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Ready to start converting those massive drives to birdies?  

You have to find an iron game to compliment that big driver in your bag.  That all starts with finding irons that are capable of getting the job done.  

In our review of the Callaway Rogue Irons, we have found a set of irons ready for the task.  

Since introducing the golf world to the oversized 190 cc head of the Big Bertha in 1991, and then the even larger 290 cc in 1997, Callaway has strived to help players, on every level, improve their scores, and pursue their passion for the game of golf.  

Callaway continues their efforts for 2018 with the release of the Rogue line which includes the standard Rogue Irons, Rogue Pro Irons, and Rogue X Irons.  

While the three share the same name, and many of the same features, each set has a distinct personality and will appeal to a distinct level of player.  

Callaway Rogue Irons Review

Callaway Rogue Irons Review


For distance, Rogue designers employed “Face Cup” and VFT technologies. Face Cup refers to a shallow and flexible rim around the edge of the face.

Callaway claims that VFT improves ball speed even on off-center hits and helps with overall forgiveness as well.

Bottom line, these irons are longer than most in the game improvement category.  


Callaway uses “Tungsten Weighting” for exceptional forgiveness on the Rogue irons.  The use of tungsten allows them to precisely place a Center of Gravity weight in each of the long irons.

No other iron in the game improvement class is more forgiving than the Rogues.


For the most part, all three of the Rogue iron models have a similar look.  Which is basically the same look Callaway has used on “non-blade” irons for a long time.  Overall, this is a decent looking iron but it will not be winning a beauty contest against a set of blades.

Callaway promotes 3 big new features for the Rogue Irons:

1.  360 Face Cup and VFT – The combination of Callaway’s “360 Face Cup technology” with “Variable Face Thickness” (VFT) technology expands the area of the clubface that’s able to deliver fast ball speed.

Face Cup uses a flexible and shallow rim around the edge of the face. This allows the face to flex and releases on impact and increases ball speed.

Variable Face Thickness also affects how the face flexes. VFT makes the clubface more forgiving and creates good ball speed even on off-center hits. Together, they add up to improved forgiveness and more distance.

2.  Tungsten Weighting – According to Callaway, Tungsten Weighting allows them to precisely place a Center of Gravity weight in each of the long irons.

Twice as dense as steel, the tungsten concentrates a considerable amount of weight into a small and intricately shaped space. This design promotes optimum launch angles and better control for each club.

3.  Urethane Microspheres for Phenomenal Sound and Feel – While a thin clubface increases ball speed and distance, it also leads to excessive vibration which usually means unpleasant sound and feel on contact.

Some manufacturers use Urethane to dampen vibration but, Urethane can also substantially reduce the club face’s ability to flex, which decreases ball speed and distance.

To get around that problem, Callaway uses a badge made of what they call “elastic-urethane microspheres.” It provides the “sound and feel” benefits of a traditional urethane badge but, without compromising distance or forgiveness.


  • Reasonably priced.
  • Longer than most other clubs on the market.
  • Extremely forgiving.


Callaway Rogue Pro Irons Review

Callaway Rogue Pro Irons Review


This is the strongest asset this iron has.  For a player’s iron, these have the distance of game improvement irons.


The Pro version looks more compact than the standard and X versions, thanks to a thinner topline and a shallower cavity.  These definitely have the smallest heads of all the Rogue Iron models.

However, these have a phenomenal amount of forgiveness for a player’s iron.  Again, these irons have a lot of game improvement characteristics.


You’re a grown up, you understand that everything in life is about tradeoffs.  Since these irons have some features of game improvement irons, you will pay for that in the workability department.  These clubs are workable, but just not like other irons in the better player’s irons classification.

The Rogue Pro irons feature the same technology as the standard Rogue Irons; 360 Face Cup and VFT, Tungsten Weighting, and Urethane Microspheres.  

In addition to those, the Pro Irons have a little extra:

The Rogue Pro Performance Package – A little more of a redesign than just a key feature, the Rogue Pro Irons have a more compact head, a thinner sole, a thinner topline, a shallower cavity, and less offset than the standard Rogue Irons.

These design changes increase workability, trajectory control, and feedback on impact. The Rogue Pro Irons also have slightly weaker lofts than the Rogue Standard Irons.


