Callaway Rogue ST Max Driver Review
The Callaway Rogue ST Max driver launched on February 18, 2022, with a price tag of $549.99. The driver uses a new shape that Callaway claims provides more forgiveness and speed. As with the majority of driver launches from the big manufacturers, the Callaway Rogue ST Max did not enter the market alone. It came with three sister drivers: the ST Max D, the ST Max LS and the ST Triple Diamond LS.
The Callaway Rogue ST Drivers – What You Should Know
The first thing that needs to be explained when it comes to the Callaway Rogue ST Max family of drivers is what exactly ST stands for! It simply means “Speed Tuned” which, as well as being a nice marketing slogan, gives you an indication of what this club is expected to achieve.
The need for four separate drivers is to fill each individual golfer’s needs. High handicappers, low handicappers and elite players alike will find something that suits them within the range.
Rogue ST Max
The Callaway Rogue ST Max is Callaway’s most forgiving of the four drivers. With the highest MOI as well as a slight draw bias, it has a fantastic combination of length and forgiveness. It’s a 460cc driver that comes in lofts of 9 degrees, 10.5 degrees and 12 degrees.
Rogue ST Max D
The Rogue ST Max D is designed to promote a draw. It has a high MOI along with a reduced face progression and a more upright lie. The profile at address has been stretched for maximum shot shape correction. Again, the driver comes in 460cc and is available in lofts of 9 degrees, 10.5 degrees and 12 degrees.
Rogue ST Max LS
The Callaway Rogue ST Max LS is designed to deliver lower spin on the golf ball and a strong trajectory. Compared to the standard Rogue ST driver, golfers can expect more workability and a more neutral ball flight. It is suited to golfers who are low to mid handicap. The ST Max LS is 460cc but only available in 9 degrees and 10.5 degrees.
Rogue ST Triple Diamond LS
The Rogue ST Triple Diamond LS is LONG…and that’s just the name. If you are looking for a low spin driver then it’s the lowest spinning driver in the Rogue ST line-up and club has been designed for low handicaps and professionals. It features a neutral to fade bias and is slightly smaller at 450cc. Like the Max LS driver, it comes in two lofts, 9 degrees and 10.5 degrees.
Who Should Play the Rogue ST Max Driver?
The ST Max is ideal for anyone struggling with their driver, particularly those in a mid to high handicap bracket. The driver will perform much better on off-centre strikes thanks to its high MOI and its draw bias minimizes slices and promotes more distance.
While the ST Max will go a long way, it isn’t quite as far as the ST Max LS and the ST Triple Diamond LS which are better suited to lower handicaps.
What Makes the Callaway Rogue ST Max Great?
The ST Max’s greatness comes in its forgiveness. Like any driver in its category, its simplicity to hit and an increased margin of error makes it easier and more enjoyable to play the game.
An often-overlooked aspect to golf clubs is the sound. A good sounding club is like music to the ears, but a bad sounding one creates negative thoughts and psychologically might put players off. The Rogue is a great sounding driver and Golf Monthly named it their top driver for sound and feel in 2022.
The forgiveness, great sound and all its other attributes are made possible through a wealth of technology. A new tungsten speed cartridge, jailbreak speed frame, A.I. designed face and a titanium unibody construction combine to make the Rogue family, quality clubs.
The jailbreak speed frame offers greater stability across the face to keep decent ball speeds on of-center strikes. The triaxial carbon crown and sole saves weight which can be redistributed for distance and forgiveness.
Callaway Rogue ST Max Driver Review
The ST Max is a nice-looking club. The base of the clubhead is in typical modern fashion with an appearance that makes it seem like it has been manufactured using rocket science.
The crown features an unconventional look also, with a clockwork design running along the edge. It’s fun though some have found it off-putting at address.
The stated loft of the Rogue ST Max can be increased or decreased by 1 or 2 degrees by rotating the hosel. In addition, the driver has neutral and draw settings to alter lie angle. In total the ST Max has 8 potential loft and lie combinations.
In terms of regular drivers, the Rogue ST Max is long. In comparison to forgiving drivers, it’s SUPER LONG. Today’s Golfer carried out a distance comparison of all the top drivers on the market and the Rogue ST Max was the clear winner. It finished a full 5 yards ahead of the second longest club on the list, the Cobra King LTDx and a whopping 11 yards ahead of the Taylormade Stealth.
The ST Max might not be the longest in its family, but it’s still pretty damn long!
Accuracy & Forgiveness
While the Rogue ST Max is long, its principal function is to be accurate and forgiving. Its high MOI allows for greater performance on off-center strikes and will help golfers find more fairways. The 26 gram tungsten cartridge at the rear of the driver head helps increase forgiveness.
Rogue ST Max Shaft Options
The Rogue ST Max comes with five possible shaft options from Mitsubishi and Fujikura. These shafts range from 50 grams up to 65 grams and cover a range of torque and kickpoint options. One surprising shortcoming of these shafts is the lack of a Senior flex. While Senior flex is less popular than other flexes, it’s disappointing not to see it as a stock option.
Rogue ST Max Driver Verdict
Callaway have really nailed it here when it comes to maximizing distance with a forgiving driver. As stated in the article, the Rogue ST Max is by far the longest forgiving driver of 2022. Whilst the Ping G425 Max may be the standard bearer for forgiveness, the Rogue ST Max is no slouch in this department. Although the fact they don’t seem to include the torque wrench is a bit mean considering the price of the club.