Callaway Rogue ST Max Vs. Callaway Big Bertha B21 Irons Comparison Overview

It’s hard to imagine a set of Callaway game-improvement irons that would be better for beginners and high handicappers than the Big Bertha’s. That hasn’t stopped Callaway from trying though. 2022 saw the launch of the new Callaway Rogue ST Max and Pro irons.

While the Pro irons with their smaller heads and hollow-body design will be better for mid to low handicappers, the Callaway Rogue ST Max irons have a lot to offer newbies – even when compared against the Big Berthas.

Callaway Rogue ST Max Irons Overview

The Callaway Rogue ST Max irons have wide soles, thick top lines and the offset to impart slight draw bias.

That’s all stuff we’ve seen in past Callaway iron lines though. What makes the new Callaway Rogue ST Max irons unique is the 450 grade steel faces they have been outfitted with. This gives them a much more solid feel than the old Rogue’s and increases stability over the Big Berthas.

The soles of the Callaway Rogue ST Max iron aren’t as wide as the Big Berthas, but they are still noticeable at point of address. Launch angles are also comparable between these two iron sets. In fact, the Callaway Rogue ST Max’s produced the same apex heights as the Big Berthas.

While ball speed was greater in the Callaway Rogue ST Max irons, the Big Bertha’s were yielding better carry distance most of the time.

Callaway Big Bertha B21 Irons Overview

The Big Bertha irons played longer than the Callaway Rogue ST Max irons on average.

However, the Callaway Rogue ST Max’s were more useful around the pin. Sometimes, it was really hard to reign in the distance and launch of the Big Berthas so, more often than we’d like to admit, we saw our balls sailing past the green.

The Callaway Rogue ST Max irons also offered more feel and feedback than the clunky Big Berthas. And while the spin control of the Callaway Rogue ST Max irons is nothing compared to say the Apex irons, it was certainly better when compared to the Big Bertha B21 irons.

It really comes down to distance. The only thing that the Big Bertha B21 irons offer that the Callaway Rogue ST Max irons can’t is more distance. However, if you are knocking on the door of the mid handicap range, we would recommend the Callaway Rogue ST Max’s.

Callaway Rogue ST Irons

Category: Game Improvement – Player’s Performance

Callaway Big Bertha Irons

Category – Super Game Improvement Irons

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.

Big Bertha B21 – First Impressions

The B21’s take on the legendary name of the Big Bertha series and these irons are super forgiving and easy to hit.

The Irons have been designed using Artificial Intelligence that ensures the very best weighting and features are included for maximum accuracy and forgiveness.

The clubs also have wide soles and a pronounced offset that ensures you get tons of forgiveness even when you don’t hit the ball flush on the sweet spot.

The clubs have a lot of loft, allowing you to get the ball in the air while the Tungsten Weighting keeps the center of gravity low.

You shouldn’t have any problems getting the ball in the air with these Irons.

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

Big Bertha B21 – Selling Points

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Urethane Microspheres
  • Lots Of Loft In The Clubs
  • Wide Soles – Large Sweet Spot
  • Flash Cup Face For Ball Speed

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: 93/100

Feel & Control: 93/100

Overall Score: 96/100

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Who Are The B21 Irons For

The Big Bertha B21 Irons are for beginners and high handicappers who want to get as much forgiveness as possible from their clubs and will perfect for anyone who struggles to get the ball in the air with their irons.

B21 Family Of Irons

The B21 come in only 1 format but there are plenty of other offerings in 2021 from Callaway in The Mavrik family and Apex 21 Iron Sets.

The Mavrik irons are perfect for High – Mid Handicappers and the Apex 21 Set is perfect for the better players among us.

Distance: 94/100

Accuracy: 96/100

Forgiveness: 98/100

Feel And Control: 86/100

Overall Score: 94/100

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