A new driver is succeeding 2017’s best-selling Epic in the Callaway lineup. Called the Rogue, it has titanium bars (Jailbreak technology) connecting the crown and the sole that are now hourglass shaped saving about 25% of the weight compared with those used in Epic. According to Callaway’s research the bars or rods have the effect of stiffening the club body, so energy is more efficiently transferred producing added ball speed. The second feature not to be overlooked is Rogue’s new X Face VFT variable face thickness profile which combined with the Jailbreak rods helps to preserve ball speed if impact is off center. This design also allows mass to be moved altering the center of gravity for a better launch and add to the head’s resistance to twisting.
Compared to the Great Big Bertha, the Epic and XR model drivers the face of the Rogue can be made thinner because of the improved Jailbreak rods and after doing an impact probability distribution a pattern for the thinner and thicker portions of the face was developed.
There are three Rogue models. In addition to the standard configuration there is the draw model which has weight moved towards the heel…an anti-slice configuration that reduces side spin without a closed face angle, having an upright lie or lots of offset between the head and the shaft. Compared with the standard Rogue it has about 17 yards less slice and compared with the Epic driver with weights moved close to the heel, about 7 yards less. The Sub Zero for better players is a low spin model but still has a high MOI and has two weights in the sole, a 14-gram and a 2-gram (Epic Sub Zero had a 12-gram and a 2-gram), to adjust the trajectory and spin. Each Rogue driver model is priced at $500 and will be available February 9.
The Rogue fairway woods have the Jailbreak rods with Callaway’s well-regarded face cup design. There are two models, the standard and the Sub-Zero. Both are priced at $300.
More Rogues: In addition to the drivers and fairway woods the Rogue family from Callaway Golf is being expanded to include three models of irons and two of hybrids each with their tungsten-infused Internal Standing Wave allows for control over location of the center of gravity.
Rogue hybrids have the Jailbreak design with two steel rods inside the clubhead to restrain crown and sole flex at impact for more ball speed and the thin Carpenter steel face cup produces more forgiveness. The Rogue X hybrids are a similar construction but have lighter shafts and stronger lofts with a larger clubhead than the standard Rogue. Both will be at retail on February 9 and are priced at $250.
All three Rogue iron models share the similar construction with a 360 Face Cup and Variable Face Thickness. Toe weighting comes from a large tungsten weight and to control sound and vibration a special urethane filled with microspheres has been placed behind the thin face. The Rogue Pro model has a smaller head than the standard, less offset with a thinner sole and narrower topline that better players like. The Rogue X are all about distance with slightly long shafts from 6-iron through 4-iron and 3- to 4-degree stronger lofts. Overall club weight averages 10 grams less than the standard. Callaway says they aimed for maximum distance potential without becoming unplayable. Rogue Irons and Rogue X Irons: are $900 with steel shafts and $1,000 with graphite. Rogue Pro Irons are $1,000 and all will be available February 9.
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Memorable Win for Kizzire with Titleist
Patton Kizzire will have multiple reasons to remember this year’s Sony Open, his second win on the PGA Tour and second of this season. Before the third round at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu an unbelievably inept mistake by a government technician resulted in a false warning of an impending missile strike. Then on Sunday Golf Channel technical crews walked out in a contract dispute leaving viewers with sporadic coverage and finally to notch the win Kizzire had to beat James Hahn a six-hole playoff.
Golf gear aficionados will not be surprised to learn Kizzire stayed with the same clubs as he used for first win the OHL Classic in Mexico in November.
Driver: Titleist 917D3 10.5 degrees
Fairway wood: Titleist 917F2 16.5 degrees
Hybrid: Titleist 913H2 19 degrees
Irons: 4-iron Titleist 718 T-MB; 5- and 6-iron Titleist 718 CB; 7-iron through pitching wedge Titleist 718 MB
Wedges: Titleist Vokey TVD prototype, 52-, 56- & 60 degrees
Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
Waialae Counts: It was another dominating week for Titleist Pro V1 or Pro V1x with 105 out of the 144-man Sony Open playing one of the other. The nearest competitor’s ball count was 18. Titleist also led in the number of hybrids played at 24 and in iron sets with 45. Their Vokey Design Wedges were the most played in the approach, sand and lob wedge category with 200 and their Scotty Cameron putters won out with 57.
Two More MTBs: Snell Golf, the three-year-old ball manufacturer who pioneered tour-level performing golf balls priced one-third less than many comparable brands, has added two new models to their lineup. The My Tour Ball Black is similar to the original MTB with 360 dimples in the cast urethane cover but a 7% lower compression core to produce added driver distance by lowering the spin. The 4-piece 338-dimple MTB Red with a thicker TPU cover has what Snell labels as “Dual Feel Technology,” meaning slightly firmer feel off the driver and long irons but with higher spin on mid and short irons. MTB Red will offer the choice of White and Optic Yellow models. Pricing for the MTB Black and MTB Red will be the same as the original MTB, $31.99 per dozen and both are available for pre-ordering at SnellGolf.com.
Get a Charge from Sun Mountain:
Sun Mountain is adding portable power packs for recharging your smartphone or other device to the Supercharged C-130 cart bag and the Supercharged 4.5 carry bag. The C-130 will be at retail in June priced at $280 and the 4.5 carry bag in August for $250.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?