Taylormade M6 Vs. Callaway Rogue ST Max Irons Comparison Overview

When we first got it into our heads to test the Taylormade M6 irons against the Callaway Rogue ST Max irons, we didn’t think two iron sets that were released 3 years apart from one another would have so much in common.

It just goes to show how slowly golf club innovations really evolve. Still, there are some subtle differences between these two iron sets that you should know about. Find out what they are in the following comparison article.

Taylormade M6 Irons Overview

The Taylormade M6 irons feature one of the earliest iterations of Taylormade’s famed Speed Bridge design.

The Speed Bridge is a rear brace that connects the crown and the sole so that the face can be separated to flex more without making it unstable. When we tested the M6’s against the Callaway Rogue ST Max irons, we were stunned at how similar they feel.

The 7 irons of both of these sets in particular. They both have a very solid feel at impact but somehow, manage to give subtle, soft feedback. Another key similarity was launch angle. We thought the wider sole of the Rogue ST Max irons would dominate apex height readings but that wasn’t the case.

The M6’s held up admirably against the newer Callaway Rogue ST Max irons in terms of apex height. Power and distance is really where these two iron sets diverge, though.

Callaway Rogue ST Max Irons Overview

The Callaway Rogue ST Max irons leave a wide margin of error on full swings.

Our higher handicap testers couldn’t believe how far their seemingly errant full swings were going with these irons. The Callaway Rogue ST Max 6 iron yielded a flabbergasting max distance of 171 yards while the same iron in the M6 set produced a moderate max distance of 160 yards.

You can really feel the heavy 62g tungsten weight in the 4 iron of this set too. It adds a ton of power even if your swing speed isn’t up to par yet. There was a downside though. The Callaway Rogue ST Max irons felt more clunky and cumbersome than the lighter M6 irons.

There is certainly more finesse in the Taylormade M6 irons when compared to the brute force of the Callaway Rogue ST Max irons. Overall though, the Callaway Rogue ST Max irons were more forgiving and played longer.

Callaway Rogue ST Irons

Category: Game Improvement – Player’s Performance

Taylormade M6 Irons

Category – Players Distance 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.

Taylormade M6 – First Impressions

The Taylormade M6 irons represented a significant break through in the world of golf with the introduction of the speed bridge which adds stability, ball speed and smooth impacts, even on mishits.

The sweet spot on the M6 is massive, allowing you to hit it straight and far consistently.

While there is excellent forgiveness in the clubs, they are certainly built for ball speed and distance and that is the main reason for the speed bridge and the Speed pocket on the underside of the club and filling in the cavity on the ball.

The face is ‘Speed Injection’ for an amazing connection with the ball and better distance.

A deep undercut and low COG allow an easy launch and the High MOI of the irons maximizes speed and performance.

Still, one of the best iron sets on the market, for sure.

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

M6 Irons – Selling Points

  • Speed Bridge Technology
  • Speed Pocket
  • Deep undercut
  • Massive Sweet Spot
  • Competitive Price

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: 96/100

Accuracy: 92/100

Forgiveness: 93/100

Feel & Control: 93/100

Overall Score: 96/100

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Who Are The M6 Irons For

The M6 irons are going to be perfect for anybody who is getting into the game but are also going to provide a ton of performance for golfers of any ability.

Whether you are a high or a mid handicapper, the M6 irons are some of the best irons around for distance and forgiveness and are now available at a more competitive price point.

If you want to get more feel with a players iron as a better player would be one of the only reasons not to use the M6 irons or if you are looking for something specific.

The Family Of Irons

The M6 builds on the success of the M series which has changed the landscape for iron performance for the entire game with Iconic clubs like the M2 and M4 Irons as well.

Distance: 96/100

Accuracy: 95/100

Forgiveness: 94/100

Feel And Control: 90/100

Overall Score: 95/100

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