Best Callaway Irons: Rogue Irons
Callaway Rogue Irons are called ‘Rogue’ because they have a little bit of everything. They offer great forgiveness, durability, and a wide range of playability. Their combination of power and feel make them ideal for players with average or even slightly above-average size. A good player will probably never need to use their full potential, but if you do then these irons will allow you to reach your fullest potential.
The Callaway Rogue line was introduced in 1997. Since then, the company has been improving upon its original design every year. The latest version of the Rogue irons were released in 2011 and are known as the “Rookies”. These new models feature a lighter weight aluminum alloy construction which provides improved performance over previous versions. The Rooks are available in three different weights (55, 65, 75) with varying degrees of forgiveness at each weight level.
In addition to the new materials, Callaway has made some other changes to improve the overall feel of the irons. The first change is a slight increase in heel drop from the previous model. This makes it easier for smaller players to hit their shots off the tee without having to compensate as much when hitting into rough. Another improvement is a lower center of gravity which helps keep golfers more upright during swing and reduces backswing rotation.
The “Rookies” also feature a new type of groove design. Grooves are normally cut into the face of irons to help promote better ball spin and control, but this can sometimes create unwanted spin from the sides of the grooves. The latest groove design used on the Rookies is known as a “Venture” groove. It’s designed to eliminate all types of unwanted spin while still encouraging long, high speed ball spins for more distance and control.
Callaway’s “Rookies” come with a multi-material construction that allows for forgiveness without sacrificing feel and sound at impact. The inner core is titanium for greater strength while the outer layer is softer to dampen vibrations throughout the club head.
The “Rookies” are available in 9,P,5P,7P,SW.
Callaway Rogue Irons: The Rookies
As mentioned earlier, the “Rookies” were introduced in 2011. They were designed specifically for players with a handicap between 0 and 5. They are available in three different weights (55, 65, 75) and each version has a corresponding key number that describes their playability. For example, a 0 key number indicates the most forgiving iron in the set while a 5 key number indicates the least forgiving. The following table shows you the differences between each version and their respective key numbers.
The Rookies are made with a multi-material construction that allows for forgiveness without sacrificing sound and feel. The inner core is made of strong, flexible titanium which is then surrounded by softer layers of steel to help reduce vibrations at impact.
The “Rookies” are available in a wide selection of lofts so that golfers of all skill levels can get the most out of their game. The following table shows you the exact lofts available and what key number they fall under. As you probably already know, higher numbered irons are more difficult to hit.
Rookie (0-5) Rookies Iron Loft Lie Length Bounce Blade Length 54 71.5 35″ 2.5 42.375″ 55 71 35.5″ 2.6 42.625″ 56 70.5 35.25″ 2.7 42.875″ 57 70 35″ 2.8 43.125″ 58 69.5 34.75″ 2.9 43.375″ 59 70 34″ 3 43.75″ 60 69 34″ 3 43.75″
All of the “Rookies” come with a strong graphite-filled steel skeleton to maintain high strength while keeping the clubs light. The irons are then wrapped with high-density surlyn which gives them their firm feel at impact. Surlyn also helps to deaden sound and vibrations for a quieter club.
The “Rookies” are available in 9,P,5P,7P,SW,LW.
Sources & references used in this article:
Golf club iron set having graded face angles and weight distribution by RD Hirsch, RJ Liesz, M McClure, C Best – US Patent 5,375,840, 1994 – Google Patents
Golf club head with filled recess by CB Best – US Patent 6,835,144, 2004 – Google Patents
Multi-piece golf club head with improved inertia by CB Best – US Patent 7,244,188, 2007 – Google Patents
Set of golf club irons by CB Best – US Patent 6,743,114, 2004 – Google Patents
Golf club with improved weighting and vibration dampening by CB Best, WF Davidson – US Patent 6,045,456, 2000 – Google Patents