Are Rogue Irons Any Good

Maria Johnson
• Friday, 27 November, 2020
• 7 min read

It’s nothing new to have a regular and a ‘pro’ model with Callaway irons, but the brand have taken things a couple of steps further with the Rogue. This is a bit of a change from the Epic range as the irons didn’t arrive until about six months after the woods.

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There’s the same color scheme with the Callaway Rogue irons as the woods which is a subtle splash of ‘teal’. As you’d expect the regular Rogue iron is quite chunky with plenty of offset and the ‘pro’ version is more compact.

So the Callaway Rogue irons feature something called urethane microspheres behind the face which dampen vibrations without sacrificing ball speed. A: “Thin, fast, high-COR (bounciness, trampoline effect) iron faces promote fast ball speed, yet they are subject to a significant amount of vibration at impact, resulting in a harsh, ‘click’ sound and feel.

A: The internal standing wave in each iron head consists of a specially shaped piece of MIM’ed tungsten. “Extremely low in the long- irons to promote easier launch and high, long flight; and progressively higher as loft increases to promote a lower flight in the short- irons for added control.

The regular Rogue irons have fairly wide-ranging appeal but will be a bit too chunky for those who crave a certain look at address. The dispersion left to right and front to back is pretty good for me and the ball speed is very solid.

The spin is too low but that just seems to be the norm for this type of iron these days, and you just have to adjust to the fact they may run out 10-15 yards. With the Rogue Pro irons I struggled to get the same distance as I felt the drop off in carry was much more noticeable when you didn’t hit it right out of the middle.

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The Callaway Rogue irons are long, forgiving game improvement clubs with a very satisfying impact sound. If you’re making the switch to Callaway’s Rogue woods this year, it’s very likely that you’ll be getting longer off the tee.

Fans of Callaway’s game improvement irons will feel very comfortable looking down at the Rogue irons. Putting it next to the Rogue Pro (above, left), it’s clearly a longer iron, but something about the shaping and finish make it appear smaller.

I didn’t feel like I had pinpoint accuracy in locating impact, but I could easily distinguish a mishit from a pure strike. Every Rogue club that I’ve tested so far as been long, from the drivers to the truly ridiculous fairway woods.

If you’re in the market for game improvement irons this year, the Callaway Rogue irons should be on your demo list. They’re long, they’re easy to hit, and they put the ball in a tight circle whether you strike it perfectly or not.

The following two tabs change content below. Matt is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking.

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From the internal side, Rogue irons are uniquely different as they provide Callaway's fastest 360 Face Cups. Some golfers suffer because they don’t strike the core of the face consistently.

Ball speeds of any part away from the middle point are intensely reduced creating significant loss of distance. Multi-material construction and advanced technology made these irons more attractive for players of all levels.

This review will make it easier to keep Rogue irons in your consideration by revealing the information required for you. The FT effects in such a way that they club face flexes to enhance more ball speed on off-center hits.

Tungsten Weighting for Optimal Flight and Control Tungsten weighting will enable you to position the CG in every long iron with unique precision, increasing optimum launch and control at each individual loft. The tungsten, twice as hard as steel, focuses notable weight into a small space in the course of an intricately shaped form, which is central to precisely controlling CG location.

Urethane Microspheres for Phenomenal Sound and Feel The advantage of a thin club face is that it gives quicker ball speed and better distance. On the other hand, the flip side of it is that it gives too much vibration that produces an annoying sound and feels that aren't pleasant.

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But one more thing to remember, it can diminish the face’s ability to flex, lowering COR and ball speed. The included elastic-urethane microspheres offer the sound and feel the advantage of urethane without compromising COR or ball speed.

And the increased spin creates higher flight in Rogue iron that is missing in Epic. You may find the epic producing more solid sound and effect, but the Rogue is more affordable than others.

So for those who can't afford an epic, will definitely find Rogue as an ideal choice. Let's see an average ball data comparison generated by Rogue and epic irons.

Callaway Rogue irons are good for beginners and ideal for mid handicapped players. So you can start with these irons, but can't expect something super like a professional golfer.

Some of their specific features made them good irons to the users such as performance for different golfers, faster ball speeds, Variable Face Thickness (FT) technology. This technology dramatically enlarges the portion of the face that gives one the advantage of getting more distance.

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And it is no doubt you will get maximum performance within your limited budget from this golf club. The new microsphere material in the internal cavity acts like a sponge, offering improved sound, feel and feedback in a cavity-back iron.

The new RogueIrons embody Callaway's Rogue philosophy to break away from established protocols in order to develop new ways to extract maximum performance from a golf club. R&D experts at Callaway found that high-COR iron faces promoting faster ball speeds are subject to a significant amount of vibration at impact, resulting in a harsh, 'click' sound and feel.

Callaway solved this problem with a new urethane material infused with thousands of tiny air pockets called microspheres, which create porosity. At impact, the microspheres change shape and flatten to create room for the urethane to flex to prevent slowing the face.

It’s heads bigger than Rogue Pro but smaller than the X, and it’s crammed full of ball speed and forgiveness improving tech. Callaway say it’s the hottest iron face they’ve ever created, with the same levels of bounce back as a driver over a larger area than ever before.

As nice as Rogue are we can’t really imagine golfers buying into them once they’ve hit both sets on a launch monitor and X naturally flies shots further. Dr. Alan Rockwell, Senior Vice President, Research and Development at Callaway Golf, commented: “The technical complexity of RogueIrons propels performance into the unknown.

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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.

The upside of a thin club face is faster ball speed and more distance, while 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.

Thin, fast face irons promote faster ball speeds, but they experience a significant amount of vibration, which can result in a harsh, click sound and feel. By infusing thousands of tiny air pockets (microspheres) into a new urethane material we dampen vibration without slowing the club face.

The tech also helps control impact vibration, improving feel and sound and giving an optimum launch to each set. The Rogue's Face Cup employs a shallow, exile rim around the perimeter that exes and releases at impact to increase ball speed.

The lofting and general size of the Rogue iron suggests it is designed to offer distance and forgiveness to the mid-to-high handicapper, and it certainly delivers on that. It has a large profile at address with plenty of meat behind the ball without looking chunky, while the double white score lines at the bottom of the face assist with alignment.

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This contrasts sharply with the Rogue Pro, which has a much lighter finish and is substantially more compact and traditional in overall appearance, appealing to more competent ball strikers. The Rogue X is the largest of the three irons we tested, in face the sole was so wide on the 5-iron that it was visible behind the towline at address.

This suggests that the weight positioned low and back in the construction of Rogue assists with dynamic lofting and getting the ball up in the air easily, whereas the Pro produces a more penetrating flight preferred by better players. With those lofts and longer shaft lengths, it was always going to be, but interestingly the launch angle was pretty high, perhaps partly down to that wide sole we talked about earlier, which also helps with forgiveness through the turf.

The Rogue iron range is long, forgiving and has enough different between the models to cater for different player types.

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