Callaway Rogue Hybrid Review


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My extremely busy schedule has always made it hard for me to fine-tune my golf skills.  So, I started checking how I can get to a lower handicap without too much effort.  I’m a 6 handicap now.  Four months ago, I came across the Callaway Rogue Hybrid. I’ve since managed to get to a 5 handicap without any problem.  In this golf club review I’ll share the benefits this hybrid has brought to my game. 

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Things to Consider Before Buying A Callaway Rogue Hybrid Golf Club

Before I tell you more about this Callaway, I’ll point out a few things you should consider before buying a hybrid golf club. A hybrid club combines the qualities of Irons and fairway Woods which makes it extremely versatile.

You should identify the reason why you’re buying the hybrid club. You either want to replace a long iron or complement or replace one of your Woods. This way you’ll know the features of the loft of the hybrid which you should purchase. 

Now, you should correlate the loft angle of the hybrid with the loft of the club you want to replace. Here are a few conversions to help you: 3 Wood - 14° to 16° Hybrid, 5 Wood/2 Iron - 17° to 19° Hybrid, 7 Wood/ 3 Iron – 20° to 22° Hybrid, 9 Wood/4 Iron - 23° to 25° Hybrid, 5 Iron - 26° to 29° Hybrid. 

Don’t make the same mistake as amateurs do and buy a hybrid club off of the shelf. You should buy a hybrid with a shaft type and flex which matches your current Irons or Woods. Also, match the offset of your hybrid with the offset of your other clubs to maintain the design style of your current set. 

However, if you’re a more traditional type of player and you want to use separate clubs for the different types of shots a golf course requires, you shouldn’t think about buying a hybrid. You’re better off sticking to the various types of long Irons and Woods. 


Callaway Rogue Hybrid Detailed Review

With each passing year, Callaway surprises all of us with innovative and accurately engineered hybrids.

This hybrid’s revolutionary system combines the Hyper Speed Face Cup with Jailbreak, making it extremely light and easy to launch. 

The Rogue hybrid’s head is mid-sized and a bit longer and deeper than the head of Callaway’s Epic hybrid. This increases the ball speed provided by the Rogue. 

Despite resulting in the extra spin of the ball, the Rogue hybrid covers more distance in average than the Epic hybrid. Rogue’s accuracy makes it a better choice than the Epic but it depends if you’re aiming to have more control over the ball’s spin. 

The Jailbreak technology makes the Rogue hybrid a very strong club, similar to PING’s G30 hybrid which has an H900 heated head, adding extra strength and endurance. 

Let’s look at the main pros and cons of the Rogue hybrid: 

Pros

  • Custom shafts and grips at no extra cost
  • The Rogue hybrid comes in standard and Rogue X models
  • It’s produced in a large range of lofts, from 2H to 11H

Cons

  • The hosel is non-adjustable
  • It has a fixed centre of gravity weight
  • The price is relatively high

Features and Benefits

Rogue’s Jailbreak and Hyper Speed Face Cup systems 

The Jailbreak system was first incorporated in Callaway’s Epic hybrids and increased ball speed and distance. The technology uses two steel metal bars which connect the sole and crown. They strengthen the structure and add more energy into the shot to increase distance and the speed of the golf ball. 

The Hyper Speed Face Cup feature allows for an ultra-thin face which adds more forgiveness to the shot. The Carpenter 455 steel clubface maximizes ball speed on centre-face shots and provides speed protection on strikes from the heel or toe, or the high and low of the face. 

The hybrid’s face is 12% lighter and 7% thinner than the faces of previous hybrids which allow for a bit more flexibility and increased speed. Through rigorous testing, engineers identified 107 unique impact points on the clubface and calculated which areas suffer the least and the most stress when the ball is hit. The data allowed Callaway to design a distinctively thinned out clubface which resulted in extreme flexibility and improved ball speed. Callaway’s engineering team also managed to increase the distance covered by the golf ball when it’s hit by the hybrid’s face. 

The crown of the Rogue hybrid features a modified Speed Step. However, with the smaller size head, the Speed Steps have minimal aerodynamic influence. It’s more of a visual appeal than anything else. 

Triaxial Carbon Crown

Centre of Gravity

Callaway used Triaxial Carbon for the hybrid’s crown, which makes it 65% lighter than a titanium-based crown. This ultra-light carbon composite enables faster swing speeds and increased MOI because it allowed the extra weight to be set on the edges of the club. 

The centre of gravity is low, positioned through the internal Standing Wave placed in the bottom of the golf club’s sole. It doesn’t have any negative effect on the club’s face.  In return, you benefit from great accuracy and stability when you take your shots. 

The centre of gravity (CG) is positioned in a forward position which increases launch height and controls ball spin levels. The CG also offers increased stability at impact for better results regardless of the tee’s location. 

Performance

The square toe, although it’s bigger than expected, allows you to be sure that the ball is not going to hook when hit. The Jailbreak system adds extreme speed to your shots. It guarantees maximized speed for on centre and off-centre shots. 

When striking the golf ball with this hybrid you can reach extreme ball speed. I usually reach north of 1.40. If you add mid-launch and slight spin to that and you can hit eagle putts on par 4s with no problems at all. I know it sounds unbelievable, but I’ve done it many times. 

