Callaway Apex DCB Vs. Callaway Rogue ST Max Irons Comparison Overview
The Callaway Apex DCB’s are somewhat anomalous among irons that can be designated as game-improvement clubs. In fact, they are the only irons in the Apex line that can even be considered game-improvement irons.
We call them anomalous because they aren’t built in the typical manner of game-improvement irons. But do premium appointments really mean better performance for mid to high handicappers? To find out, we tested them against the Callaway Rogue ST Max irons.
Callaway Apex DCB Irons Overview
By far, the most stark difference between these two irons sets is the forged construction of the Apex DCB irons.
The Apex DCB irons have become known for having a soft, buttery feel and they did not disappoint on the fairway. These clubs feel amazing but they still give the forgiveness that mid to high handicappers will need.
The Tungsten energy core will help slower swing speed players get the distance they need, the cavity back design effectively increases MOI and the offset will impart a slight draw bias for players struggling against a slice. It should also be noted that the DCB’s have higher lofts than the Callaway Rogue ST Max so they tend to launch higher.
Callaway Rogue ST Max Irons Overview
Even with the lower lofts, the Callaway Rogue ST Max irons still manage to give the Apex DCB’s a run for their money in terms of apex height.
We were really impressed with the launch angles of the Callaway Rogue ST Max irons. The wide soles surely help – even though the 18.5 loft of the Callaway Rogue ST Max 4 iron is considerably lower than the 20 degree 4 iron of the Apex DCB set.
While the feel of the Callaway Apex DCB irons was much better than that of the Callaway Rogue ST Max irons, the Rogue’s played longer. The Rogues were also more forgiving with their larger heads and slightly longer blades.
However, if you are looking for the highest degree of forgiveness and launch, the Callaway Rogue ST Max OS model may be more fitting for you.
While the Callaway Apex DCB’s are the most forgiving, widest soled and largest head sized irons in the Apex family, the Callaway Rogue ST Max irons do distance and forgiveness better. The Apex DCB’s feel nicer but we think mid to high handicappers will benefit more from the Callaway Rogue ST Max irons.