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Callaway Rogue ST Max hybrids: Plenty of models, plenty of tech

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Callaway has just released its new 2022 Rogue ST Max hybrids.

Before breaking down the four members of the family, here’s a look at the technology they all share.

Speed & stability from Jailbreak ST: The new A.I.-designed Jailbreak system has been redesigned and will create increased speed and more stability. The two Jailbreak frames are pushed to the perimeter, providing stiffness. This will allow for higher ball speeds, according to the company.

A.I. Face optimized for speed, launch, and spin: From Callaway’s high strength 455 Face Cup, there is new A.I. face optimization that is set to improve speed, launch, and spin. The face pattern is customized for each model and loft.

Precision tungsten weighting: The hybrids incorporate as much as 24 grams of precision tungsten that allows for precise center of gravity (CG) locations. This creates optimal launch while maintaining the desired speed, according to engineers.

2022 Callaway Rogue ST Hybrids: The models

Rogue ST Max: The Rogue ST Max is for the golfer looking for game improvement. It is the longest Rogue ST hybrid model that includes stronger loft to provide all-around hybrid performance.

Rogue ST Max OS: The Rogue ST Max OS features a larger clubhead with an easier launch and a draw bias. This model features the widest loft and is available from a 3 hybrid to an 8 hybrid.

Rogue ST Max OS Lite: The Rogue Max OS Lite is the easiest to swing and lightest weight option, which will increase swing speed. It can include up to 15 grams of tungsten, and also features the widest loft offering extending from a 3 hybrid to an 8 hybrid.

Rogue ST Pro: The Rogue ST Pro is most definitely geared to the low handicapper. It features a fairway wood/compact shaping, shallow face, and neutral CG for the most workability in the Rogue ST line.

The new Callaway Rogue hybrids will release for retail on February 18th and sell for $279.99 each.

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David Duval joins Callaway Tour staff

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David Duval has signed with Callaway ahead of a year that will see him play a full Champions Tour schedule.

For 2022, the former World Number One will play Callaway woods, irons, a Callaway Chrome Soft ball, and an Odyssey putter on the Champions Tour.

Speaking on joining Callaway and playing the Champions Tour, Duval said

“I’ve been working hard on my game for almost a year now, I feel confident about where I’m at, and I’m looking forward to getting back out and competing. In the past I’ve never really been affiliated with one golf brand, and more recently I’ve been looking for a relationship with a company that feels like a family. That’s exactly what I’ve found with the Callaway Team, and I believe that they make the best, most consistent equipment in the game.

I’ve always admired the quality of their products, and with the new golf ball alone I’ve picked up 3 mph ball speed, which has really made a difference for me. They have had so much success especially in recent years across the professional Tours, including the Champions Tour where they’re the most played brand. Joining Callaway is a natural fit for me, and I’m excited for what’s ahead.”

The 50-year-old will make his Champions Tour debut this week in Hawaii, and this summer he will compete in the 150th Open at St. Andrews and at the British Senior Open in Gleneagles.

In addition to using Callaway and Odyssey equipment, Duval will wear TravisMathew apparel and footwear from Cuater by TravisMathew.

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (1/20/22): FootJoy Dryjoys Premiere Series Packard shoes

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a pair of FootJoy Dryjoys Premiere Series Packard shoes

From the seller (@JtMagic): “Size 10, New in Box – FootJoy Dryjoys Premiere Series Packard Golf Shoes – Black 53924. Will ship with original box.  Price = $180 shipped US48.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: FootJoy Dryjoys Premiere Series Packard shoes

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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In-hand photos of Titleist’s new Vokey SM9 wedges (with insight from Bob Vokey himself)

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Titleist began tour seeding of its unreleased Vokey SM9 wedges at the 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions in Maui two weeks ago, and players have already been switching in droves to the new models.

Although Titleist still isn’t yet commenting on the new designs (which will likely replace the company’s former SM8 models), GolfWRX got its first in-hand look at the new SM9 versions this week at the 2022 American Express at PGA West’s Stadium Course.

In addition to the photos, I was also able to catch up with legendary wedge maker and SM9-designer Bob Vokey himself. While tech details are still under wraps for the time being, he provided some awesome insight into his two-year design process.

“It takes us two years to put a product together…what happens every time is you make an improvement based on feedback from all the players,” Vokey told GolfWRX. “This is my 10th iteration of launching over the years, and each one I’ve learned something, from my series 200s, to SM1s, 2s, 3s, etc., you learn a little bit each time.

“What happens is you don’t know really how to improve it until we get it in the players’ hands, like we’re doing now, and that’ll take a few months when the players first take it live. Because there’s things that may happen on a certain shot under the heat of the gun on the backside Sunday afternoon. They hit a shot and go, ‘Whoa, what happened?’ There’s certain little things that nobody could ever see at all, and we’ve done so much testing, but you can’t replicate the human element under the heat of the gun. Then someone will tell me something, or they’ll tell Aaron [Dill] something, and we’ll bring it back to the wedge team. We can change that, work on that, modify it, get it right, without mucking up all that we have. That’s how we improve. “

For Vokey, player feedback is extremely important, and it starts with keeping a similar profile from address. As Vokey says, you don’t want to “muck up” something that works.

“We sit there and scratch our heads and get together and say, something’s been working so good, it’s tour-proven for so many years, you know, so if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it… retain the same profile, it’s so very important…a pro will come up and say, ‘What do you got Voke?’ Boom, they put it down right away. Then they hold it up and say, ‘What’s the bounce?'”

Speaking of bounce, and how the profile looks from address, GolfWRX got a look at a number of different lofts, grinds and bounce options at the 2022 American Express this week.

Below is a taste of what the Vokey SM9s look like in-hand, but make sure to click here for all of our photos.

Titleist Vokey SM9 52-degree F-grind

Titleist Vokey SM9 56-degree S-grind 

Titleist Vokey SM9 60-degree M-grind

Titleist Vokey SM9 60-degree D-grind

Check out our forum thread for all of the Titleist Vokey SM9 in-hand photos here.

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