Martin Hopley

After the very successful year of the Callaway Epic driver Callaway has gone the other side of the ropes for the naming of the follow up called the Callaway Rogue driver.

Callaway Rogue Driver

It is not strictly speaking a replacement as the Epic continues for now as the Rogue is there to provide a higher level of forgiveness as it 'doesn't follow the established conventions'.

The Jailbreak bars of course are still there and are now 25% lighter than before as they join the sole to the crown of the club to make the structure more rigid to return more energy to the ball, increase ball speed and make it go further.

Callaway Rogue Driver

In addition they are now hourglass shaped which means they retain the same strength but are lighter to save weight higher up to move it lower down. Everything else is lighter too starting with the Triaxial Carbon Crown which tips the scales at under 10g.

Callaway Rogue Driver

The VFT face is also lighter, thinner, faster and basically even more marvellous than it was before, if that is possible. You get the drift.

Callaway Rogue Driver

The sole is back to being titanium as the triaxial carbon that was in the Epic sole was there because of the sliding weight track. This does not exist in the Rogue and combined with a desire for a more aggressive looking sole it was dropped as a carbon sole would not have added anything to the performance.

Callaway Rogue Driver

What makes the Rogue different when you pick it up is the larger head shape at address. It is still the same 460cc as the Epic, but is shallower and deeper and this is what helps make it more forgiving, with a 16% tighter shot dispersion say the makers.

Callaway Rogue Driver

It almost has a bit of the Callaway Big Bertha Fusion driver about it with that drawn back head and viewing the Rogue as a combination of this and the Epic would not be far off the mark in terms of benefits.

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Looking at the faces you can clearly see how tall the Epic is and most will prefer the new Rogue shape as it just looks like you have more margin for error.

Callaway Rogue Driver

This is backed up by the MOI numbers which at 8600 for combined vertical and horizontal MOI is 7.5% higher than the Epic and 16% more than the Callaway XR16 driver. If it was any more forgiving they would be canonising it.

Callaway Rogue Driver

As well as all the dieting that is going elsewhere in the head, the Rogue driver also loses the sliding weight around the rear of the head, which saves another 15g, all of which can be put lower and further back to drop the CG.

Callaway Rogue Driver

This is one of the reasons the Epic is still in the line because it does offer this adjustability and a slightly higher CG that may suit some players better.

Callaway say that with the Epic most players had the sliding weight in neutral or draw setting and hardly ever slid it round to the fade setting so they got rid of it and you now have a standard and Draw head in the Rogue.

Callaway Rogue Driver

The Draw head has a 1° more upright lie and the weight in the heel to give up to 7 yards draw bias provided you can put a neutral swing on it.

Callaway Rogue Driver

We will come on to you faders later, or you can deloft the Rogue head by 1° using the usual Optifit hosel and that should open the face a little to give some fade bias.

Callaway Rogue Driver

The aerodynamic SpeedStep on the crown is still there but seems less prominent than before as it smooths the airflow over the shiny head to eke out every last mph.

Callaway Rogue Driver

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%.

Also customising the club is a choice of 4 stock shafts from the lightest Aldila Quaranta at 40g, through the Aldila Synergy, Project X EvenFlow to the heaviest Project X Hzrdus at 70g, all of which are pretty good.

Callaway Rogue Driver

Callaway Rogue Driver

So does it all work? Well I went through the Callaway fitting process and then compared the results to the Epic using the same shaft in both clubs to see the differences in the heads.

For me there was not much in it for distance, which I think disappointed the Callaway guys, but they do say that for some people Epic might still be an option.

Callaway Rogue Driver

The Rogue however was still going forwards as much, but what I did notice was that the (obviously) rogue shot here and there that was up near the toe only lost around 4 yards of distance, so I would say that the Rogue was more forgiving.

The higher MOI is reducing the loss of ball speed for me and this consistency is probably the key benefit over the Epic, which would occasionally go AWOL if you didn't hit it right.

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.

Callaway Rogue Driver

If like me you had the 55g Hzrdus in the Epic driver then the Project X Synergy is probably going to be the one to go for as the EvenFlow is just that little bit heavier, but still a good option.

For those who need to reduce spin by more than the shaft will allow then there is still the Sub Zero option in the Rogue.

Callaway Rogue Sub Zero Driver Review

As before the Callaway Rogue Sub Zero driver features two weight positions in the sole that you can swap a 2g and 12g weight between to change the spin and launch.

Callaway Rogue Sub Zero Driver

Putting the heavier 12g weight at the front will drop the spin so if you are a 100mph plus swing speed player than that is where the Sub Zero starts to become at option.

