Over the past four years, I have seen it all. Drivers that were fast, stable, responsive, launched high, helped a slice, and all the other things.
HOWEVER, I have yet to see a Driver line-up that offered world-class speed and the structure to create a stable face. Think of F1 racing for a minute; in that arena, it’s not the pursuit of all-out speed that makes a car great. It’s about fine-tuning every inch of that car to handle speed in any condition.
There is typically a trade-off when you make HOT clubs. It’s either a heavy sacrifice in spin (IE Control) or head and face stability. We have always made HOT drivers, but the balance between all-out speed and control was hit or miss with every launch.
Now we land on the Rogue ST Max. Of the four-driver heads we offer this year, the Max head is the fastest of the bunch I tested. In the video, you will see that I clip 160-161 in bag speed a few times, and to be honest, that test was in the morning in December, and the ball wasn’t flying. Traditionally I live anywhere from the high 150’s-low 160’s on a cold day (like that one) and 165+ in what I call dome weather.
In my testing over the past month, the Rogue ST Max outperformed all of our heads in the speed category by 2-3 MPH with a max speed of 168MPH, which for me is humming.
The tungsten speed cartridge. In my mind, it is to control as jailbreak is to speed. The more I dig in on this one piece of innovation, the more excited I become. Even on TOUR, the players see it. “This thing is just so stable” is a phrase I have heard at nausea.
When you can harmonize that much stability with an already FAST face, the only result to really expect is high straight nasty bombs.
It may sound like all-out marketing babble, but I’ve done the testing. The Rogue ST Max produces fast, high, straight shots across the face and what I liked even more, was the spin out of the toe. My typical miss with the driver is high toe, where I can see dips in spin of up to 500-600RPMs. That’s a quick hook for me. With Rogue ST Max, my spin only dipped 200-300RPMs, and that’s with a CSX LS Ball!!
The face progression on this head also comes into play, and the head doesn’t over-rotate, which helps a ton with start lines. Draws need to start right and float left, and fades need to start left and float right. That’s ideal.
On-course testing proved to be the same for me, and what was fun was my ability to swing HARD (for me) and know that the club would hang in there, the big miss slowly melting away.
Jailbreak technology and the A.I-designed Flash Face also play a huge part, but to me, it’s all about that back cartridge. If I’m candid, I don’t think any of us knew just how much of a breakthrough that was until our staff started smacking these things around. At RSM, it was kind of an AHA moment; at least, that’s how it felt.
So who is my hypothetical Rogue ST Max Player?
In a broad sense, anyone, but to narrow it down, Rogue ST Max is designed for the player looking for speed AND faith.
What do I mean by faith?
It’s the ability to swing as hard as you want and “faith” that the head is so stable that no matter where you hit it on the face, the clubhead will respond and eliminate and or minimize “the big miss.” We all have one.
The Rogue ST MAX is the driver for the people. It covers a wide range of players from low handicaps to the high ones and of all the drivers in our line it is indeed the fastest (for me). I am astonished at how stable this head out of the heel (keeps spin down) and the toe (maintains spin)
It’s the first driver I have seen with this much speed AND stability.
Usually, you have to pick one, now you don’t.
When you dig into Rogue ST drivers I would encourage you to start here and work off of this to the other models, my hunch is for most players it will land in the bag.