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Callaway have unveiled their latest Rogue Draw Driver, that Callaway has 7 yards more draw bias than the Epic
Aimed at the golfer who has a slice, the Callaway Rogue Draw Driver has draw-promoting qualities combined with all of the other technologies in the standard Rogue driver.
Draw drivers have come a long way over the last 18 months and from looks alone most golfers wouldn’t know the Draw isn’t a standard Rogue. Callaway say there’s seven yards more draw bias than the Epic, which helps keep shots away from the right side of the course, and improves ball speed for heel strikers.
The Callaway Rogue Draw includes the combination of Jailbreak and X-Face VF Technologies, improved Boeing aerodynamics package and triaxial carbon crown, all designed to work together to promote an increase in ball speed and distance.
A 5-gram screw in sole near the heel and substantial internal weighting at the heel also feature in the Rogue Draw Driver. This pulls the CG location inward, toward the heel. That enhances the head’s ability to create ‘gear effect’ a physical action that minimises slice-spin when the face is open at impact.
Callaway Rogue Draw Driver Review: You Should Know
TECH: Draw drivers have come a very long way over the last 18 months and from looks alone most golfers would have no idea the Draw isn’t a standard Rogue. Callaway says there are seven yards more draw bias than golfers could get from the adjustable Epic, which not only helps keep shots away from the right side of the golf course, but also improves ball speeds for heel strikers.
Callaway Rogue Draw Driver Review: We Say
The Rogue’s wider, streamlined head shape and bigger footprint looks much friendlier than the Epic; it’s a huge step forward in our opinion. The Draw head has seven yards more draw bias than the Epic (in a draw setting) and it’s worth remembering Rogue’s lower spinning, too, so there’s every chance you’ll want to move up a loft. We love the idea of offering shaft weight options from 40g to 80g; it means even the Rogue Draw can be set up to suit almost all swing speeds.
Callaway Rogue Draw Driver Review: Verdict
Rogue drivers are still in the range for 2019, and if you really want a Callaway draw driver this year, it’s likely to be the best you’ll find. Forgiveness levels, thanks to the wider head and bigger footprint are fractionally higher than Epic Flash (with the 16g weight in the draw position) which tells us it’s a great option for slicers and heel strikers.
See our Best 2018 Driver Test here
Callaway Rogue Draw Driver: Key Features
Jailbreak Effect for Enhanced Ball Speed
Combined power of Jailbreak technology and X-Face VFT technology to promote high ball speed and long distance.
Draw-enhancing External and Internal
Weighting Added weight in the heel moves the CG inward, enhancing gear effect on open-faced impacts to minimize slice-spin or promote draw-spin.
Boeing Aero Package
New boundary-layer geometry increases the Speed Step’s efficiency for better airflow and more head speed.
Triaxial Carbon Crown for Increased MOI
The largest ever carbon composite surface area in a Callaway driver. Its light-and-strong composition saves weight that’s redistributed to increase MOI.
Premium Shaft Selection at Multiple Weights
Choose from 40g, 50g and 60g weight classes — Aldila Quaranta, Aldila Synergy, Project X Even Flow.
Callaway’s Senior Vice President of R&D Alan Hocknell explains the tech in the Rogue drivers below…
At Callaway we’ve pioneered carbon bre in drivers. The tech’s now so good the Rogue’s crown is 63% lighter than an equivalent titanium crown. All that weight saving is redistributed to raise MOI and protect ball speed and distance
Rogue is bigger
Both Rogue and Epic are 460cc drivers, but Rogue is stretched from face to back and slightly from toe to heel. To get this look in a conforming driver we used a atter crown compared to the Epic.
Hourglass-shaped Jailbreak bars
Since Epic we’ve run an exhaustive amount of experiments on Jailbreak (not only on vertical rods, either) and looked specifically at how the tech performs with our new X-Face and Variable Face Thickness. New hourglass shaped rods give a giant leap from Epic to Rogue.
We knew we wanted Rogue to be larger, but that amplifies drag issues in the downswing. By working with Boeing we better understood the transitions from face to driver crown. These have a softer, more generous radius, so air effectively stays closer to the driver’s surfaces for longer, reducing drag.
In recent times we’ve gone from offering a single stock shaft option to sometimes 20. It’s led to confusion, so for Rogue the offering is more manageable (with a premium offering in key weight ranges) and easier to understand.