Along with the debut of the Rogue drivers, Callaway is also bringing to market fairway woods to match. The hype surrounding these has been exceptional because of one major component: Jailbreak. It was only a matter of time before the engineers at Callaway golf crammed two titanium rods into a fairway wood, and doing so makes complete sense. The success of Jailbreak is akin to what Dodge did with their Hemi engine when they first brought it to market. There wasn’t enough models that they could stick in, and with the good reason, as it was outselling previous models as well as the competition. The two models are the Rogue and Rogue Sub Zero.
Callaway Golf undoubtedly had a very good 2017 sales wise. They led in hard good market share almost across the board, and much of the credit can be given to consumers acceptance of the Epic driver line, in which the Jailbreak technology debuted.
Both fairways feature multiple technologies that have trickled down from the drivers including the above mentioned Jailbreak, Triaxial carbon crown, Boeing Speed Step as well as Internal Standing Wave and a 455 Carpenter Steel face with Face Cup.
Jailbreak: Two Titanium rods implanted just behind the face connect the crown to the sole of the club. What this does is allow energy to be transferred back to ball much quicker by stiffening the front of the club. By doing so, the face technology is also able to be fully utilized.
Triaxial Carbon Crown: The Crown is made up of a weave of 3 strand carbon each containing 3000 filaments. By using this, Callaway states that the carbon is 65% lighter then Titanium, one-third the density and is twice as strong as the Forged Composite material they have used previously.
Boeing Speed Step: What this technology does is allow for more efficient flow of air around the clubhead. As Callaway Golf describes it much better then I can:
“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.
Internal Standing Wave: ISW is essentially precision engineered tungsten placed where it is most useful. Callaway initially used this technology in their irons, but has brought it into the Rogue fairway. By doing so, the club designers can more precisely position the desired CG location.
Face Cup: By welding the face of the club separately, the edges form a cup like structure that is able to flex uniformly and provide more even ball speeds across the hitting area. At impact, the edges of the face allow the it to flex and give the club higher COR and ball speeds.
Now that I’ve explained some of the technology found in the Rogue Fairways, let’s explain the difference between the two models.
The Rogue is designed to be more forgiving and easier to launch. The CG has been placed low and further back plus combined with a larger, slightly shallower design, it allows for the ball to go higher and with greater accuracy.
The Rogue Sub Zero is a slightly more compact model that will have a more penetrating ball flight. With the forward CG location, spin will also be less then the standard model. The Sub Zero version has full scoring lines on the face, giving it more a player’s profile at address.
Both versions have glued, non-adjustable hosels and are available in a variety of lofts. The standard Rogue has the greatest amount of loft options. They are 13.5°, 15°, 17°, 19°, Heaven Wood / 20°, 21°, 23°, and 25°. Shafts weights range from 40g to 80g models. The Sub Zero model will be available in lofts of 13.5°, 15°, and 18° and shaft weights of ranging from 60g to 80g. Once more shaft details become available I will update this post.
Pricing for both models will be around $379CAD and available at retail February 23rd.