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Callaway Rogue ST driver: Callaway reimagines the Rogue for 2022

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Callaway is going Rogue again. Building on the massively popular 2018 Rogue line, the Carlsbad-based company today officially launches the 2022 Callaway Rogue ST family of drivers, which features four models: Rogue ST Max, Rogue ST Max D, Rogue ST Max LS, and Rogue Max LS Triple Diamond.

Engineers added new technology and more extreme weighting to the original Rogue framework to produce the Rogue ST (Speed Tuned) line, which Callaway is calling its fastest, most stable drivers ever.

A few notes on how engineers accomplished this.

  • Front of mind in the tech story is something in the back of the Rogue ST: a Tungsten Speed Cartridge that positions up to 26 grams low and deep in the head for increased speed, stability, MOI, and better performance on off-center hits.
  • A new iteration of the Jailbreak Speed Frame offers additional speed and stability.
  • A reoptimized Artificial Intelligence-optimized Flash Face design for lower spin and greater forgiveness

2022 Callaway Rogue ST drivers: The lineup

In terms of the “family members:” Briefly, Rogue ST Max fits the broadest range of players and is the ST Max family’s core offering. Rogue ST Max D, not surprisingly, is a draw-biased model. In keeping with the Epic Speed line’s nomenclature, Rogue ST Max LS is a lower-spinning head that promotes a neutral ball flight. Rogue ST Triple Diamond LS is a slightly smaller, more compact low-spin head suited for better players.

Rogue ST Max

The highest MOI head in the Rogue ST lineup, Rogue ST Max features a slight draw bias and will fit the broadest number of players. Callaway expects everyone from low handicappers to high handicappers to fit into the ST Max, calling it “the best combination of distance and forgiveness in a Callaway driver.”

Callaway touts the interplay between the titanium unibody construction and Triaxial Carbon crown and sole and the associated weight savings, which allows for high MOI/high launch-producing weight distribution.

Rogue ST Max D

Another high-MOI offering, the ST Max D features a more upright lie angle and reduced face progression, as well as internal and external weighting to favor a draw. The face is also the longest heel-to-toe in the family for maximum forgiveness and sits slightly closed at address.

Rogue ST Max LS

The low-spin offering in the Rogue ST lineup, Rogue ST Max LS is a more workable, lower spin head designed to produce a more neutral ball flight and stronger trajectory. Only mid-to-low handicap players need apply.

Rogue ST Triple Diamond LS

Triple Diamond at retail (and at launch)! Rogue ST Triple Diamond LS is, as would be expected, the lowest spinning driver in the lineup. At 450cc, it’s a more compact offering and features a shape Callaway’s tour staff and high-speed players gravitate toward. Neutral-to-fade bias. “Take the left side of the golf course out of play” club.

The inside scoop

Callaway sources told us the 2018 Rogue family launch was the most successful in company history and it yielded a record year for the company. Needless to say, they were keen for another serving of all things Rogue.

Engineers were guided by a Formula 1 car mentality in which every element of the golf club was assessed and reassessed for optimum function and the attempt was made to get as much of the structure into one piece as possible.

The Max model was the top seller in the 2021 Epic line (outselling Epic Speed). Accordingly, the Rogue ST Max is the core of the 2022 line — and there’s no “Rogue ST Speed” to be seen.

Diving even deeper into Rogue ST with Dr. Alan Hocknell, Senior VP: Research & Development

On the Tungsten Speed Cartridge…

“The goal here was to put as much weight as we ever have onto the perimeter of the driver. To get the most out of that, we need a dense material. Using tungsten as the primary element of that cartridge allows us to put a large amount of weight on the extreme perimeter. And the structure that holds it is also on the perimeter. There’s a total of about 25 grams of mass in a very effective position for improving moment of inertia. The primary reason for that is increasing ball speed robustness. In other words, minimizing the loss of ball speed relative to the face center if you don’t quite hit the face center.”

“It’s a fairly complicated weight assembly. Tungsten doesn’t want to weld or anything like that to titanium…We make a machined tungsten block that fits in a urethane casing, and then that assembly goes inside the aluminum cartridge, which is then screwed onto the body.”

“…We want the head to be resistant to rotation. And that rotation would be caused by the ball and the club coming together off-center relative to the center of gravity. If that happens — you hit it on the toe or the heel or high or low on the face — the head will want to rotate. We use the weight in the Tungsten Speed Cartridge to resist that rotation. When we resist rotation, we turn more impact energy into speed.”