  • Workable, a true “players” club.
  • Good feedback.
  • Great sound and feel.
  • Reasonably priced.


  • Not for the average golfer.

Callaway Rogue X Irons Review

Callaway Rogue X Irons Review


These are designed for maximum distance.  As promised, the six iron “X” model added about five yards to the already long Rogue standard.


For the Rogue X, the larger club head made good-contact easy, and the deeper CG weight location worked to provide good launch angles, despite the stronger lofts.

The downside is that longer shafts do make these a little harder to hit for some players.


Because of the strengthened lofts on the X line, the cavity starts to peak out one club sooner than the standard and pro lines.

Just like the standard Rogue Irons, and the Rogue Pro Irons, the Rogue X Irons also have these same key features:  360 Face Cup and VFT, Tungsten Weighting, Urethane Microspheres.  

What sets the X apart is:

Radical Distance Tech Package – To increase distance, Callaway took the Rouge Standard Irons and added longer shafts, lowered the weight, and strengthened the lofts.

They also widened the sole and placed the center-of-gravity low and deep to compensate for the decrease in the loft.

According to Callaway, this created a set of irons that launch high and easy, with plenty of carry.


  • Exceptional carry and distance, longer than both the Rogue and Epic standard.
  • As forgiving as the standard Rogue Irons.
  • Great sound and feel.
  • Reasonably priced.


  • Longer shafts could make them harder to hit.
  • Stronger lofts could decrease accuracy.

How do the Rogue Irons compare to Other Callaway Irons?

The natural comparison would be to their other game improvement irons the Great Big Bertha and Epic lines. All three use Face Cup Technology and tungsten weighting for improved forgiveness and launch.

For the Rogues though, Callaway replaced the Exo-Cage – featured on the GBBs and Epics – with Variable Face Technology. The Big Berthas also use a progressive center of gravity that Callaway claims improves control, especially in the longer irons.

For the most part, though, the Rogues match up well with both the Epics and Big Berthas in the two categories that buyer’s care most about – performance and price.

How to the Rogue Irons perform against other Irons on the market?

With so many similar game improvement irons out there, buyers often have a hard time deciding not only who makes the best clubs but also, who makes the best clubs for them.

When it comes to distance, forgiveness, and ball flight, the Rogue, and Rogue X, match up well against the TaylorMade M4s and M3s respectively.

Ping also makes one of the best game improvement lines out there, the Ping G series. Along with their face-flex and sound dampening technologies, Ping offers a standard game improvement model (the G400), and a super game improvement model (the G700).

Titleist jumps into the ring with three offerings that give the Rogue, Rogue Pro, and Rogue X a run for their money – the Titleist AP1, the AP2, and the AP3.

Cobra introduced an interesting concept in their King F8 line, “One length” shafts (the length of every club shaft matches the length of a seven iron). The Cobra King F8 Irons should be considered comparable to the standard Rogue in the game improvement category.

The different Rogue Models are excellent irons for many different skill levels.  The standard Rogue model is our choice for best game improvement iron of the year.

To see where the other Rogue models stack up, head over to our review of the best irons of 2018.

If you are a beginning golfer or high handicapper it would be worth your time to read our guide to the best irons for beginners and high handicappers.  

Which version of the Rogue Irons Work Best for Me?

Of the three models, the Rogue irons offer mid to high handicappers, and occasional players, the best combination of distance, forgiveness and feel.

The “Pro” in the Rogue Pro Irons pretty much says it all. Callaway designed these clubs for better players that can genuinely work the ball and don’t require any help in getting where they’re going.

The longer shafts and stronger lofts of the Rogue X Irons work best for golfers with low to mid swing speeds who need more distance.  

The Bottom Line

Once again Callaway proved that they not only know how to make great clubs but, they know who to make great clubs for.

Almost every level of golfer will appreciate the Rogue –a game improvement iron that looks and swings more like a players club. Anyone, using clubs more than just a few years old, will see a considerable boost in distance, feel, and forgiveness, over their current set, with the standard Rogues.

Professional golfers, under the Callaway label, will enjoy the playability, exceptional distance, and forgiveness of the Rogue Pro – a tour-level iron with game improvement features.

