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Highlights from GolfWRX’s Callaway Rogue Q&A



Callaway’s Rogue line is already the No. 1 driver, No. 1 fairway wood, and No. 1 hybrid in the U.S., according to Golf Datatech.

Needless to say, there’s been plenty of chatter about all things Rogue in the GolfWRX forums. Yesterday, in our very forums, GolfWRX members got the opportunity to talk with company experts about the new technology.

To expand on “company experts,” here’s who WRX members got to talk to.

Dr. Alan Hocknell – SVP, Callaway Research & Development
Evan Gibbs – R&D Woods Director
Ian Barrett – Sr. Marketing Director
Steven Sourigno – Brand Product Manager
Scott Manwaring – R&D Irons and Hybrids Director

Quite a lineup. Here’s a quick roundup of the most interesting questions and answers.

Gprubes asked

‘With the Rogue fairway woods, is there a noticeable difference in how they perform between the regular and subzero models??’

Evan Gibbs – R&D Woods Director replied

“The launch angles should be similar between the two models but the subzero will have a lower spin profile and a flatter trajectory as a result. It will also have more of a neutral to fade biased shot shape, making the standard model a little easier to turn over. If you have a higher head speed and/or you use your 3w mostly off the tee and looking for the most distance, I’d probably recommend the subzero. If you have a lower head speed and/or you use your 3w a lot off the fairway, then I’d probably recommend the standard model. Hope that helps!’

Tj7644 asked

“I think I understand the Jailbreak bars, and variable face tech, but was exactly is the “X-Face with VFT” And how does that interact with the jailbreak bars to make such a total jailbreak effect?’

Dr. Alan Hocknell – SVP, Callaway Research & Development replied

“Epic had Jailbreak for the first time but we were still learning about the interaction of a ‘Jailbreak body’ with the face. The X-Face VFT is the first time we have tuned the face to really take advantage of Jailbreak and work with it for more ball speed. The face is named because of the thickness pattern on the inside. The thicker regions form the approximate shape of an X. Overall the face is more flexible and the Jailbreak bars are stiffer. This combination is the key to more speed.”

Littlered1212 asked

“I just bought an Epic Red driver. Why should I buy the new Rogue driver?’

Ian Barrett – Sr. Marketing Director answered

“Our Rogue Drivers have all the great ball speed that Epic had with Jailbreak (in fact a little more ball speed than Epic), but more forgiveness. So more consistent distance when you don’t always hit it out the middle of the face. Rogue is really long, and really forgiving.”

Rory4Pres asked

“Probably a dumb question but what’s different/improved about the Rogue compared to the Epic SZ?”

Evan Gibbs – R&D Woods Director answered

“Great question. A couple of key differences on the drivers: (1) a little lower spin, (2) higher ball speeds due to improved face + Jailbreak, and (3) a little easier to turn over. Hope that helps!

Kobes31 asked

“Do you have MOI numbers available for the current Rogue driver lineup? I’m really very interested in this line but obviously need to test/ get fitted to answer any other questions more relevant to me.’

Dr. Alan Hocknell – SVP, Callaway Research & Development answered

“We won’t be sharing the specific MOI numbers. They are over 8500 if you combine the loft-deloft direction with the open-close direction. These are good numbers but remember MOI is not the only measurement of forgiveness. Your also need to consider total weight, center of gravity draw bias, center of gravity height, aerodynamics to get a fuller picture of forgiveness. In Rouge we have high levels of performance in all these areas.”

TheBaggerVance asked

“If you were going to play 18 holes, let’s say it’s an executive course to make it easier, and you could only play with 1 club, which club would you choose and why?

Ian Barrett – Sr. Marketing Director answered

“Lets make some assumptions. Executive Course. Longest hole is 180 yrds. We’re playing in Colorado at 5000+ ft elevation. Easy. Its a Rogue Pro 8 iron. Goes really long…can eak out 175 at a push… can blade it to putt…and open it up for sand… lets do this!”

You can find the full Q&A thread here

Also, the folks from Callaway stuck around to answer a few more questions via Facebook Live on our page. Check it out.


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The 7 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (10.11.18)



If you’re on Instagram, you’re hopefully aware that we are ‘gramming it up as well (@golfwrx). And if you’re not following us, well, that hurts our feelings more than a three-putt bogey.

Even if you do follow WRX on Instagram, however, you may not be aware that an abundance of equipment enthusiasts are hashtagging their photos #GolfWRX. We feel it’s only right to feature the best of the WRX-tagged imagery here.

And if you’re not on Instagram, well there’s no way you could see these photos, so think of this series as a handy filter for the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Michael Martinez with a phenomenal custom Nike concept sketch in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Hispanic Heritage Month #golf #nikeshoes #leetrevino

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Worse than the blue screen of death…

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Sadness. #RadryGolf

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In the pantheon of golf tattoos, this one has to be featured prominently, no?

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Tattoo level: Tin Cup ???????? ???? via @pgamemes

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BB&F continues to reign as the ferrule king.

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Ferrule B

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Kraken’s latest ballmarker is hotter than a fire track.

With all due respect to aquatic creatures, these are the best kind of scallops.

A clean sole grind and stamping from Don White. Nothing like it.

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Made with a purpose.

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If you’re on Instagram, remember to hashtag your photos #GolfWRX. And if you’re not on Instagram, well, don’t.

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Report: No tickets will be sold for Tiger-Phil match



Sorry, fans, you’re not going to be able to buy tickets to the Tiger Woods-Phil Mickelson $9 million megamatch at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, November 23.

Per a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, only a “small gathering of sponsors and VIPs” will be allowed on course. The report also indicates that, in contrast to Phil Mickelson’s promised primetime (ET) showdown, the match will be played under the Nevada sun. The official start time is yet to be announced, ditto the PPV price.

We corrected the promo graphic below to eliminate the crowd. But right-handed Tiger Woods swinging a left-handed club still needs fixing.

Woods is the -220 favorite at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. Mickelson is a +180 underdog.

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WATCH: Is this the craziest hole-in-one you’ve ever seen?



Golfers often say that getting a hole-in-one is all luck. (Keep in mind that Tiger Woods, arguably one of the most skilled iron players ever, says he has 19 holes-in-one… so maybe not all luck.) But certainly there are some holes-in-one that are “luckier” than others.

And then there’s this shot by Eddie Pepperell at the 2018 British Masters…

Definitely a great shot, and he absolutely took dead aim, but how this golf ball found the bottom of the cup is mind-blowing. It seemed to bounce off the ground, go up the flagstick, hit the ground, then side hop itself right into the basket. Wow.

But is it crazier than the bank shot?

That one is hard to top.

Or how about the all-time classic Bugs-Bunny-assisted hole-in-one by Michael Jordan in Space Jam?

Looney Tunes aside, here’s what Pepperell had to say about his hole-in-one.

He may not have seen what happened at the time, but he’ll see it on highlight reels for years to come.

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