Martin Hopley

For those Callaway fans of a certain age and handicap, you are probably still pining for the Steelhead X-12 or X-14 Pro Series irons that combined forgiveness with a compact look that still gave you the feeling that you still 'had it'.

Maybe you where underwhelmed when the Steelhead XR Pro irons promised so much but left you in the dark finish. If that was you then the Rogue Pro irons could be what you have been waiting for.

Callaway Rogue Pro Irons

At address the look like most other recent Callaway irons of this size, but they feature a thinner 360 Face Cup and a cavity with Urethane Microspheres in it to modify the sound.

Callaway Rogue Pro Irons

This can get a touch louder in the long irons as the cavity gets bigger, but it still sounds and feels like a better player's iron.

Compared to the standard Rogue irons the lofts are weaker because the heads are not as deep front to back so you need the launch, but they are still reasonably strong for this sector.

Callaway Rogue Pro Irons

It is quite close in style and design to the Callaway Epic Pro iron and taking them both on GC revealed similar levels of distance with a slightly higher flight from the Rogue Pro.

Callaway Rogue Irons

The Epic Pro probably looks a bit better and sounds and feels more solid, but is twice the price.

Callaway Rogue Pro Irons

Callaway Rogue Pro Irons

The other alternative would be the Callaway Steelhead XR Pro which I am afraid I had to compare using 8-irons as that is all Callaway could find to send me - so sales must be going well then...

Callaway Rogue Irons

Even at this higher loft the Rogue was again producing more spin, which hurt the distance as most other launch conditions were the same.

Callaway Rogue Pro Irons

Callaway Rogue Pro Irons

I would probably give the Rogue Pro the nod on looks and feel though, especially in this category of irons as it felt more solid and I think the chrome look is more in tune with what better players will go for.

Callaway Rogue Pro Irons

Back to 6-irons and compared to the rest of the family, the Rogue Pro was right on the tail of the more forgiving Rogue iron.

Callaway Rogue Irons

This is pretty impressive and whilst it wasn't as forgiving as the standard model, the Pro brought back all those X-14 memories or distance, with a little forgiveness and that blade like looks that mid to high single players will love.

Callaway Rogue Pro Irons

Of all the Rogue irons I do prefer the looks of the Rogue Pro the most as the chrome on the back and the absence of the blue flashes give it a much more aggressive look.

It is also quite a light club to swing as the True Temper XP 105 ST 15 is lighter than average for this type of club without losing and stability.

Callaway Rogue Pro Irons

The Rogue Pro played beautifully on the course and as well as a decent level of forgiveness it was versatile enough if you wanted to varying your trajectory up or down.

It also felt quite powerful off the face for this size of iron and of Callaway's better player cavity back irons, of which there are plenty, then the Rogue Pro would probably be my choice and has the DNA to be the true heir to the X-14 Pro Series of yesteryear.

Callaway Rogue Pro Irons

Yes, it is a little more than the slightly larger Steelhead XR Pro and similar in price to the Apex CF, but it is less than the X-Forged or the money-no-object Epic Pro irons, so on balance the Rogue Pro is probably the sensible choice for single figure Callaway players.

Golfalot Rating: 5 stars
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Callaway Rogue Pro Iron

Callaway Rogue Pro Irons - Product Details

UK Launch09 February 2018
UK Launch RRP£849
USA Launch09 February 2018
USA Launch RRP$999.99
European Launch09 February 2018
European Launch RRP€999
Handicap Range
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Swing WeightD3
Shaft NameTrue Temper XP 105 Stepless, Aldila Synergy 60
Shaft TypesSteel, Graphite
Shaft FlexLight, Regular, Stiff
GripLamkin Z5
DesignCavity Back
Set Makeup4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, PW, GW
Additional Clubs3, SW
Manufacturer's WebsiteCallaway Website

User Reviews

Well, I replaced my AP2 with Roge PRO.
September 2018

I'm glad I took the trusty AP2 916 out of the bag. The AP2's had better soles, and possibly better feel, but were never as manoeuvrable or consistent flight as the Rogues. Fades are possible again, the AP2 were hard to fade predictably (mostly draw or straight). The Rogue Pro delivers closer to the pin performance, the middle and long irons are wonderful. I needed help from 150 to 220, the Rogues deliver. Not crazy about the larger soles in the new Rogues, I preferred the old XR Pro frrm 3 years ago, these were even more playable in my opinion. I don't like the 5 degrees spacing in the short irons, I had these adjusted to match the weaker AP2 lofts, Rogue Pro is still longer and plays better for me. Nobody wants a PW that goes 150 yards. Great clubs, just put some better grips and adjust to fit your game.

5 hdcap
July 2018

Had Titleist 918 AP3s. Took demo set of Rogue Pro irons with 105 shaft. Little heavy but solid. Got a set with Graphite and...OMG. Best iron game I have seen in 7 years. Solid and happy.

Steelhead XR player
March 2018

Finally dumped the X14 Pro Series last year for the XR's. Reading this about the Rogue's & Apex's just seems to me like they are really looking for a reason to like them & Callaway is fighting for a reason for them to exist. They could have the Steelhead XR & XR Pros & adequately cover 90% of the folders, lol. Epic & Pro, Rogue & Pro, Forged model, Apex & Pro, Steelhead XR & Pro - plus some have oversize models too! I hit them all at range day last year & results wise there was very little difference!

Callaway Rogue Pro Irons are the real thing.
March 2018

My Callaway Rogue Pro Irons arrived last week, having hated the black predecessor and being a fan of the XR Pro, the Rogues are worth the elevated price. These sticks are solid yet forgiving and maneuverable enough to replace the trusty XR Pros. The Rogues are long but more consistent than the XR Pro. I can see the spin is very similar to the XRs, except that these spin with a stiffer tip shaft, which makes them much more consistent in distance than the previous KBS V90. I really like the new irons, these will be in the bag for at least two years, these represent a marked improvement in technology, and they look great! I think these are perfect for people with a decent swing, shooting low 80s and better.

XR Pro Owner
March 2018

As a happy owner of the XR Pro who hated last year's Black Steelhead PRO replacement, I must say that these appear to be the ticket. I hope they have smaller soles and just a hotter face with a good sound (not clicky). Else my XR Pro will remain in the bag for two more years....

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