What it does: This family, with four versions and a loft range that stretches to the 8-hybrid, is all about chasing speed and distance. Callaway says the new Rogue ST goes an extra 3.2 metres compared to the company’s Mavrik. It accomplishes these feats thanks to an enhanced “Jailbreak” technology, a construction that uses heel and toe braces within the head and directly behind the face. Those braces join the crown and sole to concentrate more flexing across a wider portion of the face. There’s also room now for 18 grams of tungsten to be placed in the toe to improve overall stability on off-centre hits.
Why we like it: Whether it’s underwhelming Dwayne Johnson action movies on Netflix or the menu at The Cheesecake Factory, too many choices is a very modern problem for consumers. More options are better with this line, the largest of any company in the business. The Pro has a fairway-wood shape and a shallow face to allow for workability; the Max has the same slightly stronger lofts but extra forgiveness for those who need a bit more distance, and the Max OS and Max OS Lite provide the most benefits for golfers with moderate swing speeds in terms of launch and distance.
Lofts 18, 20, 23, 26 (max/pro); 19, 21, 24, 27, 30, 33, 36 (max os/max os lite)
“Straight ball flight. Never have any trouble getting it into the air. Super stable and incredibly easy to hit. I don’t get any dragging through the turf.”