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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 Houston Open could be permanently closed



The Houston Open looks to be in trouble. While, the PGA Tour won’t release the 2018-2019 schedule until some time around The Players Championship, word regarding schedule changes is already filtering out…and of course speculation abounds.

Unfortunately for the Houston Open, the long-standing Tour stop’s future looks to be in jeopardy on the heels of some recent news. First reported by Houston’s ABC 13 and later by Joel Beall of Golf Digest: The Golf Club of Houston, which has hosted the tournament since 2003, no longer wants to host the competition.

“We received notice this week from the Golf Club of Houston regarding the club’s decision to no longer host a PGA Tour event,” a Houston Golf Association statement said. “The Golf Club of Houston has been a great venue for the Houston Open dating back to 2003 and we look forward to maintaining a great relationship with the club.”

The tournament’s future has looked bleak since 25-year sponsor, Shell, ended its duties in 2017. Additionally, the Golf Club of Houston has been substantially renovated in recent years to provide players conditions similar to what they’ll face the following week at Augusta National.

However, knowing the tournament will move out of the pre-Masters calendar position, clearly didn’t sit well with GCH, and the club is finished playing host.

Thus, any future Houston Open needs a new course and new sponsor, which is, at the very least, a tremendous ask roughly a year out from the potential competition.

RELATED: Detroit could be getting a PGA Tour event


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Good? Bad? Hilarious? GolfWRX members discuss hypothetical two-man teams



In its second year, the Zurich Classic’s team format is a new and curious beast amidst the medal play that dominates the PGA Tour. The two-man team format got GolfWRX member AceCatKY thinking.

He writes

“What would be some of the best/worst/funniest pairings of two PGA golfers for a two-man event? Current and past golfers can be paired together so you could have Old Tom Morris and Patrick Reed if you wanted…I think DJ/DeChambeau would be hilarious for the dichotomy it would present…What do you guys/gals think?”

Oh boy, what a superb hypothetical; imagine the possibilities: good, bad, and ugly! Naturally, GolfWRXers were quick to weigh in.

Bye writes

Sergio and Tiger would be interesting.

Seve and Phil could have been the most entertaining pairing in history.

jonsnow says

Bubba Watson & Steve Elkington

Patrick Reed & Rory McIlroy

Danny Willett & Smylie Kaufman

Cardoustie says

Lumpy and Jesper

Tom Watson and Gary Player

Seve and Azinger

Robert Rock and Ollie Schneiderjans

Frankensteins Monster says

Ian Poulter/Patrick Reed

Todd Hamilton/Danny Willett

Tony Finau/Colt Knost

Robert Rock/Ben Crane

Michelle Wie/Tad Fujikawa

Check out the rest of the replies in the thread, or let us know your hypothetical two-person squads below. 



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From Master P to Metallica: Check out team walk-up songs for the Zurich Classic



It’s the list you’ve been dying for since you heard the Zurich Classic of New Orleans would feature golfer walk-up music.

OK, you’re at least mildly interested in what, say, Jon Curran and Keegan Bradley will be walking out to (the answer: “Shipping Up To Boston,” by the Dropkick Murphys, appropriate for a pair of sons of New England).

Here’s the official list, per the PGA Tour (not every team is included). As you can see, it’s a mix of classics, local references, hip-hop, and a surprising dose of metal.

Team                                         Song                                      Artist                                       
William McGirt/Sam Burns Callin’ Baton Rouge Garth Brooks
Kevin Na/Byeong Hun An Make ’em say Uhh Master P
Chris Kirk/J.T. Poston Crazy Train Ozzy Osbourne
Chez Reavie/Lucas Glover For Whom the Bell Tolls Metallica
Martin Piller/Joel Dahmen Lovumba Daddy Yankee
K.J. Choi/Charlie Wi Gangnam Style PSY
Ryan Armour/Johnson Wagner Enter Sandman Metallica
C.T. Pan/Zac Blair Half Time Ying Yang Twins
Tyrone Van Aswegen/Retief Goosen Africa Toto
Tom Hoge/J.J. Henry Right Now Van Halen
Shawn Stefani/John Rollins Thunderstruck AC/DC
Tony Finau/Daniel Summerhays Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing) Zapp & Roger
Keith Mitchell/Stephan Jaeger Pizza Guy Touch Sensitive
Ben Silverman/Matt Atkins Enter Sandman Metallica
Zach Johnson/Jonathan Byrd Thunderstruck AC/DC
Patrick Reed/Patrick Cantlay Eye of the Tiger Survivor
Greg Chalmers/Cameron Percy Down Under Men at Work
Keegan Bradley/Jon Curran Shipping up to Boston Dropkick Murphys
Brendan Steele/Jamie Lovemark California Love Tupac
Charley Hoffman/Nick Watney California Love Tupac
Billy Horschel/Scott Piercy Young Forever Jay Z ft. Mrs. Hudson
Cody Gribble/John Peterson Careless Whisper George Michael
Steve Stricker/Jerry Kelly As Good As I Once Was Toby Keith
Chris Stroud/Brian Stuard Enter Sandman Metallica
Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello The Best Tina Turner
Kevin Tway/Kelly Kraft Gucci Gang Lil Pump
D.A. Points/Kyle Thompson Working for the Weekend Loverboy
Mac Hughes/Corey Conners Big League Tom Cochrane & Red Rider
Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley Circle of Life Carmen Twillie
Shane Lowry/Padraig Harrington Beautiful Day U2
Russell Knox/Martin Laird Flower of Scotland
Gary Woodland/Daniel Berger Forever Drake
Brandon Harkins/Lanto Griffin Started From the Bottom Drake
Kevin Kisner/Scott Brown Slippery Migos
Andrew Landry/Talor Gooch Big Poppa Notorious BIG
Jason Day/Ryan Ruffels Down Under Men at Work
Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson Gold Spandau Ballet
Matt Every/Sam Saunders Running With the Devil Van Halen
Jon Rahm/Wesley Bryan DNA Kendrick Lamar
Emiliano Grillo/Peter Uihlein Mi Gente (Remix) J Balvin, Willy William, Busta K.
Jamie Donaldson/Ross Fisher Sweet Disposition The Temper Trap
Harold Varner III/Robert Garrigus Ebony and Ivory Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
Alex Cejka/Ben Crane Here I Go Again Whitesnake
Abraham Ancer/Roberto Diaz Mexico Lindo y Querido Vicente Fernandez
Xinjun Zhang/Zecheng Dou Believe in Myself Zero Point Band

See what GolfWRX members think about the song selections in the forums.


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