Callaway Rogue ST Max Vs Ping G430 Max Driver Comparison Overview

The G430 and Rogue ST lineups from Ping and Callaway are some of the newest offerings from these two titans of golf club manufacturing.

And while each line has different models, we wanted to take some time to focus on the “Max” offerings from both series.

Any time you see the word “Max” placed in the title of a driver, you can bet that it’s the biggest and most forgiving driver in the series. So we wanted to see how these two Max’s held up against one another. Let’s take a look.

Callaway Rogue ST Max Driver Overview

“The Callaway Rogue ST Max has a combination of features that we really like for game improvement drivers.”

Particularly lightweight design and mass positioned to increase forgiveness. The Callaway Rogue ST Max sports a carbon crown and sole that helps keep the overall weight down. There is a 26 gram tungsten cartridge placed deep and low in the head to increase MOI too.

What you’re left with is a driver that launches high, is easy to hit with and promotes a low CG congenial for players with deliberate tempos and moderate swing speeds. Behind the ball, you can see that the Callaway Rogue ST Max has a large footprint. It looks very reassuring for high handicappers and indeed, our testers found the sweet spot on this thing almost immediately.

Ping G430 Max Driver Overview

“In true Ping fashion, the face of the G430 Max feels amazing and plays incredibly hot.”

The face of this driver is powered by forged titanium which we have seen in past Ping drivers. To help out high handicappers, the face has been milled to various thicknesses to help preserve ball speed in areas that players commonly mis-hit.

The Ping G430 Max also has an adjustable weight that can be placed in the draw, neutral or fade positions. This is a 25 gram weight and it affords you plenty of shot shapeability no matter what your tendencies are. The G430 has a slightly lower launch than the Callaway Rogue ST Max and spin rates are also a bit lower.

“The Callaway Rogue ST Max is actually a bit lighter than the G430, which we like. However, the Ping G430 played longer thanks to a lower flight and lower spin rates. The Callaway Rogue ST Max may be better for 21+ handicappers though.”

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.

Ping G430 Driver – First Impressions

“The Ping G430 drivers have a noticeably different design than previous Ping G drivers.”

The face has a more shallow profile yet the crown and sole have a more rounded design. Overall the Ping G430 drivers look really unique. They also have the signature “ping” sound at impact which is really satisfying and lets you know when you’ve struck the ball perfectly.

We were also impressed that all three drivers in the new line come with movable weights. This will help a wide array of players who are struggling against a draw or a fade. It’ll also help you put more power behind the area of the face that you tend to make contact with.

The adjustable loft sleeve will also help you dial these drivers in during fittings. Ping did a good job of upping the adjustability element of the new Ping G430 so that they appeal to a wider array of players. Unless you have a handicap in the 0-5 range, the new Ping G430 driver can benefit your long game in one way or another.

The Ping G430 Family

If you are a better player looking to squeeze more yards out of your drive with muted spin, the Ping G430 LST is definitely the driver for you. If you are a high handicapper, go with the Ping G430 Max. If you are struggling with accuracy off the tee, the Ping G430 SFT would benefit you most.

Callaway Rogue ST Max Selling Points

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

Ping G430 Selling Points

  • Adjustable CG weights
  • Forged faces
  • All three models play hot
  • Titanium face
  • Adjustable hosels

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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Who is the Ping G430 Driver for?

“With three unique models, the Ping G430 drivers will appeal to a wide variety of players.”

It would seem that the overarching goal for these drivers was to make them viable for all skill levels. For the most part, Ping succeeded at this. The only type of player that we can imagine that wouldn’t benefit from these drivers are scratch players. The Ping G430 drivers launch high and don’t allow for a whole lot of workability.

So if you are a really good player, you’re better off looking elsewhere for a new driver. That being said, the Ping G430 drivers are ideal for both mid and high handicappers looking for a good mixture of forgiveness and accuracy.

We love the new forged face design because it will help virtually any kind of player achieve better ball speeds. The Ping G430 drivers will be especially beneficial to players who need more lateral forgiveness from their driver.

Distance: 96/100

Accuracy: 95/100

Forgiveness: 94/100

Feel & Control: 95/100

Overall Score:  95/100

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