Cost: $719.99. Tested by: Jimmy Emanuel, Golf Aus­tralia Writer (GA Handicap 9.4)

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Jimmy Emanuel gets his hands on the Call­away Rogue driver fam­ily. Find out which model will suit you best.

MOD­ELS PLAYED: Rogue with 9° loft, fit­ted with Project Hzr­dus shaft, Rogue Sub Zero with 9° loft, fit­ted with Project X Even Flow shaft and Rogue Draw with 10.5° loft, fit­ted with Aldila Syn­ergy shaft. FIRST IM­PRES­SIONS: Putting the Rogue driver down at ad­dress for the first time I im­me­di­ately no­ticed the in­creased foot­print com­pared to the Epic, with its larger ap­pear­ance in­spir­ing con­fi­dence and an al­most can’t-miss feel­ing. The Draw model pos­sesses the same con­fi­dence-boost­ing look, while the Sub Zero fea­tures a more com­pact ap­pear­ance that is also slightly open and is closer to my per­sonal pref­er­ence.

Sim­i­larly to the no­tice­able ap­pear­ance changes from the Epic mod­els, the sound of all three Rogue driv­ers was louder to my ear, re­sult­ing in a more pow­er­ful and firmer feel off the club­face. The Sub Zero again was my pick in this re­gard, due to its slightly more solid feel. HOW THEY PER­FORMED: The ball flight of all three driv­ers set to the same loft were as ex­pected, with the Sub Zero con­sis­tently the low­est, the stan­dard Rogue next and the Draw the high­est fly­ing. The Sub Zero’s pen­e­trat­ing flight was par­tic­u­larly strong in windy con­di­tions but the stan­dard model was not launch­ing way up in the air for me by any means, and was within a me­tre or two of the Sub Zero in terms of dis­tance on sim­i­lar strikes.

With my look and feel pref­er­ences lead­ing me to be­lieve the Sub Zero would be the pick for me from the out­set, I was pleas­antly sur­prised at how well the Rogue stan­dard per­formed for me again and again dur­ing my test­ing.

The flight, while higher, was strong and straight, with a very slight draw on oc­ca­sion, and my mis-hits man­aged to find a few more fair­ways with less dis­tance loss than with the Sub Zero. In ad­di­tion to be­ing eas­ier to hit, the stan­dard driver was also long in calm con­di­tions, best­ing the Sub Zero on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions, al­beit by a small amount, and could be made to fade and draw when re­quired with­out too much ma­nip­u­la­tion.

De­spite not be­ing con­sis­tently much longer for me, as I sus­pected might have been the case prior to hit­ting any shots, the Sub Zero im­pressed me with its slight fade ball flight, look and feel as

well as more for­giv­ing per­for­mance than is typ­i­cal of many low-spin mod­els. It also pro­duced the ma­jor­ity of my stand­out drives dur­ing test­ing that jumped off the face and seemed to stay in the air for­ever. Un­like the Epic mod­els, the Sub Zero is the only model to fea­ture ad­justable weight­ing, with two small weights of­fer­ing spin and launch changes. Mov­ing the heav­ier weight to the back, I no­ticed a frac­tion­ally higher flight but more left and right move­ment in the air when slightly mis-hit, prompt­ing me to leave the heavy weight at the front in the more for­ward CG po­si­tion.

Al­though not de­signed for my game, and my typ­i­cal left miss with driver, the Draw does as its name sug­gests and never once moved left-toright in the air for me. In fact when test­ing the draw, I at­tempted to keep the face open to test the ef­fec­tive­ness of the weight­ing on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions and the ball still turned over slightly, or at worst stayed straight and slightly right of the tar­get.

Over­all, all three Rogue driv­ers im­pressed me in vary­ing ways that un­der­lined the range’s ap­peal to a wide spec­trum of play­ers.

The Draw does just that and is per­fectly suited to any player who fights a fade ball flight and is ex­tremely easy to hit.

The stan­dard model stood out for its com­bi­na­tion of for­give­ness and dis­tance, mak­ing it a per­fect driver for the ma­jor­ity of golfers. The larger look at ad­dress and more pow­er­ful sound took a lit­tle get­ting used to, but even­tu­ally gave me added con­fi­dence to swing with free­dom know­ing the for­give­ness of the head would look af­ter me if I didn’t make my best swing.

De­spite al­most be­ing swayed by the stan­dard model’s all-round per­for­mance, the Sub Zero was my pick of the three mod­els. The slightly firmer feel than the Epic Sub Zero is an im­prove­ment for mine and the pen­e­trat­ing ball flight suited my eye per­fectly.

While the Rogue mod­els didn’t dra­mat­i­cally ex­ceed the Epic and Epic Sub Zero in dis­tance for me, the added for­give­ness makes them a more friendly op­tion that gives noth­ing away in other key per­for­mance ar­eas.

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