Getting optimum distance and feel from the same club has been a long scuffle of the golf-club manufacturers. Faster club-head speed is required for getting a longer distance and this is something which has long been understood. For getting this speed means a thin clubface.
Though this kind of face may lead to some problems. More vibrations are there on the impact as the face gets thinner which further leads to loss of feeling. In the lieu of getting more feel, softer materials could be added behind the face.
The speed of the swing is slowed down by that additional material resulting in loss of distance.
The engineers at Callaway have tried to bring a solution to this problem by searching for a material that could keep the impact soft without the loss of distance.
Way back in 2018, Callaway announced its magical material when it released its Rogue brand of irons.
This was later followed up by the Rogue X irons, which were created to go further.
Let us delve into the details to find the qualities along with a few key differences between both these sets.
COMPARING CALLAWAY ROGUE AND ROGUE X
1. Club Face
The Callaway Rogue irons share two similar things:
360 Face Cup
Variable Face Thickness Technologies.
The clubface features a rim around the face perimeter which flexes on the impact. With this, you get a bit of spring-effect thereby increasing distance. The loss of distance is reduced on off-center hits as the VFT is designed so.
Both of these – Callaway Rogue and Rogue X share similar club-face technologies. The design promisingly delivers greater distance.
When it comes to weighting then both the Rogue and Rogue X share a commonality that directly has an effect on the center of gravity. A correct launch angle is promoted by the clubhead with a lower center of gravity for an ideal ball flight for every club.
This all is made possible by Callaway with the help of Tungsten- a metal wire which is two times heavier than steel. The same weight in a tighter space is allowed by this.
Both the Rogue X and Rogue use tungsten in a twisted shape which offers accurate control over the center of gravity as claimed by the company.
This is referred to as the mystery material and according to the company, it minimizes vibration without sacrificing any distance.
Urethane is available in the form of microspheres which not only dampen sound but vibration too when the ball gets a strike by the clubface.
This is what Callaway has to say about these spheres:
Flattens under pressure.
Allows urethane to behave in a porous manner.
This provides compression and gives relative ease. The unwanted vibration is quietened without the face going slow.
Locating the right material was not the end of the procedure. The ideal positioning in the clubface had to be figured out by Callaway for the urethane-microspheres. After a lot of computer modeling along with testing the Callaway’s development team came up with a long, thin shape that covers the lower part of the clubface (20 %).
The required dampening is accomplished by the urethane microspheres without leaving an effect on the ball speed and COR- coefficient of restitution.
You must have come across this term COR earlier which is generally used in golf circles. In case you are not clear about its real meaning than just understand that this is a fancy term with a nearly simple meaning.
So, in simple words, the COR or coefficient of restitution is just the energy transfer from one object to another. The amount of energy that is imparted by you to the golf club is further transferred to the ball which in turn affects the speed of the ball (as you can imagine).
After reading all that they share, you must be thinking of how they differ then. The answer to this is their specifications namely the length and loft.
THE CALLAWAY ROGUE VS ROGUE X IRONS
This is clear from the charts given above that there lies a noteworthy difference in the club lengths and a sizeable difference in the lofts. Added distance is the result of this which is fairly straightforward to witness.
The swing’s arc is increased by the additional length of the club. Simply, the clubhead needs to travel far in a similar time length resulting in an increase in distance and club head speed alike.
The lesser the loft the greater will be the distance. The Rogue X set doesn’t comprise of a 3-iron whereas it comes with a 4-iron which is similar to that of the Rogue’s 3-iron along with a half-inch shorter shaft.
If it is about pro golf then lowering of the lofts on the clubs has been going on. If you ever come across any professional golfer and notice that he pulls out a 9-iron for a shot of 170-yard, then believe that this will certainly have a less loft as compared to yours.
Even the clubhead is also greater in comparison to the amateurs. Do these clubs prove of any worth for just scratch golfers, amateurs, or professionals? This question is something that really bothers some.
Undoubtedly, Callaway making use of any golfer’s desire for greater distance. You can check up with any golfer at any local driving range whether they prefer greater distance or greater control. Possibly by a great deal, the great distance would be the right winner.
More the distance more will be the increase in the lower scores.
For anyone having great difficulty while getting the ball airborne, the Rouge X may not be a suitable choice.
Despite the fact that there has been a lot of newest advances in the clubface design, Rogue X’s lower lofts do not make it a perfect choice for the high handicappers.