One of the best selling drivers last year was the Callaway Rogue Ladies Driver. This club is advertised to be long, forgiving, and high launching. We did our own review of the Callaway Rogue to help give you a better understanding of this club and to see if it would be a good fit for you. Since the release of the Mavrik driver, the Callaway has dropped a bit in price, so if you have been on the fence now may be the right time to make the decision.
The most revolutionary technology in the Rogue Driver is the jailbreak bars. These are small bars installed on the inside of the clubface that help promote even higher ball speed. They do work. The Rogue is a long driver, and with the Triaxial Carbon Crown, you can swing this club faster than some of the other driver options on the market.
Another critical factor in driver distance is the moment of inertia. The shape and design of the Rogue driver is very aerodynamic. It helps not only to increase ball speed, but there is a great deal of stability and forgiveness as well. Any time the clubhead moves at impact, you could be looking at a mis-hit, but the Rogue is quite stable.
The Rogue Ladies driver comes standard with an Aldila Quaranta 40g graphite shaft. This is a lightweight and high launching shaft that is perfect for the mid to high handicap woman golfer. If you are a woman with a very high swing speed, you may need to look into a different shaft that is stiffer or potentially a bit heavier as well.
Another great thing about the Ladies Rogue Driver is the adjustability. You know how we feel about adjustability in a driver for women. Being able to change the loft up or down a few degrees is a great option depending on the course you are playing or how your swing is working at any given time.
An interesting thing that is working considering when it comes to the Rogue driver is that Callaway hired Boeing to work on this club. They wanted this to be one of the fastest most aerodynamic clubs on the market, and they felt Boeing could help them to accomplish this. Pretty exciting combination of top companies to create a great piece of equipment.
The Callaway Rogue Driver also comes in a draw model. Anytime you see a draw-biased club, it usually just means that the clubface is slightly closed. That shutting down of the clubface will help to reduce a slice for players that struggle with that. If you don’t slice the ball, you do not need the draw model.
As always, one of the most significant negatives on any of the new technology is going to be price. Callaway prices these drivers high and then takes a few years to drop them. Although the price on the Rogue has come down since its release, it will still cost you quite a bit. Don’t worry, we have an alternative, as long as you are replacing something that is more than a few years old.
Better Value Alternative
The Cleveland Launcher HB Driver is not a very well known or talked about model. We like this option if you are looking for a budget-friendly forgiving choice. The Cleveland Launcher HB used the HiBore technology to produce exceptional speed and distance. We won’t claim that this driver is longer than the Rogue, it is not. It is, however, just as forgiving, and the sound and feel is a bit better. If you struggle with launching the ball high enough, the Cleveland will likely win out over the Callaway as well.
Is The Rogue Ladies Driver a Good Buy?
The Callaway Rogue Ladies Driver is a better buy than it was last year, but in our opinion, it is still priced too high. The Rogue had some sound and feel issues that players were disappointed with. Those issues were addressed in the new Callaway Mavrik, but the Mavrik is even more expensive. The better option may be to wait for the Rogue to drop more (or find a used one) or wait until the Mavrik starts dropping. If you need an alternative right now, the Cleveland Launcher HB is certainly worth considering, extraordinarily forgiving and plenty long enough if you are upgrading from an older club.