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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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Wait, what?! Check out Spencer Levin’s WILD new putting technique and obscure putter from 2004

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Spencer Levin is already a folk hero in the golf world, and his legend is likely to grow this week thanks to a new putting technique he’s implementing – and he’s using the technique with a putter from 2004 that he found in his dad’s shed.

On Tuesday ahead of the 2022 Shriners Children’s Open, GolfWRX.com spotted Levin – who qualified for the event via Monday qualifier – using a hammY putter, which was released to the public in 2004. A quick Google search reveals that the putter is currently being sold for $119.95 at intheholegolf.com.

According to the product description of the hammY putter, it’s built with a longer length (37-38.5 inches), a split grip, and a triple-bend, center shaft construction. It’s designed to be used with a hands-spread grip and a 45-degree open stance, with the ball played back in the stance to allow for a natural forward press and better view of the line.

LPGA player Natalie Gulbis actually first made the putter famous by winning with it in 2007, and now Levin is bringing the design to the PGA Tour 15 years later.

GolfWRX caught up with Levin on Tuesday in Las Vegas to get the backstory of how the hammY ended up in his golf bag:

“I’m going split grip. That’s the way I think it says you’re supposed to use this putter. I think when they designed it they wanted you to tuck your arm in and stand open with it, and use your right hand only, but I know that’s illegal now so I’m just taking my arm off [my chest].

“The only reason I tried it was because I was fooling around with a short putter and I was just gripping way down the shaft, and I was starting my short putts on line. So then I remember, it’s funny, this [putter] came out of my dad’s shed. He’s had this putter for like 30 years. I remembered he had it, and I went to fool around with it, and the first day I used it I made 11 birdies with it. Ever since then I been using it, so. Hopefully I keep it rollin.”

Wait, so Levin really found this hammY putter in his dad’s shed, and he’s using it to play in a PGA Tour event?

“I knew he had this putter in the past, and it was kinda similar to what I was messing around with, you know?” Levin said. “And then I just grabbed it and put a new [SuperStroke] grip on it…the first time I used it was in a Monday for Napa, and I putted good, and I used it yesterday, and I putted good yesterday. So it’s just kinda, something I been using…ever since I’ve used it, I haven’t even thought about using a different putter. Whereas before I was changing putters everyday.”

The rest of his bag setup is just as legendary as his putter, too. Most notably, he’s using TaylorMade Burner TP fairway woods (which were originally released in 2007), and he’s using them with stock shafts. He’s also using a headcover made by Seamus Golf that’s inspired by “The Dude” character in the 1998 movie The Big Lebowski – if you haven’t seen the movie, then “obviously you’re not a golfer.”

Check out Levin’s full WITB setup at the 2022 Shriners Children’s Open

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What GolfWRXers are saying about PXG drivers

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In our forums, our members have been discussing PXG drivers. WRXer ‘Kman7218’ is looking at low spin options and wants know how PXG drivers stack up against the very best, and our members have been sharing their thoughts in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • 03trdblack: “The 0211 driver is by far the best value for what you get on the market right now in my opinion as it’s just a forgiving, good looking and easy to hit driver that gives great distance for cheap. It has a quieter, more baseball bat sound to it than the metallic sound you get with most drivers.  The Gen 5 driver is a drastic improvement to the Gen 4 in terms of feel/sound and looks.  I’ve been using the Gen 5 off and on and it’s neck and neck with anything else I’ve used on the market today.  It also looks fantastic at address as it looks like a dark version of the original TaylorMade SIM and I’m super happy they brought back the toe weight since my miss is left.”
  • Proof: “Playing a Gen 5 0311 w/ Tour AD IZ6 and absolutely love it.  Last PXG driver I tried before this was the Gen 2 and wasn’t a fan but the current offerings are great.”
  • golfnhack: “I BIG NAY for me. They just don’t perform (IMHO). Also… if they did.. all the equipment free agents on the PGA tour would use them. I think I only know of 1 player on the PGA tour using a PXG driver… and he is a staffer. Most PXG staffers don’t even use a PXG driver.”
  • dmeeksDC: “The Gen 5 driver is outstanding, as good as any driver going and better than most. Have one with a Paderson Velocity shaft. Very long and forgiving, highly adjustable, sounds great. Delivers excellent performance.”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (10/4/22): Swag Al Capone headcover

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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 Swag Al Capone headcover

From the seller (@InFaMoUs ShAnK): “Chi Capone $290”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: Swag Al Capone headcover

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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