Like to say right up front that the Rogue irons that I am writing about are the ones that I custom ordered from Callaway. My previous irons were Callaway XR's. I am a senior player 70 years old with a current handicap index of 10.6. Last swing speed check was done a year ago and was around 80 mph so I play a light or A shaft in my clubs. My XR irons AW, PW - 6 had the Project X SD 4.5 shaft in them. The Rogue irons that I ordered has the Aldila Synergy 50 A or light shaft AW, PW - 6. The performance in both shafts are very close and this is my observation after two days of range time. Our course is temporarily closed due to the greens covered for anticipation of freezing temperature but the practice range was open. My observation is strictly from my eyes and there were no Trackman or other doplar radar machines to give me data. This is just an old school report.
Yesterday was very windy, 25 mph sustained winds with gust up to 45 mph. I hit balls in these conditions only because my clubs were brand new and I thought I was going to play today (see above where course is closed). Every ball I hit moved left due to a west wind and I was hitting balls south. Starting with the A wedge and working down to the 6 iron, the higher lofted clubs moved further left than the lower lofted clubs. The only thing I got out of this was the great feel of ball impact because you could forget about accuracy or distance under these conditions. Getting the ball up on a nice trajectory with any of the clubs was not an issue so as far as these being a game improvement irons these should be considered as top rung.
Today the weather was 49 degrees with a WSW wind around 10 mph. Went through the bag and honestly I could not tell any difference in a distance increase over my old XR's but what stood out was the ball dispersion was so much better with the Rogues. I hit balls for over an hour without any breaks and the light weight of the shaft and irons made swinging the clubs effortlessly. Was the money difference spent on new clubs worth it ? The XR's are great irons. Only time will tell when I get to play when the course reopens. I will continue this report after I have played a few rounds to answer my question.
Can't wait for the weather to break for everyone, so we all can get out and enjoy our new toys !! I love hearing and seeing everyones stories and clubs. We all are chomping at the bit to get out and play. Play well all, can't wait to hear your scores.
@CarlT9704 Enjoyed reading your initial thoughts. I always learn the most by hitting new clubs out on the course and range. I hope your course is able to open soon.
@PowderPuff, our course should open up tomorrow. Greens keeper did not want to gamble on green damage from freezing temps last night and tonight . I may play tomorrow but Friday for sure. Then rain moves back for the weekend. This has been the craziest start for golf in this new year than I can remember . .
@CarlT9704 The one thing that caught my attention was that you mentioned the great feel you got from hitting the Rogue irons. That's what I look for hitting my irons is "great feel". Can't explain it to someone other than knowing that when you hit the club with a good swing, you just feel it. And then you know it's gonna be right on your target line. That's what I look for from my irons. Looks like you made the right choice, so like others mentioned, let us know how you do on the course when it opens.
@tanker8754, thanks for your comment . The feel is when you catch the ball between the screws (older golfers will recognize this terminology ) and you just "pure" the shot. With irons I have played in past years this pure feeling only happened ever so often. With the Rogue's it happens on almost every shot.
I got to play 9 holes Thursday and 18 holes today. Was the money difference spent on new clubs worth it ? The short answer is yes. The Rogues are not any longer than my XR's but the feel is much better and accuracy is much better. Today when I played the temperature was in the 60's with a good two club wind blowing. Course is drying out enough that they allowed carts out on most of the fairways but not all. I started another topic about Reality vs Expectations and using my Leupold GX-2i2 range finder I used the longer club if there was any doubt about reaching the green taking the wind in consideration. On the front nine I shot 6 over that included a double bogey from a tee shot into the lake. Back nine I shot 2 over for a 38 for an 80. Best score of the year so far. The Leupold range finder lets you put in the yardage you hit your 8 iron, 6 iron and 4 iron. It then uses an algorithm for the yardage and displays the club(s) you can use for that range.
I went back yesterday and dialed back the distance 5 yards for these clubs and then chose the longer if the choice was say a 7/6 iron I would use the 6. New Rogue clubs and a reality check on how far you can hit them equals a good round for a 12 handicapper today.
@CarlT9704 Glad to see you are enjoying the new irons. I am planning to go out tomorrow to look for some irons at a couple of golf stores. I am ready for a change. I am hoping that I can find something pre-owned so I can save a little money.