When Callaway put out the XR Irons several years ago they appealed to the mid to high handicap player. The player that wanted an affordable set of irons that made this challenging game quite a bit easier.
There were however some downfalls to the XR Irons.
They weren’t all that long, launch angle was not optimized and feel and sound made them seem a bit clunky through impact.
All that has been changed with the introduction of the Rogue Irons Callaway put out in 2018.
In this Callaway rogue irons review, we are going to cover the Rogue and Rogue X.
General Overview of the Rogue and Rogue X Irons
As I’m sure you have picked up on from all the different review that we do, ball speed is the name of the game. If you want to hit the ball further then you must increase your ball speed.
Callaway used their traditional VFT (Variable Face Thickness) with the addition of the 360 Face Cup Technology.
What this means for the average golfer is that the clubface has a much larger sweet spot and it flexes a bit more to give you some extra jump (or launch) off the clubface
Something we could all use in our golf game!
Another advancement in golf club technology has been the discovery of the thin clubface helping to increase ball speed. Callaway made the face as thin as they could on the Rogue, yet when this happens sometimes feel is poor.
Callaway designers were able to combat that issue using urethane microspheres. These act as almost an elastic in the clubhead to provide better sound and feel without affecting weight or performance at impact.
Now let’s review a bit more about the features and benefits of the irons Callaway Rogue put out this year.
Features and Benefits
Between the two models that are offered, there are quite a few players that would benefit from the irons Callaway rogue. The majority of low handicap golfers are not going to enjoy the feel of these clubs, and they likely won’t need the extra distance.
The perfect player for the Callaway Rogue Irons is the mid to high handicap golfer looking for mid-launch, increased distance and more forgiveness.
Now that the Rogue is no longer being produced by Callaway (it is still readily available) the custom shaft options are not as easy to find. The stock options are perfect for those players that need a standard model.
Callaway has stopped producing the Callaway Rogue Irons to move onto their Apex and Epic series. However, they are still fairly easy to find and at a much lower price point. If you are looking for something with a custom shaft, it’s going to be difficult to come across.
The good news is that the stock options are a perfect match and weight for these Rogue Irons. The Steel Shaft comes in a Regular and Stiff and it is the KBX Max 90.
The Graphite Shaft is the Aldila Synergy coming in a Regular and Stiff in the 60 gram and a Senior/Lite in the 50 Gram.
This type of player improvement iron is never going to have a small or thin clubhead. The performance would just not be the same. That being said this iron does appear quite a bit less clunky than the XR Iron.
With the Rogue X option as you move closer to the 5 and 4 iron, the head starts getting quite a bit bigger in the back. This is to help improve launch and forgiveness.
Considering the lofts are quite a bit lower on these clubs than some others in the market this is necessary to make sure that distance and accuracy are not compromised.
The sound on these can be a bit hollow but the urethane microspheres help to muffle that just a little.
Are they the most pretty irons on the market? Not really, but they are certainly not ugly.
One of the longest on the market today. Some will debate that this has everything to do with the lofts that are adjusted on the clubs.
The 4 iron on the Rogue X is more like a 2 iron. In my opinion it’s gotten a bit extreme. If a player who normally hits a 7 iron 150 puts a Rogue in their hand and hits it 165, all that is happening is they are creating a gap in the bag somewhere else.
Golfers with slower swing speeds who truly struggle to get the distance need to make a par, should seriously consider these Rogue Irons Callaway.
The Rogue X is a bit stronger than the Rogue so keep that in mind, the ball flight and launch will be affected by the strong lofts as well.
The Callaway Rogue Irons are extremely forgiving. The sweet spot on these clubs is just very large thanks to the VFT and FaceCup Technology.
Pricing has come down on these irons making them more affordable.
Callaway Rogue Irons Review
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Callaway Rogue X Irons Review
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Callaway Apex Irons
- The next step up from Callaway
- Slightly less forgiving
- If you don’t like the feel or look of the Rogue the Apex is the way to go
Read our Callaway Apex Irons review.
Cobra F9 Speedback Irons
- Highly advanced and engineered from Cobra
- Best suited for 5-25 handicap as long as a better handicap player doesn’t mind the thicker look of the clubhead
- Shape was changed for optimized MOI (moment of inertia) and lower center of gravity
- Similar price point to Rogue
TaylorMade M6 Iron
- Distance and forgiveness similar to the Rogue
- Slightly higher price point
- Feel seems to be a little less clunky than the Rogue
As you have seen in our review, the Callaway Rogue Irons took the Callaway XR Steelhead and improved on it greatly.
The Callaway Rogue Irons have been one of the best selling sets Callaway has ever put out. They were able to increase distance and forgiveness and still maintain decent sound and feel.
The option for the Rogue or Rogue X has made this club appeal to a wide range of players, the Callaway Rogue Pro Irons did not do quite as well. It provided increased distance, a thinner and smaller head but the players feel was just not there.