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Highlights from GolfWRX’s Callaway Rogue Q&A

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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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Pat Perez: The R&A “do it right, not like the USGA”

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Pat Perez opened The Open, as it were, with a 2-under 69, and at the time of this writing, he’s 4 under for the second round and tied for the lead.

Clearly, there’s something Double P likes about links golf. And when he was asked whether he was surprised by how receptive the greens at Carnoustie were after his opening round, Perez shook his head with conviction and said.

“They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA…They’ve got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you’ve got the greens receptive. They’re not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn’t. The course is just set up perfect.”

“The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”

Pat Perez has no problem speaking his mind. While it has gotten him in trouble in the past, you have to respect his candor. The interesting question, as I asked in the Morning 9, is how many Tour pros agree him?

Sure, it’s unlikely any of Perez’s compatriots will join him publicly in his “R&A does it right, USGA does it wrong” stance, but it’d be very interesting to know what percentage are of the same mind.

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68 at the British Open in the morning, golf with hickories at St Andrews in the afternoon

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Yes, golf fans, just another day in the charmed life (or week, at least) of one Brandon Stone.

Stoney (as I assume his friends call him), came to Carnoustie on the heels of a final-round 60 to win the Scottish Open. All he did in his opening round was fire a 3-under 68. Not bad!

But his Thursday to remember was only getting started as Stone made the 25-mile trip south to the Old Course to peg it…with a set of hickory clubs! Well played, sir, well played.

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Jean van de Velde’s 1999 British Open collapse is still tough to watch in LEGO form

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Gather ‘round, golf fans, for the saddest British Open story ever told–in LEGOs.

Maestro of the plastic medium, Jared Jacobs, worked his singular magic on Jean van de Velde’s notorious final-hole collapse at Carnoustie in 1999.

The interlocking plastic brick cinema begins after van de Velde’s approach shot has caromed off a grandstand railing to land on the opposite side of the Barry Burn.

 

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