On the Rogue ST’s shape

“The Cyclone concept was shown in Mavrik and Epic Speed. It’s a driver design philosophy that takes the center of gravity and pushes it forward toward the face looking to enhance ball spin robustness — making sure that variation to spin as impact moves around the face is minimized.”

“The shape of the Rogue ST represents the alternate design philosophy, which is to have a more rearward center of gravity, which promotes more ball speed robustness — minimizing variation of speed instead of spin. Stretching the head front to back allows the center of gravity to be more rearward and allows the moment of inertia to be higher.”

2022 Callaway Rogue ST drivers: Pricing, specs, availability

MSRP: $549.99 US
Pre-sale: 1/21
At retail: 2/18

Rogue ST Max: 9, 10.5, 12 degrees

Rogue ST Max D: 9, 10.5, 12 degrees

Rogue ST Max LS: 9, 10.5 degrees

Rogue ST Triple Diamond LS: 9, 10.5 degrees

Stock shafts: Project X Cypher, Mitsubishi Tense AV Blue, Mitsubishi Tensei AV White

Stock grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360

 

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  5. Burrito brains

    Jan 6, 2022 at 12:59 am

    Callaway took a step back aesthetically and the only thing going for it looks wise is the matte top.

  6. Dumbazz Nonplayablecharacter

    Jan 4, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    Can’t wait for this to come out! Looks sweet!

  7. GMatt

    Jan 4, 2022 at 10:39 am

    Wrenches are disappearing from all OEMs. I see a common thread Speed tuned cartridge = Inertia Generator
    Boys the $1000 driver is right around the corner, pretty soon you’ll be able to take out a mortgage for gold equipment LOL

  8. chad

    Jan 4, 2022 at 10:38 am

    no better way to reduce hype vs a carbon face driver than re-releasing the same club you had 4 years ago

    • Lolok

      Jan 5, 2022 at 9:30 am

      Yeah, cause everyone should be hyped about carbon being used on a driver face…

      Carbon hockey sticks lose that spring and rigidity.

      Taylormade had serious issues last year with their carbon crown being the point where their club broke down, now they’ve gone and made a face out of carbon? I think I’ll pass, doesn’t sound like a recipe for success when the company couldn’t even figure how to keep the part of the club that doesn’t handle impact together to an acceptable degree. How can they inspire any trust that they can now handle the part that actually takes a beating will be fine?

  9. Lefty16

    Jan 4, 2022 at 9:53 am

    I heard wrenches not included this year, sold separately. Not complaining, I think I have about 10-15 of them laying around anyway.

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TOUR REPORT: Rickie Fowler changes back to his Scotty Cameron “Tiger Woods” putter from 2014

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Welcome to Detroit, a.k.a the Motor City, a.k.a. The D, a.k.a Motown a.k.a. The 313, a.k.a Detroit has a lot of nicknames, but we can move along now.

Detroit is home to some of the most passionate automotive gearheads in the world, but this story is for the golf equipment gearheads. Car people are still welcome to read, you’ll just need to hamper your expectations; this is about golf clubs.

As the PGA Tour headed to Detroit Golf Club for the 2022 Rocket Mortgage, GolfWRX was live on site during the practice round days to figure out what clubs the pros are playing, what changes they’re making, and why.

No sense wasting any more time on the intro, let’s dive right into this week’s Tour Report.

Tony Finau’s hilarious reason for switching up golf ball markings between holes

Tony Finau, fresh off his 3M Open win last week, spoke to GolfWRX at the Rocket Mortgage about his golf ball markings.

His unique markings are two-fold:

  1. The five-line markings on the side help Finau with his aim, alignment and stroke feedback.
  2. He marks the front of the golf ball with the initials of one of his five kids.

How does Finau decide which child he’s going to represent on his golf ball, though? His explanation is hilarious.

“I start with one (kid) and see how they perform,” Finau told GolfWRX on Tuesday at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. “If they’re not performing well, I just start switching them out. I’m pretty lenient, I’ll give them some time, but right out of the gate, if it’s lip-out and lip-out in a couple holes, it’s the next one up.

“The good thing is I have five kids, so usually one of them is working, at least.”

Read our full story about Finau over on PGATOUR.com

Webb Simpson switches back into classics

Simpson was in our equipment news in May thanks to his switch to Titleist T100 irons. The changeup was notable because Simpson has always preferred blade irons throughout his career, but the T100’s are cavity-backs.

Well, the change wasn’t for the longterm apparently, since Simpson switched out the T100 irons for his old Titleist 680 Forged MB irons, which were first released to the public all the way back in 2003. He told GolfWRX he made the switch a few weeks after the 2022 PGA Championship because the T100’s were simply too hot.