With the Rogue X, Callaway created a club for the golfer looking for extreme distance.  While these clubs may not offer as much feel as the standard Rogue, many of you will happily take that tradeoff for the extra distance.

Overall, The Rogue, Rogue Pro, and Rogue X offer exceptional performance at a great price, and the Callaway name to boot.

Rogue Iron Game

The question of who will be providing color commentary over the World Feed provided by CrossFit has been answered. Rogue Fitness will have a team of analysts calling the action of the events during the 2019 CrossFit Games. On top of that, Rogue will launch its new live show, The Rogue Iron Game, providing analysis between the action.

Experienced commentators Sean Woodland and Chase Ingraham will lead the event commentary and will join athletes like Dan Bailey, Annie Sakamoto and more to break down the action.

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After the Games, the Iron Game will continue with episodes featuring athlete interviews, breaking down the action from numerous strength sports like CrossFit, Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, Strongman and more.

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Regardless of whether you purchase anything through Rogue, we appreciate your support and will continue to bring you the best in competitive fitness!

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Callaway Rogue, Rogue Pro, Rogue X irons

Club: Callaway Rogue, Rogue Pro, Rogue X irons
Price: Rogue is $899.99 for steel shafts or $999.99 for graphite; Rogue Pro is $999.99 in steel; Rogue X is $899.99 in steel or $999.99 graphite
Specs: Cast stainless steel with tungsten insert and internal urethane microspheres
Available: Feb. 9

Thanks to a new cup-face design and the use of a new material inside each head, the Callaway Rogue iron family is designed to deliver more distance with enhanced feel and sound.

The Scoop
The new iron family replaces the XR Steelhead irons in the company’s lineup. Callaway says the new faces deliver more distance than an updated XR style could have provided.

“We have been very successful creating more ball speed throughout the range of lofts in an iron set using face-cup technology,” said Alan Hocknell, Callaway’s senior vice president of research and development. “We make an iron in two pieces, with one side being the body and hosel and the other is the face cup. The face cup allows us control of the thickness of the face and the radius of the edge of the face on the topline and the sole. By controlling that thickness more exactly and using techniques like laser welding to put these clubs together, we can really control how high the COR (coefficient of restitution, or springiness) is and push it up to the limit of the rules.”

With the Rogue irons, Callaway’s face has a different thickness pattern that Hocknell says is more energetic, resulting in more ball speed, especially on mis-hits low in the face.

Callaway Rogue iron family

Inside all the Rogue irons are thousands of urethane microspheres that absorb vibration but allow the face to flex at impact. (Callaway Golf)

Thin-faced irons such as the Rogue can create excessive vibrations along with loud, tinny sounds at impact. To enhance the sound and feel of the Rogue irons without impeding the face deflection that boosts distance, Callaway filled the empty chamber between the cup face and the chassis with urethane microspheres.

“We are effectively filling the lower-half of the cavity with a material that is basically a soft urethane,” Hocknell said. “It’s softer than the material that is used to cover our golf balls. But we’ve made that material porous by filling it with thousands and thousands of microscopic glass spheres.”

Callaway Rogue iron

Callaway Rogue iron (David Dusek/Golfweek)

Hocknell said that by putting the urethane inside the glass spheres, it allows the face to flex at impact and generate ball speed. Unwanted vibrations are soaked up, shortening the duration of the sound, lowering its pitch and its loudness.

To lower the center of gravity and make it easier to hit shots higher, Callaway added tungsten weights to the body of the Rogue irons. Each weight is metal injection molded (MIM) to fit in the head of a specific club.

Callaway Rogue Pro irons

Callaway Rogue Pro irons (David Dusek/Golfweek)

The Rogue Pro irons have the same features found in the standard Rogue irons, but they are packed into a more compact head that has a slightly shorter blade length and less offset, along with a narrower sole and thinner topline.

For golfers who unapologetically want to hit the ball farther, Callaway also offers the Rogue X irons.

