Review of the Callaway Rogue Fairway Woods and Hybrids

Callaway Rogue Fairway Woods and Hybrids Review

Drivers are “the” club that gets all the attention.  

Just like the 90s commercial said, chicks dig the long ball.  

However, nothing demoralizes an opponent like consistently hitting Par-5s in two.  

While a big drive contributes to this cause, many times it’s the fairway woods or hybrids that sets up your eagle putt.  

A while ago, half joking, Phil Mickelson asked Callaway if they could put “Jailbreak” into a fairway wood.  

His sponsors did him one better and not only added it to an extensive selection of Rogue Fairway Woods but, also to their entire line of Rogue Hybrids as well.  

Callaway Rogue Hybrid Toe

Key Features of Both the Rogue Fairway Woods and Rogue Hybrids

All-in-all, with just a few slight variations, the Rogue fairway woods, and Rogue Hybrids, share many of the same key features.

Jailbreak Technology

Just as in the Rogue Driver, Callaway employs their “Jailbreak” technology in both the Rogue line of fairway woods and hybrids.

Callaway came up with the moniker “Jailbreak” thanks to the two internal vertical bars that join the heel and sole (picture prison bars), and serve to stiffen the face on impact.

The stiffer body improves energy transfer to the ball and increases distance.

Triaxial Carbon Crown

For the Rogue crown engineers used Triaxial Carbon – a material that’s sixty-five percent lighter than titanium.

The ultra-light carbon composite facilitates faster swing speeds and improved M.O.I. by letting designers push extra weight to the outer edges of the club.

Face Cup Technology

Through extensive testing, Callaway engineers have pinpointed 107 unique impact locations on the clubface and determined which areas suffer the least and the most stress on contact.

This new data allowed them to create a selectively thinned out clubface which flexes more on impact, improves ball speed, and therefore increases distance.

Internal Standing Wave Technology

Internal Standing Wave technology allowed engineers to position the CG low and forward with incredible precision. This promotes the rare combination of high-launch and low-spin.

Aero Package

Aerodynamic design improves airflow and increases swing speed.

Callaway Rogue Fairway Woods Review

Callaway Rogue Fairway Woods Review

Pros

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    Available in a Wide Variety of Lofts
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    Comes in Both Standard or Rogue Sub Zero Fairway Versions
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    Exceptionally Long and Forgiving

Cons

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    Nonadjustable hosel
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    Fixed CG weight
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    Some Might Find them Pricey

The Rogue Fairway Wood Player's Test

Looks - The Rogue fairway woods feature the classic rounded Callaway head and the ever-present guide “V” on the crown.


A blueish-gray sole, with teal-blue accents, replaces the black with green accents bottom of the Epics.


The Rogue’s head also conforms to other recent Callaway woods with a flatter profile and longer face from toe to heel.


Feel - For the Rogue woods, Callaway managed to shave a little weight off the already trim Epics, which in turn provides a kind of “swings itself,” whip-type feel.


Performance - Early testing indicates that the “Jailbreak” and “Face Cup” technologies perform as advertised.


As expected, the new Rogue fairway woods play long and straight, even on mild to moderate mishits.

Rogue fairway woods also come in a Sub Zero edition aimed at lower handicappers and professionals who could benefit from a low spin head design.

Callaway Rogue Sub Zero Fairway Woods Review

For the Sub Zero, Callaway moved the lone CG weight forward from the back of the sole where it resides on the standard model.

This promotes low spin and high launch for players who don’t need help getting the ball in the air, and don’t have slice and hook concerns.

Callaway Rogue Hybrids Review

Callaway Rogue Hybrid Review

Pros

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    Come in a Wide Variety of Custom Shafts and Grips at no Extra Charge
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    Comes in both Standard or Rogue X Versions
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    Offered in Lofts from 2H to 11H

Cons

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    Nonadjustable hosel
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    Fixed CG weight
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    Some Might Find them Pricey

The Rogue Hybrid Player's Test

Looks - The Rogue Hybrids use the same color scheme as their Driver and fairway woods counterparts. A high square toe promotes confidence and gives them a bit of a "hammer" look.


The Rogue X version has a slightly larger head, measuring longer from heel to toe and front to back, than the standard Rogue.


Feel - Both versions feel exceptionally light. The hammer-like square head provides solid sound and satisfying feedback on contact.


Performance - It’s still early performance wise but, reviews indicate that the Rogue Hybrids could win their class for 2018 in both the distance and forgiveness categories.

