@PC98, I know you had the XR irons and I enjoyed your comparison to the Steelhead XR's which if I remember you said you did not notice any performance difference. As I currently play the XR irons i would love to hear what the performance difference is between the Rogue vs XR. I am really impressed with the Aldila Synergy 50 shaft in my Rogue 3 hybrid. Just toying in my mind what a set of the regular Rogue irons with the Synergy 50 iron shafts vs my XR's might play.
@CarlT9704 it wouldn't be an apples to apples comparison because the XR and Steelhead XR were the standard versions whereas my new Rogues are the Pro version. However the tech inside the entire Rogue line (derived from Epic) is a step forward from XR so my best educated guess is the standard Rogue irons would be a marginal improvement. Plus there are urethane microspheres and who the heck wouldn't want those LOL?!!!
I hate the latest trend in club manufacturing when they come out with a new model iron and a year or two later that model is dropped with a new model that may only be tweaked in performance in micro amounts. As long as I have been playing golf my observation is that drivers are the one club that technological advances can be made every year or two that really makes a difference in distance and accuracy. Of course shafts have come a long way in making this possible. Fairway woods and irons used to not see a jump for 3 to 5 years after they came out. I think when hybrids, first called rescue clubs, came out, they made a huge impact on the game. The large majority of amateur golfers should pay heed to what is in the bags of the ladies on the LPGA. Their swing speed comes a lot closer to the week end hackers than the players on the PGA tour. The ladies bags for the most part go from a PW down to a 6 or 5 irons and the rest of the set is rounded out with hybrids because they are so much easier to hit in all conditions and situations than long irons. But I digress. I am really impressed with the Synergy shaft in my Rogue hybrid and day dreaming that if I could squeeze 5 to 10 more yards without losing the ball dispersion that my XR irons give me I may consider trading them in on a set of Rogue irons. Our club is hosting a Callaway demo day in March so I guess I will just wait and find out.
I don't know if I can hold out until next month due to the 50% bonus Callaway is offering. I did some calculations based on the trade in value of my XR irons and hybrids and it around $454 and that would make a new set of Rogue Irons 6 - AW and a 4 and 5 hybrid at around $800. That sounds very sweet to me. I hate to be a impulse buyer but I guess deep down I am. I am the poster boy for golf manufactures when they come out with new clubs and all of the hype.