Callaway Rogue X irons

Callaway Rogue X irons (David Dusek/Golfweek)

Based on the Epic Star irons that started in Japan and came to the United States last summer, Rogue X irons are lighter, longer and their lofts are strengthened compared to the standard Rogue. This version also has a wider sole and larger head, which allowed engineers to drive down the center of gravity to help create a higher launch angle. While the lofts of the Rogue X are stronger than the lofts of the standard Rogue irons, and the 4-6 iron come longer than standard length, the Rogue X produces nearly identical trajectories as the standard Rogue.

“Essentially, it allows us to take loft away without losing launch angle,” Hocknell said. “We can do it in a lighter configuration. Each Rogue X is about 10 grams lighter through the set.”

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Callaway Rogue & Rogue X Irons Review – Affordable Performance

Callaway Rogue Irons Review

In this review, I’ll take a close look at the Callaway Rogue and Rogue X irons.

Callaway claims that the Rogue is their best combination of distance, accuracy, and playability ever. It costs only 3 figures for a set, when seemingly every other recent iron set costs well over $1000 or even $2000 or more.

The Rogue iron has a multi-material construction and features Callaway’s latest technologies including the 360 Face Cup, VFT, and urethane microspheres.

How does the Rogue iron perform at the end of the day? What kind of golfer is it best suited for? Is it worth putting these in your bag?

Read on to find out what you need to know to make an informed decision.

What are the reviews like?

Rogue Irons

The Rogue irons have had an excellent reception from consumers and critics alike, and much of this is due to the performance versus value factor.

They have average scores of 4.5/5 on Amazon, 4.9/5 on Global Golf, and 4.8/5 (96% recommended) on the Callaway website.

Critics have also rated the Rogue positively, but slightly less so, perhaps because they’re not taking the price into account as much.

What People Like

  • easy to hit and get up in the air
  • a lot of distance
  • excellent forgiveness
  • straight or slight draw bias
  • very affordable

What People Don’t Like

  • the stronger lofts can be problematic for some
  • feel is a bit clicky and could be better

Rogue X Irons

Callaway Rogue Irons Review - Rogue X Irons

The Rogue irons have also been received very positively, although perhaps slightly less so than the standard Rogue.

They have scores of 5/5 on Global Golf, 4.3/5 on Amazon, and 4.8/5 (96% recommended) on the Callaway website.

The likes and dislikes of the Rogue X are similar to the Rogue, except for the fact that the distances are longer thanks to the lower CG and stronger lofts. This definitely isn’t for everyone, but under the right conditions, it can be a great boon.

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What are the features?

Callaway attempts to deliver what people want in a good iron like high COR, ball speed, and launch, without any of the negatives. They do this through the following technologies:

Variable Face Thickness (VFT)

VFT changes the thickness of the face so that it optimizes face flex and produces maximum ball speeds across the face.

360 Face Cup

The Face Cup employs a shallow, flexible rim around the perimeter of the face that flexes and releases at impact, thus increasing ball speeds and distance.

In combination with the VFT, you get more ball speed and distance than previous offerings like the X2 Hot.

Tungsten Weighting

Callaway is able to precisely position the center of gravity (CG) in each iron by using tungsten weighting. Tungsten is twice as heavy as steel and allows for a lot of mass in a small area.

The result is optimal launch and control at each separate loft.

Urethane Microspheres

Also featured in the Rogue irons are urethane microspheres.

While a thin clubface can produce more ball speed and distance, it can also result in a lot of vibration and a poor feel at impact.

Urethane has been used in the past to dampen vibrations and improve sound and feel, but the downside to this is that it reduces the coefficient of restitution (COR) and ball speed.

This is what led Callaway to create proprietary elastic urethane microspheres, which effectively provide the benefits of urethane without the drawbacks of reduced COR.

Rogue X

The Rogue X is lighter in weight, longer in length, and has stronger lofts than the Rogue. The end result is a lower and deeper CG for higher launch and longer carry.

Stock Info

There are many set configurations to choose from, from the 3-iron all the way to the sand wedge and everything in between. A common choice is the 5-PW set.

For the Rogue, the stock steel shaft is the True Temper XP 95 Stepless, while the stock steel shaft for the Rogue X is the KBS MAX 90. The stock graphite shaft is the Aldila Synergy 60IR.

The stock grip is the Lamkin Z5 CHEV 51G. However, there are many different shafts and grips you can choose from.

