The Callaway Rogue ST Max irons are a new release in 2022 in the game improvement category. If you are familiar with the original Rogue irons, you are likely well aware that these clubs had great distance but lacked in feel and accuracy.
With the new Rogue ST Max, Callaway incorporated some impressive technology to help improve forgiveness, ball speed, and all-around performance.
Let’s take a look at what the big deal is with these irons, whether they are worth it and if the Rogue ST Max should be in your bag for 2023. Read our full Callaway Rogue ST Max irons review below!
Callaway Rogue ST Max Irons Overview
- Game Improvement Irons built for speed and distance
- A.I. Flash Face Cup & Precision Tungsten Weighting for exceptional feel
- Designed to produce high ball flight with tons of forgiveness
- Ideal for Mid to High Handicappers who want a forgiving set of irons
The Callaway Rogue ST Max irons are a game improvement; some may even say super game improvement (in the OS version) set of irons from Callaway. These are for the mid to high handicappers and beginners that are looking for maximum forgiveness, high launch, and tons of distance.
One of the biggest improvements that the Rogue ST Max have over the original Rogues is the improved Precision Tungsten Weighting. With the AI Face optimization and tungsten weighting, the overall feel is greatly improved. Something the original Rogue irons lacked.
Rouge ST Max Irons Key Features
Some features from Callaway are continued from one series of irons to another. I always try to look at this as a positive; the company realized that the technology worked, so they kept it going. You will notice that the Rogue ST Max has urethane microspheres to improve feel and AI Face Optimization, two things we saw in the Mavrik series from Callaway.
A.I. Designed Flash Face Cup
Artificial intelligence has made a major difference in the way that golf clubs have been produced in the last few years. AI essentially lets golf companies test out hundreds of combinations of a club before they decide on the highest performance model.
Certainly, this is a bit easier than making physical model after physical model just to test out one design. As a result, the Rogue ST Max are the fastest irons Callaway have ever produced.
Urethane microspheres are incorporated into the club head to help improve feel. These microspheres dampen the vibration felt at impact, making it pure even when you miss the center of the face a bit.
Precision Tungsten Weighting
Precision tungsten weighting is a very hot topic in golf technology this year. With the use of tungsten, Callaway can perfectly position the center of gravity in the iron and ensure better ball flight. With only 41 degrees of loft in the pitching wedge, the tungsten weighting ensures that you still get impressive ball flight and forgiveness with a lower loft.
Optimized center of gravity means optimized sweet spots, and better ball flights overall.
The Rogue ST Max looks a little like the Mavrik and the original Rogue mixed together. This is a Callaway, so I was not surprised to see a thick top-down look.
In addition to the thickness, the club is very offset. For those that hit the ball down the right side of the golf course, the extra offset is a great benefit.
Overall, Callaway game improvement golf irons are large, they are built to increase player confidence and improve overall consistency, and it works. In the OS version, expect an even larger club head.
Just prepare yourself if you want a sleek-looking golf iron with clean turf interaction.
Two things really stand out about the performance of the Callaway Rogue ST Max on the golf course.
The first is that the ball is going to travel a long way.
The second is that the dispersion rates seem lower than in years past.
Overall my shots were straight, the ball flight is higher than the original Rogue irons, and the distance was pretty impressive. For those in the mid to slow swing speed range lacking distance, the Rogue ST Max may be able to get some of it back for you.
Forgiveness is essential for higher handicaps or beginners. I noticed that the shots I typically miss, left or right, were not as far off as they were with more blade-style irons.
One thing to be aware of here is that with increased forgiveness, you sometimes lose workability. For those that are trying to hit a draw or a fade with their irons, good luck!
The Rogue ST Max does one of the best jobs on the market of correcting the shot shape and getting things straightened out. This is not a club for a golfer that wants to intentionally hit golf shots that are not straight.
The OS version of the Callaway Rogue ST Max incorporates an even larger club head size.
Sound and Feel
To put it nicely, the feel in the original Rogue irons was not ideal. There was quite a bit of rattle, and it just didn’t feel as smooth.
I’ll give Callaway credit here; they made some major improvements in the Rogue ST Max. The feel is more pure, the sound is what you would expect from a premium cavity back, and overall performance is greatly improved because of it.
Two things stand out about the specifications of the Rogue ST Max. These include very low lofts; expect a PW to be 41 degrees, which creates another gap between the gap wedge and the pitching wedge. Callaway filled this in with what they call an approach wedge.
What does this mean for the average golfer?
It means you could now end up with the following wedges in your bag:
- Pitching wedge
- Approach Wedge
- Gap Wedge
- Sand Wedge
- Lob Wedge
It’s a lot!
If you ask me, Callaway could call the AW a pitching wedge, and I really wouldn’t care as long as I knew how far the ball traveled. Does it matter which club it is if you can still get the distance you need?
Callaway Rogue ST Max Iron Specs:
|AW | 46°||46°||64°||4.3mm||35.5″|
|GW | 51°||51°||64°||3.7mm||35.25″|
|SW | 56°||56°||64°||3.2mm||35″|
Who Should Use These Irons?
Callaway Rogue ST Max irons are for mid to higher handicappers and beginners. This is a club to keep in your bag, specifically if you need help making the game of golf more manageable. If you are hitting shots that are inconsistent or struggle to get distance from your swings, then the Rogue ST Max is a good option to consider.
Better players and the fastest swing speed players can consider the Apex line from Callaway.
At this point, you should have a general idea as to whether or not the Callaway Rogue irons are worth looking into for your game. The clubs have greatly improved feel from the original Rogue irons. In addition, the loft is still incredibly strong, but it doesn’t result in low golf shots that are difficult to stop. If anything, the ball flight has actually improved. If your golf irons are a few years old, or you still have the original Rogue in play, it’s probably time to give these new irons a few swings. That’s all from our end for this Callaway Rogue ST Max irons review!