Recently I tested the new Rogue Pro Irons. Callaway se the irons to test for the purposes of writing a review for the Callaway Community.
2/2718 - 3/6/18
Rogue Pro Irons
Testing was done at both the practice range and on course. The conditions were fair to sunny with temperatures ranging from 55-65 degrees. Due to the wet winter in GA and Bermuda grass being dormant, the turf was soft with tighter lies that normal Spring-Fall conditions.
Club Characteristics (1=Very poor, 10=Outstanding)
The Rogue Pro irons were very good to look at "out of the box" and especially at address. Since these are a blend of "players" and game improvement irons the top line is a little broader than blades but not noticeable as a negative. The chrome finish and head shape looked very good at address and framed the ball well. Due to the slightly rounded sole, the clubs felt very good going through the turf (even when wet) and had a very solid feel. The feel on impact of off center shots had very little vibration and the dispersion and distance were not negatively impacted very much. Overall, these are very good looking clubs that feel solid and responsive.
(1=Very poor, 10=Outstanding)
|DISTANCE compared to my current irons||9/10|
|FORGIVENESS compared to my current irons||9/10|
|CONTROL compared to my current irons||10/10|
|LAUNCH compared to my current irons||9/10|
As a players club, the Rogue Pro irons performed very well compared to my current irons (Steelhead Pro). With the thinner sole they responded better through the various conditions (fairway, rough) than my current irons and produced a slightly lower, more penetrating ball flight. While forgiveness was slightly less than my current irons the Rogue Pro irons made up for it in Control. These irons were very easy to work the ball. I had no difficulty working the ball both left to right and right to left as well as to flight the ball lower as needed. This is a very good addition to the Callaway Iron line up and perfect for the player that "wants" a players club with all the benefits of a game improvement iron.
Clean look that inspires confidence at address. Solid and responsive with great feel/feedback for a players game improvement iron. Great turf interaction, control and ball flight as compared to other irons in this category.
A little lighter weight than I am used to largely in part due to the lighter weight (105 gram) steel shaft my test set came with.
Summary of My Experience with the Rogue Pro Irons:
These were some of the best irons from Callaway that I have hit/played with. The look, feel and responsiveness are more on the scale of the players iron category yet provide plenty of forgiveness thus increasing playability. They were fun to play with, especially compared to my current set as they proved to be very easy to control and the ball flight was very consistent (read no "jumpers") throughout the set. It is too bad that I couldn't try them for a longer period of time. These are a great addition to the Callaway line up!
@DavidHa5b6 Nice review! I too am experiencing the wet, dormant bermuda here in Georgia.
Great review here.
they were very nice as I indicated but I can't see making a change this year since my irons and I get along very well these days. :-)
That said, I would highly recommend for anyone looking to buy irons this year!
@DavidHa5b6 What did you think of the long irons, especially the 3 iron?
The set that I was sent did not have a #3 iron with it (4-pw). That said, I hit the #4 a great deal. Typically, I have found that long irons in this category either had thick top lines or you could see the back of the soles at address...neither of this was present in the Rogue Pro long irons. The long irons were very easy to hit and move the ball in either direction. The ball flight was penetrating yet with sufficient height so the ball did not run after landing on the green as I have found with other irons that promoted high launch/low spin.
@DavidHa5b6 Thanks. That's good info.
@DavidHa5b6 Knowing what you know now, do you prefer your Steelhead Pros or the Rogue Pros? Which would you recommend for a mid handicapper (10-12)? Also, where abouts in Georgia are you playing? @PowderPuff, how bout you? We've had pretty decent weather down here in South Georgia but the conditions vary from course to course.