Find out why Simpson uses a “5.5 iron,” or see more photos of Simpson’s irons in our GolfWRX Forums

Rickie Fowler goes back to his “Tiger Woods” putter

After sending his classic putter to “timeout,” and a year of steady experimentation, Fowler has returned to his Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS prototype putter.

He switched back to the putter at the 2022 Genesis Scottish Open, but we caught up with Fowler in Detroit this week to hear why.

“Just ran its course (with the previous putters) and ready to go back to the trusty,” Fowler told GolfWRX.com on Wednesday. “I mean, I’ve kind of done it through my whole career where I’ll have something for a bit, then go back to something different, change it up.

“She might have needed a little timeout, but hopefully she’s gonna heat up.”

Fowler first used the putter in 2014, and what makes the putter so special is it actually came from a stash of German Stainless Steel (GSS) putters that were stashed away for Tiger Woods. Yes, that means Fowler’s Scotty Cameron putter was made for Tiger, but with the proper permissions, Fowler was able to borrow one. Eight years later, it’s still in play.

Also, a quick moment of appreciation for GolfWRX photographer Greg Moore. The fact that he shot in-hand photos of Fowler’s original putter in 2014, and again in 2022, is a testament to how long he’s been providing GolfWRX with the best WITB photos on the Internet.

See more photos of Rickie’s new-old putter here

SPOTTED: Henrik Norlander’s PXG 0317 ST Milled blade prototypes

We had some breaking news this week at the 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic. Check out our TikTok post below for everything we know about the unseen irons:

@golfwrx SPOTTED: PXG 0311 ST Milled blade prototype irons, and why Henrik Norlander is using them at the 2022 Rocket Mortgage Classic #detroit #golf #irons #prototype #new #spotted #golftiktok ? original sound – golfwrx

For more photos of the irons, check out our GolfWRX Forum thread here.

Geoff Ogilvy, a putter update

When I saw Geoff Ogilvy’s name on the field list for the 2022 Rocket Mortgage, I couldn’t wait to see what putter he had in the bag. Ogilvy is “scratching the itch” by playing competitive golf two times in the recent three weeks after taking a four-year hiatus.

GolfWRX hasn’t caught up with Ogilvy in four years, though, and we’ve always known him to have an awesome putter. He didn’t disappoint.

OK, so maybe it’s not AS cool as his rusted out custom Scotty Cameron he used back in the day…

But it’s still great to see Ogilvy back out on the PGA Tour, and rolling the rock with some Scotty Cameron heat.

Check out Ogilvy’s full 2022 WITB here!

Sahith Theegala tests out a…mallet putter?

On Tuesday, Theegala, who’s typically a blade putter user, was out on the practice greens hitting putts with a custom Ping PLD mallet putter with five different alignment lines on it.

“Hmm, that’s weird,” I thought to myself.

As it turns out, it actually is pretty weird for him. Theegala told me on Tuesday that he’s only used a mallet putter for two rounds in his entire life, and both rounds came at last year’s Korn Ferry Tour finals.

While he wasn’t positive on switching, he called it a 1-to-2 week experiment if anything. We’ll have to keep an eye on Theegala over the next few weeks to see what he ends up deciding.

See more photos of Sahith’s Ping PLD mallet putter here

And with that, we say goodbye to the Motor City. We’ll see you next week in Greensboro, N.C. for the 2022 Wyndham Championship.

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Bo Van Pelt WITB 2022 (July)

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Driver: Ping G425 LST (10.5 degrees @9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Red 6 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth Plus (15 degrees @14.25 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80 TX

Hybrid: Ping G425 (19 degrees @18 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black 90 6.5

Irons: Titleist T200 (4), Titleist U500 (5), Srixon ZX7 (6-9)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour 105 S

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (46-10F, 50-12F, 56-14F, 60-12D)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus3 Wedge 115 S

Putter: SIK DW 2.0 C-Series
Grip: JumboMax

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord (driver), Golf Pride Victory Cord

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Henrik Norlander WITB 2022 (July)

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (9 degrees @8.25 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Yellow Small Batch 70 6.5

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Green Small Batch 80 6.5

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (2), PXG 0317 ST (4-PW)
Shafts: UST Mamiya Hybrid Prototype 85 F5 (2), KBS Tour FLT 125 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 (54-10S, 58-08M)
Shafts: KBS Tour 125 S+

Putter: Scotty Cameron T5.5 Proto

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet

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