What's new? How much does it cost? And how does it perform? Jack Backhouse brings you the low down on the Callaway Rogue ST Max driver

How does Callaway’s most forgiving driver perform? Find out in our Callaway Rogue ST Max driver review.

Callaway Rogue ST Max driver review
Callaway Rogue ST Max driver review
NCG SUMMARY

Callaway have nailed it with this driver. It’s long, forgiving, and looks great behind the ball. The large footprint makes you feel like you can’t miss the sweet spot.

This is perfect for golfers who are looking for the best performance out of the club whilst maintaining forgiveness. This driver is designed to launch the ball high with a slight draw bias making it ideal for the average club player.

PROS

  • Long
  • Consistent ball speeds across the face
  • Sounds brilliant

CONS

  • A slight draw bias doesn’t suit all players

Callaway Rogue ST Max driver review: First Impressions

I was definitely excited to hit this club. Callaway’s recent drivers have been brilliant and the Rogue ST Max straight away looks like a step up. The matte finish with contrasting colours gives this a premium feel and when put behind the ball all you want to do is give it a rip.

Callaway Rogue ST Max driver review

Callaway Rogue ST Max driver review: NCG Verdict

After first trying the Callaway Rogue ST Triple Diamond LS, when I picked up this driver I was ready for some forgiveness and consistency, and this is exactly what Callaway have delivered. I really like how the driver appears big behind the ball, there’s something about a larger footprint that gives me confidence that I will hit the fairway more regularly

Although my clubhead speed wasn’t the highest with this club, my ball speed and carry distance is pretty solid. You can see that the smash factor is 1.48, which means I didn’t hit the ball out of the middle all the time, however, there’s only about 7 yards difference between the furthest and shortest drive I hit. This is a huge win for golfers as it means that Callaway’s Jailbreak Speed Frame and A.I. designed club face is producing consistently high ball speeds from all over the face.

Another point to note is that none of my shots went right enough to miss a fairway, and the average of all shots saw the ball curving back to the left. This driver features a very subtle draw bias that helps keep the average fader of the ball in play more often.

Callaway Rogue ST Max driver review

The Callaway Rogue ST Max driver features the heaviest tungsten weight compared to the other drivers in this year’s lineup. I could definitely feel the heavier head in my backswing, but at impact the driver felt so solid and stable that I have to say I quite liked it.

Compared to my current Callaway gamer, the Rogue ST Max went 12 yards further, so I’d have no problem at all putting this in my bag. I hit it with the Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue 65 Graphite Stiff shaft which felt awesome.

Callaway Rogue ST Max driver review

Overall, this is a great option for all golfers, and I recommend that in any driver testing it should be considered. All players need distance and forgiveness on off-centre hits and the Rogue ST Max driver comes with bucket loads, as well as great speed on centre strikes.

Callaway Rogue ST Max driver review: The Details

Available: Now

RRP: £479

Lofts: 9 degrees, 10.5 degrees, 12 degrees

Shafts:
Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue 55 Graphite: Regular, Stiff
Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue 65 Graphite: Regular, Stiff
Mitsubishi Tensei AV White 65 Graphite: Stiff, X Stiff

More information: Callaway Website

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