Callaway Rogue X Hybrid Review

The Rogue is a Clear Upgrade from Last Year’s Epic Fairways and Hybrids

Callaway fairway woods and hybrids have always been top of the line clubs dating back to the first s2h2 metal woods.

Last year’s Great Big Bertha Epics were one of the most popular and most playable lines of clubs ever.

While the Rogues and Epics share most of the same key technologies, the addition of “Jailbreak” gives the Rogues a decided advantage in the distance category.

The chart below lists some of the key features, as well as the key differences of both the woods and hybrids.

Rogue Fairway

Epic Fairway

Epic Sub Zero Fairway

Adjustability

None

None

Yes

Yes

Launch

Medium

Medium

Low

Low

Spin

High

Medium

High

Low

CG Weight

Rear

Front

None

Front

Loft Options

3-7,9 ,11

3, 3+, 5

3, 3+, 5-7, 9

3, 3+, 5

Availability

Epic Hybrid

Epic Star Hybrid

Adjustability

None

None

Yes

Yes

Launch

Medium

Medium

High

Medium

Spin

High

Medium

Medium

Low

CG Weight

None

None

Front

Front

Loft Options

2H – 6H

3H – 8H

2H – 5H

4H – 8H

Availability

Are the Rogue Fairway Woods and Hybrids the best on the market?

Like Callaway, the next two major brands –TaylorMade and Titleist – each makes different versions, of their fairway woods and hybrids, for varying levels of players.

The TaylorMade M3 Fairway, M4 Fairway, and M4 Tour fairway woods, and the TaylorMade M3 Hybrid and M4 Hybrid, (or “trouble woods” as they like to call them), offer similar distance and forgiveness technologies as the Rogues but also possess a higher level of flexibility thanks to an adjustable hosel and a sliding CG weight.  For a full review of the TaylorMade M3 & M4 Fairways click here.  If you’re interested in the M3 & M4 hybrids, you can check out our full review here.

Titleist also makes two versions of their woods and hybrids - the Titleist 917F2 Fairway and 917F3 Fairway woods, and the Titleist 818H1 Hybrid and 818H2 Hybrid – with the 917F2s and 818H1s geared towards the general public, and the 917F3s and 818H2s more pro friendly.

Like the Rouge X, the Titleist 818H1 sports a larger fairway-wood look, while the 818H2s have the more typical hybrid profile.

The Titleist fairway woods and hybrids use an interesting “AA” battery shaped reversible CG weight for draw and fade correction or implementation. All four also come with Titleist’s SureFit Hosel that features sixteen unique loft and lie settings.  You can read our full Titleist 818 Hybrid review here.

If you really want a deeper discussion on the best game improvement fairway woods, our guide to the best fairway woods for beginners in 2018 is a good read.  Also if you are in the market for a new hybrid, head on over to our best hybrids of 2018 article.

The Rogue Sub Zero Fairways rank at the top of fairway woods for good players.  Especially players needing to reduce spin.  Check out the rest of the best fairway woods of 2018 for better players.

Callaway Rogue Hybrid Address

Which One is Right for Me?

As with the Rogue Driver (check out our full review here), Callaway designed the standard Rogue Fairway woods for the majority of players and the Rogue Sub Zero Fairway Woods for professionals to low handicappers.

Rogue Sub Zero Fairway

Adjustability

None

None

Distance

Exceptional

Exceptional

Forgiveness

Exceptional

Average

Workability

Minimal

Average

Loft Options

3-7,9 ,11

3, 3+, 5

Availability

In general, for the hybrids, the more substantial profile Rogue X Hybrid will work best for mid to high handicappers.

Better players, who prefer a smaller iron-like head, will opt for the standard Rogue Hybrids.

Adjustability

None

None

Distance

Exceptional

Exceptional

Forgiveness

Average

Exceptional

Workability

Average

Minimal

Loft Options

2H – 6H

3H – 8H

Availability

The Bottom Line

Last year it looked as if the GBB Epics would dominate the golf world for a long time to come.


But, with the addition of Jailbreak, the new Rogues take the top spot as Callaway’s flagship line of woods and hybrids.


While they lack the flexibility of an adjustable hosel or interchangeable CG weights, they do provide what players crave – long and straight ball flight.


Golfers, looking to shave strokes and up their enjoyment of the game, should look no further than the Callaway Rogue fairway woods and hybrids.

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