my expectations in every area. I got less spin, lower launch, less dispersion and increased distance - who doesn't want that!
I love the look of Callaway drivers, but the Rogue really suits my eye. The black finish looks classy and it frames the ball really nicely - I always feel confident when I tee up the driver. The way the crown blends into carbon gives the driver a modern look, so you know you're getting the latest technology.
Sound and feel
You would expect a game-improvement driver to sacrifice some sound and feel in exchange for tings like distance and forgiveness.
I feel like the Rogue doesn't have amazing feedback, but the sound and feel are impressive. The best way I can describe the feel of the Rogue in the swing and through impact is "rock-solid".
Smashing the sweet spot sounds and feels so satisfying that you’ll want to keep hitting again and again until you wear yourself out.
You might be surprised to learn that mis-hits feel nearly the same as sweet spot hits; the difference comes in the sound, which gets more metallic and hollow as you move away from the center. This is all you can work with if you’re trying to discern where you made contact on the face.
The Rogue driver features Jailbreak technology. This is essentially a series of hourglass-shaped titanium bars (now 25% lighter) that create a strong vertical connection between the crown and the sole.
This has the effect of stiffening the crown and sole, allowing the face to take on more impact load, producing faster ball speeds.
I found I gained around 20% more distance over my old driver, which is pretty awesome. My dispersion also dropped significantly, meaing driver is now my favourite club in the bag.
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Price per iron
$545 (Original RRP)