Callaway Rogue ST Max Vs. Mizuno ST-Z 220 Driver Comparison Overview

The new Rogue ST Max drivers carry on the tradition of the original Rogue series: forgiveness, distance and confidence from the tee. In short, this is a great driver for beginners and high/mid handicappers. Mizuno is not often a name you associate with game-improvement clubs, right?

But despite the popular perception, Mizuno has succeeded in creating a no-nonsense, game-improvement driver in the Mizuno ST-Z 220. Which one would be better for your game though? Find out in the following comparison overview.

Callaway Rogue ST Max Driver Overview

The new Rogue ST Max driver features a ton of tungsten in the back of the head while the enhanced footprint will inspire confidence at point of address.

There is also an ever so slight draw bias to this driver which is good news if you have an ever so slight tendency to fade the ball. In any case, there’s a 26 gram tungsten cartridge in the back of this thing which is the heaviest of any driver in the new Rogue series.

For our testers, this meant decent launch but great distance. Our testers clocked a max distance of 223 yards with the ST Max driver. It produces a mid launch and there is still some side spin to work against. In general though, it’s not too hard to get a straight shot out of this driver.

Mizuno ST-Z 220 Driver Overview

A carbon fiber sole and even face weight distribution help to reduce spin off the tee.

The first thing we noticed about the Mizuno ST-Z 220 (and what endeared it to us the most) was the effortlessly straight shots it produces. There is still some spin to work with; but it’s low. And in most cases, this helped with distance.

Also helping with distance and forgiveness is a fixed, 20 gram rear weight. The titanium face of the Mizuno ST-Z 220 driver produces very consistent shots and while lateral workability is limited, you can shape height reasonably well.

Max distance with the Mizuno ST-Z 220 was slightly better than the ST Max at 227 yards.

Both of these drivers would be a great choice for high handicap players but we preferred the superior  consistency of the Mizuno ST-Z 220 driver. Consistency is what will help inform your drives on challenging holes and will help you improve your long game.

Callaway Rogue ST Max Driver

In 20 Words Or Less

The Callaway Rogue Max ST offers accessible distance for players of nearly all skill levels.

Mizuno ST-Z 220

In 20 Words or Less

This modern Mizuno driver definitely packs a punch, you will be very surprised.

Callaway Rogue ST Max  Driver – First Impressions

After our first swing with the Roge ST Max, we were very impressed by how solid and satisfying it felt.

Part of the solid feel comes from the internal bracing bars that are more laterally expansive to provide body support both horizontally and vertically. That, coupled with the titanium low-profile body bracing make for an exceptionally solid driver with a nice, comfortable and low center of gravity.

The Callaway Rogue ST Max also features an adjustable hosel for fine-tuning your shot shape.

The Rogue ST Family

The Rogue ST Max is the only one with a 26 gram tungsten weight. The Rogue ST Max D, Rogue ST Max LS and Rogue ST LS have either 23 gram or 20 gram weights. The Rogue ST LS was the most workable of the bunch and produced the lowest spin off the tee.

Mizuno ST-Z 220 First Impressions

As I’m sure you are all, we were also skeptical when it came to the new Mizuno driver range.

We received the standard shaft that it comes with, when we took it out of the box, the first thing we noticed was how light it was, this definitely means you will gain some much needed clubhead speed.

The ST-Z driver looked great when we put it down behind the ball, the clubface sat square, and the carbon crown looked sleek.

As for performance, we didn’t see any major changes in our average ball speeds, however they were just slightly less than the big name brands.

We did visibly see that the ball had less of a shape than we normally see, meaning that their straight flight bias could be working, I guess you’ll have to see for yourself.

Low struck shots kept up some decent ball speed, which means the Wave Sole definitely is working.

The adjustability is great, it really helped us get that little bit more dialed in, it would have been great to try out some of the custom shafts, I think this could really be the game changer when it comes to getting fitted with the ST-Z 200.

Callaway Rogue ST Max Selling Points

  • 26 grams of rear tungsten weighting
  • High launch
  • SS22 face
  • Adjustable hosel
  • Highest MOI
  • Unrivalled Stability
  • 4 Flavors

Mizuno ST-Z 220 Selling Points

  • Cheap price point
  • Wave Sole helps with low struck shots
  • Forged SAT2041 Beta Ti face increases ball speed
  • 20g back weight gives you additional forgiveness
  • Its adjustable, allowing you to get dialed in
  • It has a wide variety of custom shafts

Who is the Rogue ST Max Driver for?

The Rogue ST Max would be great for any player seeking more distance off the tee.

The Rogue ST Max is certainly long and versatile which would meet the demands of high to low handicap players.

Callaway Rogue ST Family of Drivers

Rogue ST Max LS

Even with a large footprint the ST Max LS still manages to be the most workable driver in the family.

Rogue ST Max D

The rogue ST Max D is a very forgiving driver and one that would be very helpful to anyone dealing with a slice thanks to the internal draw bias.

Rogue ST LS

The Rogue ST LS is the driver for mid to low handicap players. It doesn’t have the same forgiveness features but it produces low spin and has a lower shot trajectory.

Distance: 95/100

Accuracy: 93/100

Forgiveness: 94/100

Feel and Control: 95/100

Overall Score: 94/100

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Mizuno ST-Z 220 Driver – Who is it for?

The Mizuno ST-Z driver is built for all levels of golfers. The low spinning aspect of the driver appeals to the low handicap player as well as the ‘Straight Flight Bias’ will be extremely beneficial.

High handicap players can even use this driver as it is forgiving, however if you struggle with a fade we suggest trying the ST-X model as it has a draw bias.

With the wide variety of custom shafts, we highly recommend that you get fitted by a qualified Mizuno fitter or your local pro. Playing with the right loft and shaft flex can add 20 yards to your drives, and make them much more accurate.

Distance: 93/100

Accuracy: 96/100

Forgiveness: 94/100

Feel and Control: 92/100

Overall Score: 94/100

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