The Epic was good, but the Rogue is far better. The numbers for me we again very similar so it really comes back again to the extra forgiveness that the standard Rogue head can offer, but for those who need to drop spin and have the speed the the Sub Zero is a good option. All three models will be a part of the Callaway Customs program beginning in March. Remember, the more you hit your driver the hotter the face gets. Again, we are talking about different things. If it was any more forgiving they would be canonising it. It basically comes down to sound, feel and hype.
Callaway has been working with Boeing again on this and after much analysis they concluded that as the head rotates through the swing it was the transition from the face into the crown that was crucial and this has been made softer in the Rogue which claims to improve clubhead speed by 2%. I found the dispersion with the Callaway Rogue driver to be a bit tighter than the Epic which is great news for someone like me who struggles with the driver. As an equipment fitter, it would drive me crazy when the mid handicapper would want a new Taylormade driver and there were 5 different models to choose from and they had no idea which best suited their game. This position, along the head's neutral axis the line that runs perpendicular to the loft and intersects with the geometric centre of the head , promotes higher launch and low spin -- the launch conditions that promote maximum distance. Having the 10g weight balance further forward saw more drives go to the right for me and even though the distance was similar it isn't the right setting for me and a fitting session with a Callaway expert will get the right one for you.
My pro fitted me and out of about 6 different brands it came down to 2017 M2 and Callaway epic. In fact it looks exactly like the standard version from address. The final model in the lineup is Rogue Sub Zero 9 and 10. The G15 felt very good, and I was definitely straighter than with the Cobra, and had about the same carry 199. While the material has a thinner wall thickness and lighter weight than traditional composite crowns, it's able to retain the same strength and stiffness through a braided design that's visible in the back of the crown but fades to solid black near the face.
Average was 208, with excellent dispersion, and a long of 223; it was consistently longer than anything else, but quite a bit. However the cuddles come from the extra forgiveness which makes you wonder why they didn't make the Epic like this previously and then just sit back for a couple of years. What about the current Fusion that has been basically sidelined and torpedoed the minute the Epic came out? Its again not meant to be a mainstream club. This should straighten out those left to right shots a little bit. I bet Prem Watson has an old set as well! Combined with a new ultra-thin and springy carpenter 455 steel face, Face Cup technology, Callaway says this is the most effective speed-boosting package they've ever made.
As you can see from the numbers, this driver which was the regular model was working well for me. We do not endorse or disapprove of any products presented here. Since Callaway has yet to comment on the new drivers, we do not have information about the new technologies, release dates, pricing, or other specs. They want this in the hands of every person who is even remotely interested in buying a golf club this year. The fact of the matter is, at the end of the day these are targeting is seniors and women. The 460cc standard Rogue 9, 10.
We have not compromised on any area of performance with Rogue, breaking free of previous design constraints, if you like. Looks like the cobra F8 which looks like Titleist 917 which looks like ping g400, which looks like the 2016 taylormade M2 — they all share the design constraints. We have also tested the Callaway Rogue driver out at Leeds Golf Centre, and the Pete Cowen Golf Academy in Rotherham. The cutouts represented the placement of two titanium bars behind the face that were designed to stiffen the crown and sole and direct more flexing and ball speed into the face. Industry-leading Selection of Shaft, Weight and Loft Options Industry-leading shaft selection, plus weight and loft options: multiple premium shaft brands and weights — 40g, 50g, 60g, 70g, and 80g. Aside from the standard Rogue, Callaway is offering a Rogue Draw driver with the same features and benefits, but its 5-gram external sole weight was shifted from the back-center area of the sole toward the heel.
Would I buy a driver that gives me on average 4 more yards over another? However, a closer look under the hood reveals some changes made to the design, starting with a new hour-glass shape that reduced the weight of the titanium bars by 25 percent, creating more discretionary mass that was repositioned within the head for added forgiveness. If a brand controls the top half of the entire segment, thats a very profitable space to be in. The trademark titanium bars behind the clubface are now 25% lighter, working together to stiffen the crown and sole. The Callaway Rogue Driver does what it set out to do and that was to be a bit more forgiving and confidence-inspiring. It all seems like a big hustle of trying to sell the false promises of the advertising.
The idea is that by stiffening the body, more energy is transferred into the flexing of the face and thus, in turn, to propelling the ball forward. Callaway say this allows them to improve the forgiveness and promote high launch and lower spin off the tee. Both will have glued hosels, and while that can be a cost-cutting decision, for many brands, it saves weight and lowers the center of mass compared to an equivalent adjustable version. I prefer the look of the Rogue at address as the wider and deeper head gives a little more confidence and the sound and feel are very good and still come with the carbon infused sound at impact. For an accomplished player, that variety is a good thing and helps yield a better fit. In fact, a closer inspection reveals five different possible 3-wood options with different lofts and lie angles 13.
I got fitted for mine at an independent golf course, tried several other brands but the Rogue just performed from the off. This part of the story certainly aligns with the current Callaway strategy. Now, with the release of three new Rogue drivers, Callaway is borrowing several key design features from those clubs while making the Rogue family slightly different. My only point, which you missed, was that by offering four 4 different versions of the Rogue driver, the process is made more time consuming and for many week-end golfers, confusing. I get too that Callaway is going to gauge success of this differently, but I still believe deep down that Chip and the marketing team are going to hold this club to the same standard they are every release. In addition to his editorial responsibilities, he was instrumental in developing MyGolfSpy's data-driven testing methodologies and continues to sift through our data to find the insights that can help improve your game.