Callaway Rogue ST LS 3-Wood Review
A Fairway Wood Also Benefits from Low Spin
I played 6 rounds of golf with the Callaway Rogue ST LS 3-wood in my bag. It is glued hosel, weight forward, compact 3-wood. The LS version offers low spin which certainly benefits golfers that put too much spin on their 3-woods. I was also able to hit it on my FlightScope Xi Tour Launch Monitor to collect shot data. I have over 10 years of experience testing and reviewing golf clubs.
Here is my overall experience and thoughts on this 3-wood.
Low Spin always seems to be reserved for drivers. Most companies have a standard version and a lower spinning version. However, when it comes to fairway woods, they tend to offer less options and almost never a low spin model. While 3-woods can be a fickle club for many golfers, if you have don’t have any problems launching a 3-wood, low spin will help your game. The Callaway Rogue ST LS is an ideal combo of compact, low spin, long and forgiving. It is one of the longest 3-woods I’ve hit and can bomb it off the tee, while still hitting accurate approach shots into greens.
The Callaway Rogue ST LS 3-wood is a glued hosel fairway wood which allows them to move additional discretionary weight around in the head. They moved almost all the weight to the front of the sole for lower launch and lower spin. While this will harm some golfers that have problems getting lift on their 3-wood. However if that isn’t your concern, this club is a cannon because of the forward CG. The gold tungsten bar and screw weight move everything forward for some of the lowest numbers I’ve seen in a 3-wood.
The Callaway Rogue ST LS 3-wood has Flash Face SS22 which means it is hot, especially paired with Jail break batwing technology; the ball bounds off the face. It is surprisingly forgiving for such a compact head and low spin combo. The face and jailbreak batwings mean you can miss the center and still get great results. I have actually found low spin models to go less off-line than higher spinning models. The ball tends to follow the face angle more than the path. If the ball is going right because of face angle, it at least won’t go further right because of spin. While this doesn’t help everyone, nor will it necessarily correct any flaws, but I find it to be more accurate with spin reduction.
The Callaway Rogue ST LS 3-wood is an absolute beast on the course. My very first hit with this club was off the fairway. It was a long par 5 that I was just trying to stay short of the water which fronted the green. I pulled out my laser which said 270 yard to the stakes. I took a nice easy swing, only to watch the ball launch perfectly straight and bounce into the water. I was shocked. I checked it 3 more times with my laser to be certain. The repeated theme from then on out was how long with 3-wood is. It is surpsingly easy to hit, but does tend to favor the right side. I’m not saying you can’t hook this club, but it certainly resists going left. This is a “players” combo of a 3-wood if I’ve ever seen one. The sole is nicely rounded for easy turf interaction. It is compact, but still set up nicely behind the ball on a tee. My Flightscope numbers show that this club can bomb it, which was duplicated round after round on the course.
My Callaway Rogue ST LS came paired with a Mitsubishi Tensei Blue AV 75g shaft. This combo is very smooth, with a nice mid launch and offers a very repeatable feel. The combo compliment each other nicely. If you wanted to go even lower spin, you could do the Tensei White which comes stock.
Callaway Rogue ST LS 3-Wood Stats
Data from Flightscope Xi Tour Launch Monitor
➜ Spin: 2486 rpms
➜ Launch Angle: 14.1*
➜ Dispersion: 4.5 yds
➜ Club Head Speed: 100.0 mph
➜ Ball Speed: 143.9 mph
➜ Total Distance: 257.1 yds
➜ Carry Distance: 242.8 yds
The Callaway Rogue ST LS 3-wood isn’t necessarily for everyone, (by design) but for the better golfer who can launch the ball, this club can bomb it. The LS combo with Flash Face and Jail Break means this compact 3-wood is one of the longest and lowest spinning 3-woods on the market. I even found it rather forgiving because of these features and low spin means it didn’t go as far offline for me. I’m impressed by this combo because of its length and accuracy.
For more information: Callaway Website
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