Callaway Rogue Vs. Titleist 718 AP1 Irons Comparison Overview

If you have been struggling with your current set of irons, you aren’t alone. Golfers of every skill level have a lot of trouble with their irons. The usual problem is that they aren’t using irons that are made for their particular needs.

In today’s comparison overview, we wanted to spend some time talking about a couple of iron sets that would be good for golfers in the 18+ handicap range. Let’s take a look at the Callaway Rogue and Titleist 718 AP1 irons.

Callaway Rogue Irons Overview

The Callaway Rogues offer plenty of offset to help with your rightward miss and plenty of power to help get you down the fairway.

The Callaway Rogue irons feature a great tandem of variable face thickness and 360 cup technology. The face cup technology means that the portion that connects to the body of the club (the perimeter) is made of a very thin and pliable metal.

This makes for much higher flex on errant shots away from the sweet spot. The variable face thickness essentially expands the sweet spot fore more forgiveness. High handicap players will love the look of these irons at point of address because they are big and have plenty of offset.

These are distance machines as well. Our testers were getting an average distance of 127 yards with the 7-iron in this set.

Titleist 718 AP1 Irons Overview

The hollow body design of the Titleist 718 AP1 irons helps yield comparable distance to that of the Rogue irons.

We were also getting better carry distance with the Titleist 718 AP1 irons. When you hit these irons right in the center, you get incredible carry distance out of them. After 3 shots with 7-iron, our average carry distance was 176 yards!

So while the Titleist 718 AP1’s don’t feel as powerful on impact as the Rogue irons, you actually get more distance out of them by merit of the superior carry distance. The Titleist 718 AP1’s will also give you more stopping power thanks to the loft characteristics that resemble a player’s iron set more than a game-improvement set.

It’s very clear that both of these sets will deliver if what you are in need of is pure distance. But for players in the 18+ handicap range, the Titleist 718 AP1 irons just offer more scoring ability. Plus, they simply play longer.

Callaway Rogue Irons

Category – Game Improvement/Distance Irons

Titleist 718 AP1 Irons

Category: Game/Improvement

Callaway Rogue – First Impressions

You can feel the power in these irons from the moment you pick them up. The clubs are solid, the lofts are strong and there is no question that these are built to make the ball fly.

What Callaway tried with the Rogue irons clearly worked as they have kept so many of their features in the new clubs and as soon as you get them on the course, you can see why.

The clubs are going to add distance to your game, especially if you are upgrading from a beginner set and it would not be uncommon for high handicappers to shave 5 or 6 shots of their round with these.

strong lofts with tungsten weighting gets a high and far flight while the flashcup face is built for speed and forgiveness.

Urethane microspheres absorb any unwanted vibrations and these are a really nice set of irons for any player.

Titleist 718 AP1 First Impressions

We were expecting a lot from these irons before we ever hit the course with them simply because they were Titleist irons and we know Titleist to make awesome clubs no matter the category.

We can honestly say that we were impressed with these irons at the end of the day. What struck us the most was the fact that our high handicap testers were able to land more greens.

The Titleist 718 AP1 irons do an amazing job of launching high and landing soft. They produce an ideal descent angle no matter what your skill level is. In short, the Titleist 718 AP1 will help you perform above your handicap.

Our high handicap testers noted better short game control as opposed to the irons they typically use. We honestly weren’t expecting such accuracy around the pin from these game-improvement irons but of course, we were happy to have it.

Callaway Rogue Irons – Selling Points

  • Tungsten Weighting For Low COG
  • 360 Flash Cup Face
  • Strong Lofts For Distance
  • Urethane Microspheres
  • Perfect For High To Mid Handicaps

Titleist 718 AP1 Selling Points

  • Hollow body design in the long irons
  • Undercut design in the short irons
  • Pre-worn leading edge
  • Custom tungsten weighting in each iron
  • Fairly thin top line for irons in this category

Who Are The Rogue Irons For

Who They Are For

These are built for players looking for distance and forgiveness. Whether that is the High Handicapper looking to improve or a mid handicapper look for more from their irons.

Released in 2018, the irons can still compete with anything on the market right now.

Rogue Family Of Irons

The Rogue irons are complimented by the Rogue X irons which are geared more for the high handicapper looking for more forgiveness from their irons while being willing to sacrifice some of the feel.

Both very good options for beginners.

Distance: 96/100

Accuracy: 94/100

Forgiveness: 94/100

Feel And Control: 91/100

Overall Score: 94/100

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Who are the Titleist 718 AP1 Irons for?

We don’t want to say that these irons are best for high handicappers and beginners because that would be less accurate than saying they are best for high handicappers who are serious about their game.

If you are casual about the game, play a few times a year or aren’t particularly concerned about breaking 100, don’t get these clubs. There are plenty of cheaper irons that would suit you better.

If however you are committed to getting better, the Titleist 718 AP1 irons will work great for you. They provide great distance and surprising short-game control.

The AP1 Family

If you are looking for even more forgiveness then the Titleist 716 AP1 irons would be a good choice. They too feature an undercut cavity but have more perimeter weighting than the Titleist 718 AP1 irons.

This will help preserve ball speed when you hit near the perimeter of the face as opposed to the sweet spot. The 716 AP1 irons also have a more noticeable cavity in the back at point of address.

You can actually see the sole jut out a bit more with the 716 irons which may be a welcome sight to beginners and high handicappers. However, in terms of distance the 716’s come up short of the Titleist 718 AP1 irons.

The lack of a hollow body design in the long irons make the 716’s consistently shorter than the Titleist 718 AP1’s.

Distance: 94/100

Accuracy: 97/100

Forgiveness: 94/100

Feel & Control: 94/100

Overall Score: 96/100

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