Callaway Rogue ST 2022 Irons Review – Are They Forgiving & Good for High Handicappers?

Callaway has revived the famed Rogue line and in many ways, the new Rogue ST 2022 Irons carry on the same spirit that drove the original Rogue irons.

Callaway Rogue ST Irons Overview

 In the 2022 iteration of the Rogue irons, Callaway sought to increase strength and round out iron performance.

First of all, it might be helpful to note that ST stands for Speed Tuned because this gives a huge clue as to what the design emphasis behind these irons was. You guessed it; speed!

It all starts with a new 450 grade steel face on all the models included in the new line. The 450 steel faces add stability and strength so they are more resilient on the impact rebound.

The result? Faster ball speeds. In the case of the Callaway Rogue ST irons, higher strength certainly does mean more speed and distance performance. Not only are the Callaway Rogue ST irons some of the longest irons Callaway produces; they are almost equally forgiving.

What we mean is that you won’t have to have a fast swing speed to unlock the ball speeds that these irons can generate. Speaking of forgiveness…

Are the Callaway Rogue ST Irons Forgiving?

Most of the models in the new Callaway Rogue ST line of irons are indeed built for forgiveness.

The Rogue ST Max OS Lite being the most forgiving in the bunch, of course. But to answer the question, ‘are the Callaway Rogue ST irons forgiving?’ plainly and in a general sense, yes they are forgiving.

The head shape of almost all the models in the line are longer and have pronounced soles that will make finding the sweet spot a lot easier. And while short-game performance isn’t at a premium in the Max models, they still help out around the pin a bit.

The high launch (even in the Max models) will help you get over hazards and land soft on the green. The best part about all that is that it’s very easy to achieve these ideal short-game launch angles.

Are Callaway Rogue ST Irons Good for Beginners and High Handicappers?

The Callaway Rogue ST irons continue the tradition of the original Rogue irons and that mission was to be accessible to high handicap players.

One thing we really liked after testing the Callaway Rogue ST line was that almost everyone in our test party was able to get in on the fun. All of the irons in the line save for the Callaway Rogue ST Pro’s deliver what beginners and high handicappers need: distance, forgiveness and high launch.

Should you Buy the Rogue ST or Big Berthas?

It’s really hard to argue against the Callaway Big Bertha irons – especially if the debate is about the best Callaway game-improvement irons.

Like the Callaway Rogue ST irons, the Big Bertha irons were designed to play long, be forgiving and generate high launch. That all being said, the argument can be made that the Big Berthas are too long.

We would actually recommend the Big Berthas to absolute beginners who need distance, pure and simple. There’s just no working the Big Berthas and short-game performance suffers.

The Callaway Rogue ST irons, while forgiving, offer a bit more accuracy around the pin with more dynamic face grooves and better spin control. So it really depends on the stage of your game’s development.

Callaway Rogue ST Irons

Category: Game Improvement – Player’s Performance

Callaway Rogue ST Irons First Impressions

The first thing we noticed about the Callaway Rogue ST irons is that they felt incredibly stable on full swings.

While high handicappers may not fully appreciate that benefit at first, it will certainly spoil them as they get better. The large head sizes of the Max models will be a bit off-putting for lower handicappers; but that is what the Pro line is for.

All of the Max models have a wide sole that you can see from point of address. Again this will look more comforting in the eyes of a beginner or high handicapper. Our testers also noted the near-effortless launch of almost all the irons in the set.

Callaway Rogue ST Selling Points

  • Up to 62 grams of tungsten weighting
  • 450 grade steel faces
  • Pronounced soles
  • I. designed Flash Face Cup design
  • Layers of urethane
  • Strong lofts

Who are the Callaway Rogue ST Irons for?

The Callaway Rogue ST irons are mostly for high handicappers. The three different Max models are certainly for beginner to intermediate players while the Pro model would be better for single-digit handicappers.

But don’t get the wrong idea. The three Callaway Rogue ST Max irons aren’t as beginner-friendly when compared to some other irons. Just like we explained when we compared them to the Big Bertha’s, the Callaway Rogue ST irons are just a bit more refined than your average distance/game-improvement irons.

While most of the Callaway Rogue ST iron family is focused on upping the ball speed of high handicap players, the Pro model has a lot to offer more skilled players. Speaking of the different Callaway Rogue ST models…

The Callaway Rogue ST Iron Family

Callaway Rogue ST Max

The Rogue ST Max irons have the heaviest tungsten weight (62 grams) of any other Rogue ST iron. The head is not quite as big as the other Max models so it sits somewhere between the Rogue ST Pro and the other two Rogue ST Max models.

Callaway Rogue ST Max OS

If you need a little bit of draw bias in your irons, the pronounced offset of the Max OS irons will be helpful for you. Compared to the Callaway Rogue ST Max irons, the Max OS’s also have slightly stronger lofts. As a result the Max OS irons are more forgiving out near the toe.

Callaway Rogue ST Max OS Lite

As you can imagine, the Callaway Rogue ST Max OS Lite model is almost identical to the Callaway Rogue ST Max OS model. The key differences are lighter shafts and lighter swing weights.

The Callaway Rogue ST Max OS Lite irons also have the lightest tungsten weights (46 grams in the longest iron) and produce the highest launch angles thanks to an incredibly wide sole.

Launch is also helped with stronger lofts compared to the Callaway Rogue ST Max OS irons and the fact that these irons come standard in only graphite shafts should reiterate the emphasis on light weight and easier swinging.

Callaway Rogue ST Pro

The Callaway Rogue ST Pro irons are the most unique of the bunch. They feature the smallest head sizes and muscle backs. They also have a hollow body design. The spirit of the Rogue irons is still alive even in the Pro models though.

For instance, the Callaway Rogue ST Pro irons feature split weighting in the toe and heel to increase MOI and improve ball speeds on shots away from the sweet spot. So while they offer better spin dynamics, they are still pretty forgiving.

Ball speed is still there in the long irons as well – you’ll just have to be a lot more accurate.

Distance: 95/100

Accuracy: 94/100

Forgiveness: 94/100

Feel & Control: 93/100

Overall Score: 96/100

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