Callaway Rogue Sub Zero Driver

Playing with the weights on GC2 did drop the spin for me but what I really noticed was that it was harder to keep straight.

Callaway Rogue Driver

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.

It will also benefit anyone who hits down on their driver and adds sping that way, usually seen by a negative attack angle on a launch monitor. The Rogue Sub Zero will take off the spin and because of the better forgiveness it probably has a wider appeal in this scenario than the Epic Sub Zero.

Everything else about the construction is the same and the head has a slightly smaller and taller look at address and is closer in shape to the standard Epic.

Callaway Rogue Sub Zero Driver

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.

Callaway Rogue Driver

It also has a little more fade bias than the Epic Sub Zero so for those who want an anti-left driver then you can take this head, de-loft it and put the weight forward and you will be veering to the right more than a facist with a longer left leg.


Overall the Callaway Rogue driver manages to successfully move on from the Epic driver, even if big brother is still lurking in the background somewhere.

Callaway Rogue Sub Zero Driver

The naming creates something distinctive, even if the colour doesn't really bring warmth. 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.

Callaway Rogue Sub Zero Driver

To be fair the smaller Epic head did help with the speed and the sliding weight adjustability did give plenty or options, even if not all of them were used.

For those who found that the Epic was not forgiving enough, then the Rogue is really everything you could want in a driver as the speed from the innovative Jailbreak face is still there and the lower CG design makes it easier to keep it down the middle.

Golfalot Rating: 5 stars
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Callaway Rogue Driver

Callaway Rogue Driver - Product Details

UK Launch09 February 2018
UK Launch RRP£469
USA Launch23 February 2018
USA Launch RRP$499.99
European Launch09 February 2018
European Launch RRP€549
Handicap Range
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Left Handed Lofts9°, 10.5°
Right Handed Lofts9°, 10.5°, 13.5°
MaterialTitanium, Carbon
Head Volume460 cc
Weight244 grams
Club Length45.5 inches
Swing WeightD3
Shaft NameAldila Synergy
Shaft TypesGraphite
Shaft FlexRegular, Stiff, X Stiff
Shaft Weight55g
Manufacturer's WebsiteCallaway Website

User Reviews

August 2018

Currently playing Ping G15 12 Degree Loft, stock Reg Flex Shaft. Tested Rogue vs G15, G400 Max and Cobra F8. My average carry with aprox 90 mph swing with the G15 was 193 yds. I was at 199 with Cobra, but I tended to pull this was due to the draw bias. The G15 felt very good, and I was definitely straighter than with the Cobra, and had about the same carry (199). Long ones went 208; one out of 5. The Rogue, with a 50g regular flex shaft felt very solid, like I didn't need to swing hard to make good contact. The numbers said it all. Average was 208, with excellent dispersion, and a long of 223; it was consistently longer than anything else, but quite a bit. This is the most expensive driver out there, and I bought it anyway.

Travis Robbins
August 2018

I along with many of my golf buddies bought the Rogue driver and every single one of them have cracked up around the hozel and across the top of the club. Some have replaced with a new Rogue driver and it has happened again. Has anyone else had this problem? Star rating below 5

Willy Edewaard
May 2018

Just purchased Rogue 10.5 driver. Tested vs Ping G400 and Max, TaylorMade M4 and Cobra F8. Rogue is a home run for Callaway. I was going to get PING, I always play PING. But, when I tested this, that was it. Better numbers and it just feels and looks great.

Mike S
April 2018

Very forgiving. Almost to the point of disbelief. I hit the M3 and M4. Not bad. But a notable difference and feel favoring the Rogue. Longer and straight. Very happy with this club !

March 2018

I just bought a Rogue after having an Epic and struggling with it. I was more interested in another brand after the poor fitting of the Epic at a big retailer. Lovely club, very long, VERY forgiving. I got fitted for mine at an independent golf course, tried several other brands but the Rogue just performed from the off. Please get fit for one rather than buy off the rack. Mine was a standard Rogue with Evenflow shaft.

March 2018

Just bought the Rogue Draw 10.5 with a 50 gram Synergy regular shaft. Amazing extra carry, extra distance and best of all consistently straighter. The Epic was good, but the Rogue is far better. I know the price will put a lot of people off buying one, but if they want results and consistency off the tee get one. When they see the way it performs they will forget what they have spent. Great driver Callaway.

Patrick Timlin
January 2018

Just bought the Sub Zero with the Project X EvenFlow shaft 44.5 inches and added 21 yards over my XR16 Driver, so the transition was pretty straight forward for me. Awesome club

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