What it does: When designing clubs for golfers who aren’t even qualifying for their club championship, let alone a tour event, every detail matters. For example: the centre of gravity is 50 percent lower than its predecessor to boost launch angle. A progressive hosel is longer in the long irons and shorter in the short irons. Why? More weight in the hosel helps the face rotate more easily, which less-skilled players need in their long irons, but not scoring clubs.
Why we like it: The Rogue ST Max is unabashedly about creating distance. Sure, the 41-degree pitching wedge leaves you shaking your head and thinking, Really? But this is not just a case of chasing distance through loft-jacking. The real boost comes from a springy 450 steel wraparound cupface designed with the use of artificial intelligence. A large wedge of tungsten is set low inside the clubhead and surrounded by a urethane compound. That compound is then impregnated with millions of microscopic spheres of air encased in small glass bubbles. The material is positioned in the iron up to the sixth scoreline on the face, in line with where most impacts occur, providing a cushy feel and still allowing the face to flex.
7-iron loft 27.5 degrees pw loft 41 degrees
“A perfect little click at impact. The ball certainly launches. They doubled the height of my average iron shot without sacrificing much distance.”
– Player comment