With Callaway Golf’s last rendition of a jacked up game improvement iron being the super-premium EPIC last year it’s great to see that this year’s Rogue irons feature much of the same distance enhancing technology without a hefty price tag.
This is an important factor to consider especially since the greater population of club golfers fit into the game improvement category which should make the Rogue irons a popular set.
And if you have tried the Rogue woods and seen the distance gains with those clubs, it would come as no surprise that the irons from the same family boast plenty of powerful performance too, both in distance and forgiveness.
Rogue irons are available in three different models with the Pro and Rogue X sets making up the range.
For the sake of clarity this review is only about the regular Rogue irons, which offer the best combination of forgiveness from the Rogue X and workability from the Rogue Pro irons.
Callaway Rogue Irons
For a set of irons that costs half the amount of its predecessor yet perform very similarly if not better in some instances you have a real winner with these Rogue irons.
Featuring a multi-material construction that uses premium materials, the same face cup technology found in the Rogue woods and a unique method of improving the sound and feel at impact the Rogue irons offer all the necessary attributes of a game improvement iron in an affordable and very attractive package.
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Mens & Women's
Mid to High
Right & Left
Men’s – Steel – D3, Graphite – D1, Women’s – C3
Men’s – 18°-59°, Women’s – 22°-54°
Men’s – 39.50-35.00”, Women’s – 38-34.25”
Shaft Type and Name
Men’s – Steel – True Temper XP95, Graphite – Aldila Synergy 60. Women’s – Aldila Quaranta 40 Graphite
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Callaway Rogue Irons Detailed Review
Design & Appearance
As mentioned before the Rogue irons are quite chunky or oversized and feature thick toplines and considerable offset.
This is necessary in the design to ensure all of the material that needs to be crammed into the clubhead fits.
Having said this the size and chunkiness of the clubhead isn’t distracting at all and in fact gives you the confidence at address that you will launch the ball high and far with ease.
Regardless of how much you pay for Callaway irons these days you know you are going to get a high performing set packed with technology designed to improve your game and enhance your enjoyment of your round. Rogue irons are the perfect example of this.
It all starts with the 360 Face Cup combining with VFT (variable face technology). This face cup is designed to be thinner around the perimeter of the cup so that it flexes more effectively at impact and produces more distance regardless of where on the face you strike the ball.
Tungsten material has been inserted into the clubhead in strategic areas to ensure a low and deep CG that launches the ball higher with less spin while still maintaining a high MOI for increased forgiveness.
Lastly, to reduce the vibrations caused by such a thin face material Callaway has incorporated urethane microspheres into the clubhead. This improves the feel and sound without sacrificing any forgiveness or flexibility in the club’s design.
Control & Performance
Being a game improvement set of irons the Rogue clubheads are quite chunky with thick toplines and considerable offset to make them as easy to hit and forgiving as possible.
This type of design always tends to launch the ball high with optimal spin to produce a consistently straight ballflight. But you always sacrifice some workability when this happens.
Having said this workability and control are not the same thing and in the case of the Rogue irons you get great control no matter where on the face you strike the ball meaning much less dispersion.
Regardless of whether you select the stock steel or graphite shafts you are going to get great performance if you have a mid to slow swingspeed and tend to pick the ball clean off the turf.
The thick soles ensure this and make these some of the easiest clubs to hit off any lie.
Value for Money
Considering the previous game improvement model from Callaway Golf cost twice the price of the Rogue irons you are getting a fantastic deal with this set.
Sure, they might not have the same premium materials in the construction and won’t necessarily blast the ball as far with every shot, especially on mishits, but you cannot fault their ease of use and performance they do offer.
These are serious contenders for the best game improvement irons on the market and must be in your consideration if you are looking for a new set of irons.