January 16, 2018
Today Callaway has let their Top Secret new line, called the Rogue, be unveiled to the world. I say Top Secret tongue and cheek because the hype surrounding this release is almost as big as what surrounded their Epic release last year. In October, early testers of the clubs started raving the performance of the line, most notably from the fairway models. And in previous years, photos leaked of the models, furthering the intrigue as to what Callaway had up their sleeve.
Well, that day is here. We will be doing a product preview for each model just as we did for TaylorMade’s M3 & M4 line. With that being said, let’s dig into what Callaway Golf has done with their all new model line, the Rogue. Rogue is somewhat a continuation of the XR series, but differentiates itself enough to be something totally different. It employs technologies adapted from previous models plus adds several key technological advances.
The Rogue Driver as it is called, is the “base model” and features four key technologies including Jailbreak, Triaxial Carbon crown, Boeing Speed Step and X Face with VFT.
Jailbreak: Debuting in the Epic line last year, Jailbreak is two titanium rods positioned near the face to help redirect the energy from impact back to the ball. The rods absorb the energy transferred from the face into the clubhead and deflect it back to the face. This also allows the face technology to be fully utilized . For the Rogue, Callaway designed the rods to be an hourglass shape, thus making them lighter while still having the same desired effect.
Triaxial Carbon Crown and sole: The crown of the clubhead is made from a Triaxial weave carbon that is 65% lighter and 33% of the density then Titanium. Each weave contains three tow-braids that when combined contain 9000 strands of carbon filaments. By extensively using this material, this allows the engineers to more precisely fine tune the CG and MOI properties of the club.
Boeing Speed Step: Developed via Callaway’s collaboration with the engineers at Boeing, the Speed Step technology is designed to allow for less pressure drag, thus creating a more efficient path through the air. It is best explained directly from Callaway Golf themselves.
“Optimizing air flow reduces one or both of the two key forms of drag — Pressure
Drag and Friction Drag. Pressure drag is characterized by a low pressure “wake”
stirred up behind the object, like the wake that occurs in the water behind a moving
boat. That low pressure pulls the object back. Friction drag concerns the flow of air
around the object. Good aerodynamics result in Laminar Flow, when air stays close
to the surface, promoting speed. Poor aerodynamics cause Turbulent Flow, when
the air separates from the surface, which hinders speed. Streamlined objects are
affected more by friction drag, bluff bodies are affected more by pressure drag.
However, sometimes a little turbulence in the right place can make a bluff body, like
a clubhead, move faster.”
X-Face with VFT: The Rogue’s clubface design is compromised of x-shaped ridge in the middle of the face plus VFT (Variable Face Thickness). The VFT allows for the face to better transfer the energy to the ball, even on off center strikes, by incrementally changing how thick the face.
The dual cog from previous model releases is compatible with the 460cc clubhead. It should be noted that the Rogue has a slightly larger footprint then the Epic. Certain golfers might find that this makes the clubhead look easier to hit at address.
Callaway will offer several premium aftermarket shafts at 40g, 50g, 60g, 70g and 80g weights, including Aldila Synergy, Aldila Quaranta, Project X EvenFlow, and Project X HZRDUS Yellow.
Rogue Sub Zero:
The Sub Zero model contains all the same technology as the standard Rogue, with one key addition. Two interchangeable weights, weighing 14 and 2 grams respectively, can be positioned to either promote lower spin and launch, or higher launch with increased MOI. According to Callaway, by installing the 14gm weight forward position, spin will be decreased by as much as 250 (+/-) rpms.
The Stock shaft selection is a little less then the standard Rogue. Shafts will be 50g, 60g, and 70g weights versions of the Aldila Synergy, Project X EvenFlow, and Project X HZRDUS Yellow.
Both drivers will have a $599CAD price tag and will be available at retail February 23rd.