If you’re interested, full information on shafts, grips and their specs can be found on the CGPO website.

Below are the specs of the Rogue irons. Click or zoom to enlarge.

Callaway Rogue Irons Review - Specs

Below are the specs of the Rogue X irons. Notice the stronger lofts.

Callaway Rogue Irons Review - Rogue X Specs

How do the Rogue irons perform?


The COR of the Rogue irons is said to be about 0.835, which is on par with drivers.

All things considered, distance is very solid, and in comparison with previous iron offerings from Callaway (like the XR), I found that the Rogue irons produce more ball speed and a higher ball flight, resulting in softer and more controlled landings into the greens.

To me, this is what you want in an iron, and the Rogue does a great job of delivering it.

As you would expect, the Rogue X irons are even longer, with stronger ball flights.


Despite the fairly strong lofts, the Rogue irons tended to produce a mid-high ball flight with a slight draw bias during my testing. I also found it easy to get the long irons up in the air.

As I mentioned above, it’s not difficult to carry trouble and land balls relatively softly onto the greens.

Surprisingly, the trajectory for the Rogue X irons wasn’t much lower despite the stronger lofts, but this is perhaps due to my medium swing speed.


It can be tempting to think that the latest technologies that produce fast ball speeds will also improve forgiveness, but does this actually pan out?

Indeed. It turns out that forgiveness on off-center hits is excellent, perhaps even at the same level as other game-improvement irons that are a lot more expensive. Slight mis-hits hardly went off line or lost distance at all.


The workability of the Rogue irons is decent. I was certainly able to flight my ball to an extent, but if you’re looking for workability, you should probably looked at forged players solutions.

In general, the Rogue X irons are less workable.

What about look, sound & feel?

The Look

Callaway Rogue Irons Review - Irons 3

The Rogue is a game-improvement iron, and as such, there is a good amount of offset, and the top line is quite thick. I’m personally not a big fan of thick top lines, but it does serve its purpose.

The Rogue iron also looks quite compact at address, which will surely appeal to many. In short, it has that “stocky and chunky” look.

I do really like the sharp badge design, which has mild colours and looks great in the bag. The Rogue X looks nearly the same except for some darker shades and the “X” underneath the Rogue logo.

The Sound & Feel

All things considered, Callaway has done a great job in making the Rogue iron feel as good as possible with a thin face.

The urethane microspheres make a clear difference — at impact, the iron still feels and sounds a little clicky, but there’s a firmness to it that makes it more than acceptable. I think the sound is great too.

With that said, there were a few times during my tests where the Rogue iron felt a little dead on impact. I’m not completely sure why; it could be because of the location of the strike.

As for the mis-hit feedback, it’s very good for a GI iron. You can easily tell when you hit on or off the center of the face, but you can’t feel much more beyond that unless you hit a horrible shot on the toe or off the hosel.

Where should I buy these irons online?

The Rogue irons are more than a couple seasons old now, so they’re no longer available for custom order on the official Callaway website.

However, you can find some pretty decent savings for it on top of its already affordable price.

To get the best savings on both the Rogue and Rogue X, I recommend looking at Callaway Golf Pre-Owned or picking up a heavily discounted set (new or used) on eBay. You can also look at Amazon and Global Golf.


Classification: Game-Improvement

Best suited for: Mid to high handicappers looking for a great game-improvement iron at an affordable price

The Rogue iron is a quality game-improvement offering from Callaway that packs a lot of value for the price.

It delivers excellent distance, great accuracy and forgiveness, an easy launch, and impressive sound and feel, with options for ladies as well.

This iron is a must-try for players who want an iron with game-improvement performance without paying $1000+ for a set.

If you value a lot of distance in your iron and you have a swing speed in the slow to medium range, give the Rogue X a try.

Get the Rogue irons at great prices here

Thanks for reading this review. Have you tried the Rogue irons? Feel free to leave a comment below with your thoughts and experiences.

Callaway Rogue Iron

Callaway Rogue Iron


  • Easy to get up in the air
  • Great distance & ball flight
  • Great forgiveness & playability
  • Excellent value for money


  • the feel could still be better
  • the irons look pretty chunky
  • some people might not like the stronger lofts



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