Recently I tested the new Rouge Sub Zero Driver. Callaway sent me the club to test for the purposes of writing a review for the Callaway Community.
Rouge Sub Zero Driver
Driving Range, slightly windy, with Vector Launch Monitor.
Driver Swing Speed:
Club Characteristics (1=Very poor, 10=Outstanding)
|Easy and Effective Adjustability||10/10|
The Callaway Rogue Sub Zero is one of the best looking drivers I have seen in a while. From address, the footprint is just large enough to inspire confidence, but is not overwhelming. The gloss black crown with carbon-fiber visible towards the back of the head is a great, sleek look. The bottom of the head might be the best looking part of this club however. It looks mean and fast, which perfectly describes the performance of this club as well. The blue paint scheme looks great, especially with the blue Project X Even Flow shaft.
Performance OFF THE TEE (1=Very poor, 10=Outstanding)
|DISTANCE vs.current driver||7/10|
|FORGIVENESS vs.current driver||10/10|
|CONTROL vs. current driver||9/10|
|LAUNCH CHARACTERISTICS vs. current driver||10/10|
My launch characteristics were slightly different from my current Epic Sub Zero. The Rogue surprisingly launched 1.5 degrees lower on average according to the Vector Launch Monitor. Both heads were tested at 9 degrees of loft with stock Project X Even Flow Blue 6.5 and 14gram weight in rear position. The rogue consistently launched around 13 degrees, while the Epic fluctuated around 14 to 15 degrees. Spin rates on both heads were similar around 2,000 RPM. I got more roll out on the Rogue due to the lower trajectory, which I prefer. The acoustics of the Rogue are slightly more muted and have a better pitch than the Epic. The biggest difference, all other things aside, was forgiveness. Rogue is far more forgiving than Epic. Shots hit off the toe curved back to the center of the fairway almost every time, with the Epic a miss off the toe showed a miss to the right usually.
OPTI-FIT Hosel Settings tried:
Standard at 9 degrees were the settings used and were the best results compared to all other settings.
SUB ZERO Driver weight configuration used to optimize trajectory:
14 gram weight in the rear position provided optimal carry, launch, and spin rates for me.
Looks, feel, sound, distance, launch, ball speed.
A 440CC model should be available.
Summary of My Experience with the Club
One of the best drivers I have hit in a while. Truly improves the one flaw of the Epic Sub Zero. Forgiveness. Ball speeds remained consistent all over the face of the Sub Zero. Didn't think it was possible, but this driver is better than Epic!