REVIEW: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero Driver

Rogue Is the Next Evolution in Callaway Drivers
The Callaway Epic driver was just that EPIC.  In terms of sales and performance, the Epic driver was a massive success.  Jail Break technology was proven to be legit, and golfers everywhere were loving the results.  The follow up model the Rogue isn’t as ground breaking as the Epic driver was, but more of a refinement or evolution of the driver. If you are looking for low spin, fast ball speeds and great feel, then Rogue is still going to fit that bill, even with a few tweaks from the Epic.  The Rogue Sub Zero offers just enough evolutionary changes that make it a worthy successor to the Epic throne.
I gamed the Callaway Epic Sub Zero  driver for most of 2017 with great success.  The Callaway Rogue Sub Zero had huge shoes to fill.  Much of what made the Epic a great fit was kept in the Rogue line; Jail Break, Sub Zero, composite crown, Speed Step Aerodynamics and adjustability.  The changes are subtle with a revamps sole, a different feel, improved Jail Break and different stock shaft.  They also shifted the color,(which has no impact on performance) to a teal.  The Project X EvenFlow is also the new main off the rack stock shaft.

The Callaway Rogue Sub Zero is lower spin than the Epic driver.  I was able to put the weight in back and get the spin as the weight in the front for the Epic.  This lower spin rate with the weight back also means more forgiveness without sacrificing distance.  I also think some of the low spin was shaft related.  The Project X EvenFlow is lower spin than the Fujikura Pro shaft in the Epic.  The spin reduction isn’t huge, but a few RPMs here or there are helpful.

The other noticeable change is the sound.  The Callaway Rogue is a little more crisp feeling than the Epic was.  The crisp feeling comes mainly from the EvenFlow blue shaft, since I put the Fujikura Pro shaft in the Rogue which reduced the crisp, but also the sole’s plastic foils compared to the composite panels in the Epic.  Feel is about preference and sound so it isn’t harsh or loud, just not as muted as the Epic was.

Flightscope Xi Tour Launch Monitor

Callaway Rogue Sub Zero Driver

  • Spin: 1903 rpms
  • Launch Angle: 14.6*
  • Dispersion: 6.0 yds
  • Club Head Speed: 108.0 mph
  • Ball Speed: 162.0 mph
  • Total Distance:  298.1 yds
  • Carry Distance:  276.4 yds

The Callaway Rogue Sub Zero hit some of the longest drives I’ve ever hit.  I had numerous drives that broke the 300 yard mark, one pushing 342.  While the Epic driver was similar in results, the Rogue seemed to have just a little more juice and roll, especially as the ground starts to firm up.  I think the slightly lower launch helped get even a little more out of the roll.  It wasn’t way lower, just slightly lower flight on most drives.  My on course play was still very confident and consistent.

The Callaway Rogue is a great driver, it isn’t light-years ahead of the Epic but simply the next evolution in Callaway driver technology starting with the X Hot.  If you are currently playing an Epic, you might be able to squeak out an extra yard or so, but don’t expect a big difference.  It will feel a little crisper so depending on your preference, and there are some different shaft choices that might also fit your swing better.  The Rogue Sub Zero is a low spin monster in the evolution of Callaway drivers.

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Quick Hits:
+Jail Break technology is real
+Fastest ball speeds
+Amazing forgiveness
+Crisp feel
+New “stock” shaft options
+LONG