Long distance and forgiveness are at the main purposes of this hybrid. However, what really stands out is how easy it is to achieve high shots. 

Because of the Jailbreak system, the sound you hear when hitting the golf ball with the Rogue hybrid isn’t as high pitched as with other hybrids. It makes a quiet, metallic sound at impact. However, I consider it to be an overall satisfying sound. Based on the sound it makes, you could easily confuse the Rogue hybrid with a fairway wood. 

Also, the Jailbreak offers a firmer grip to the Rogue than other Callaway hybrids. 

Rogue Hybrid Product Specs

Mens Rogue Hybrid Product Specifications

Name

Loft

Availability

Length

Lie

Swing Weight

2H

17°

RH / LH

41.00”

57.50°

D2

3H

19°

RH / LH

40.50”

58.00°

D2

4H

21°

RH / LH

41.00”

58.50°

D2

5H

24°

RH / LH

39.50”

59.00°

D2

6H

27°

RH Only

39.00”

59.50°

D2

Womens Rogue Hybrid Product Specifications

Name

Loft

Availability

Length

Lie

Swing Weight

3H

21°

RH Only

39.50”

58.50°

D4

4H

24°

RH / LH

39.00”

59.00°

D4

5H

27°

RH / LH

38.50”

59.50°

D4

6H

30°

RH Only

38.00”

60.00°

D4

7H

33°

RH only

37.50”

60.50°

D4

8H

36°

RH only

37.00”

61.00°

D4

Shafts

Golf players, whether beginners or pros, always want equipment that provides maximum distance, speed, and precision. Although I’m a mid-handicapper, I believe Callaway has managed to integrate great shaft engineering in the Rogue hybrid. The hybrid’s shaft is made from graphite and comes in Light, Regular and Flex versions. It’s an easy weight, reaching around 60 grams.

The Light Aldila shaft weighs 69 grams and it has mid torque and kick point. The Regular Aldila Shaft weighs 70 grams and has mid torque and kick point. And, the Stiff Aldila Shaft weighs a higher 75 grams but maintains mid torque and kick point.

Callaway Rogue Hybrid - Social Proof

After I first tried out the Callaway Rogue hybrid I started searching the internet to check whether my appreciation of its fantastic performance was overrated or not.  I usually get excited quickly with a new club and tend to overestimate its features. 

To prevent this from happening with the Rogue hybrid I checked out what other players have to say. It’s best to get other opinions before deciding to buy. However, I wasn’t at all wrong.  It seems like the Rogue hybrid has fantastic ratings all around. 

Here are a few comments below. 

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The way it glides through the turf is pretty great.  I couldn't hit one bad enough to call it a miss.


Low-Handcapper

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It flew straight with almost any swing I Put on it.


Mid-Handcapper

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The width of the toe gives you confidence.  Good distance on mis-hits. It was like a baseball pitching machine, shooting balls out straight one after another.


High-Handcapper

How does the Callaway Rogue Hybrid compare?

Cobra King F8 Hybrid

The Cobra has a large clubhead which improves forgiveness and increases stability even on off-centre shots. Its L-shape face makes it highly efficient on low strikes. Its crown is made from thin carbon composite and integrates a low tungsten weight which adds control.

The loft comes in 3-4 (ranging from 19-22 degrees), 4-5 (ranging from 22-25 degrees) and 5-6 (ranging from 25-28 degrees). 

Comparison

The Cobra has an oversized club head and non-offset design while the Callaway Rogue has an ultra-thin crown integrating Hyper Speed Face technology. The Cobra hybrid integrates Baffler Technology which improves its performance. The Rogue hybrid incorporates the Jailbreak system for the first time in a hybrid adding to its strength and ball speed. Both the Cobra and Rogue hybrids are great for beginner or pro golfers due to their versatility 

Ping G400 Hybrid

Ping focused on creating a hybrid which would make shots effortless and easier to launch. The PING G400 integrates a high-density weight in the back of its sole and a strong and ultra-thin steel face. The PING G400 hybrid has great flexibility and offers extreme ball speeds. It comes in a range of 5 lofts, varying from 17 degrees to 30 degrees. It’s great for golfers who want to replace an Iron 6. 

Comparison

Similar to the Callaway Rogue, the PING G400 focuses on great ball speed and flexibility of the shots. PING G400 has a low CG just like the Rogue hybrid, which adds the control to the launch and guarantees great height. 

Titleist 818 H1 & H2 Hybrids

Titleist 818 hybrids incorporate Titleist driver technology to design the longest and most accurate Titleist club ever. It’s best used by pro golfers who are looking for great performance and precision for long game shots. 

The Active Recoil Channel 2.0 guarantees extreme ball speeds across the face through the flexing polymer insertions, which greatly improve distance. 

Comparison

Similar to the Callaway Rogue, the PING G400 focuses on great ball speed and flexibility of the shots. PING G400 has a low CG just like the Rogue hybrid, which adds the control to the launch and guarantees great height. 

Should I buy the Callaway Rogue Hybrid Golf club

The Callaway Rogue is definitely the best performer when it comes to long distance and high shots. This hybrid golf club incorporates superior technology through the Jailbreak system and Hyper Speed Face and guarantees ultimate ball speeds. You’ll have a hard time finding a better hybrid to help you reach your handicap goals. 

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