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Picking the right set of irons for your game is one of the more important things you can do to improve your scores. In this post, I’m going to be reviewing the Callaway Rogue irons and sharing my thoughts after testing them out on the course. They’re a cavity back iron for mid-handicap players who need a bit of help, but that being said, how did it perform?
The Callaway Rogue irons could be perfect for you if you’re a mid to high handicap player who’s looking for a quality game improvement iron. They aren’t geared towards lower handicaps since they don’t have the most workability, but they’re definitely one of the longer and more forgiving irons I’ve used. This is why I’d highly recommend them to the mid to high handicap golfer who plays a lot.
The things we look at when testing golf irons are how they perform, what type of player they’re for, how they sound/feel, and the price of them. If you want the full details or to know what our favorite irons are, continue reading.
My First Impressions
Callaway has been my favorite golf company for a while now and when they released the Rogue series, I was pretty excited to get my hands on them to test out. I knew they wouldn’t magically fix my game by getting them but any slight edge I can get, I’ll take.
They were designed to be a game improvement iron that would help with distance and forgiveness. This is exactly what the majority of average players should be looking for.
You don’t need to try shaping the ball around as you see on tv. All you should be doing is hitting it right down the middle.
I was using the Steelhead XR irons before this, but long story short, I made the switch to the Rogues. There are newer clubs on the market now but these still seem to stack up well. They also have the Rogue X irons, which will be longer and more forgiving.
How Was The Sound & Feel?
In my opinion, these are some of the better–looking irons on the market and also one of the more comfortable to swing. The overall balance and weight are almost perfect and they have a nice solid feel to them at impact.
They have a bit of a thicker top edge and there’s a good amount of offset on them too. A lot of better players aren’t going to like that but it should help the average player.
I don’t like a huge amount of offset on my irons at this point but the Rogue design is still reasonable. The club has a bit of a thicker face as well and it was designed to improve the sound and give more feel/feedback at impact (which did work and I was a big fan).
It’s going to help you feel what you did wrong right away and that should help you improve your game.
How Did They Perform?
I’ve swung all the Rogue clubs and they’ve all been great (the irons were exactly the same). I wouldn’t call them my favorite irons of all time but I’d still have no problem using them.
A lot of my buddies are using them and love them.
They were definitely longer than my previous Steelheads since they produced more ball speed (for me). More distance is always a big plus, as long as the ball is actually going straight.
The good news was that it was.
I’m not always the most consistent ball striker but I really noticed an improvement in my shot pattern and it was a lot more consistent compared to my older irons. If you can hit one or two more fairways/greens in regulation, that could be a big impact on your scorecard.
Overall, the performance was nothing short of awesome. Here’s a demo video:
- They’re reasonably priced for a high-end iron.
- The sound and feel were great.
- They were longer and more forgiving than my previous irons.
- Probably not the best for low handicaps or beginners (more for mid handicaps).
- Not the most workable irons.
- Performance Score: 9
- Price Score: 8
- Sound & Feel Score: 10
- My Personal Score: 9
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What’s the difference between the Rogue and Apex irons?
A. I found the Rogues to be a bit longer and more forgiving (in my experience). The Apex irons are better suited for better golfers as well.
Q. Which Rogue irons are best for me?
A. The standard Rogue has a bit more workability and the Rogue X is slightly bigger and more forgiving. Rogue for mid handicap. Rogue X for beginners.
Q. What’s the difference between the Rogue and AP1 irons?
A. I had pretty similar results with both and would recommend the Rogues since they’re cheaper. I found the Rogue irons to be slightly more forgiving.
Are They Worth It?
Overall, if you’re looking for a quality game improvement iron, these could be perfect for you. They’re geared towards mid handicaps (not the best for better players) and are one of the longer and more forgiving irons I’ve used in a while (at the time of writing this).
If you’re a high handicap, the Rogue X irons might be best for you. They’re very similar to the standard Rogue irons but they should be more forgiving and generate more distance.
They aren’t as good as the standard Rogue for controlling the ball, but if you’re a beginner or high handicap you shouldn’t worry about that.