Expert Review: Callaway Rogue ST Max LS DriverPublished on 03/14/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the driver, which I purchased with my own money in June of 2022.
9th Hole at Black Bear, nice drive down the middle. All photos courtesy of Owen Deas
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the driver, which I purchased with my own money in June of 2022.
The Rogue ST Max LS performs exactly how it is named — low spin. This driver is a wonderfully forgiving driver for a low-handicapper who is looking to lower their spin. This is a great driver for those who are looking to lower their ball flight and still maintain a rather forgiving feeling.
About the club
- Model: Callaway Rogue ST Max LS
- Loft setting: 9.0 set at -1
- Shaft type: Tensei White 75 g
- Shaft flex: Stiff
- Average score: 73
- Handicap: 0.08
- Experience: 9 years of golfing
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-handed
- Typical ball flight: Draw
- Golf ball used: Titleist Pro v1x, Chrome Soft x
- Club swing speed: 115 mph
- When I bought the club: I bought this driver in June of 2022.
- Days tested: I have tested this driver for the months of June, July, and August.
- Where I’ve used it: I have used this driver at Blackstone Country Club, Black Bear Country Club, Ravenna Golf Club, Aurora Hills Golf Course, Murphy Creek Golf Course, Colorado Golf Club, and Lone Tree Golf Club.
- Weather and wind conditions: I have used this club in all weather types: windy, cold, rainy, and hot.
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was on the hunt for a new driver that would help me lower my launch and spin but still provide me with the carry distances that I am comfortable with. I continually hit a high launching ball flight off of the tee, and I needed to make a change due to windier conditions.
Why I chose this club
I decided to buy this club after testing many of the Rogue ST models. This club proved to keep my launch angle and spin rate at an all-time low while still maintaining a sustainable ball flight. I was stuck between the Triple Diamond LS and the Max LS drivers. I chose the Max LS driver because it provided me with the low launch while staying forgiving. On the flip side, the Triple Diamond LS was less forgiving for less than perfect ball strikes.
What I love about it
- Distance: I love the distance that has been provided with this driver. The low spin has provided me with adequate carry numbers and a large amount of roll when in dry conditions.
- Forgiveness: The forgiveness of this driver is impeccable. Less-than-perfect strikes end up turning into extremely playable shots without sacrificing any distance.
- Sound: This club sounds wonderful when struck well.
- Workability: This driver is a relatively workable driver. I am able to shape shots at will to whatever the hole demands.
- Adjustability: I like the adjustability of this driver. It covers all of the bases.
- Shaft Feel: The shaft feeling is impeccable. The 75 grams makes it easier to swing harder with less variance.
- Shaft Performance: The shaft keeps the launch and spin low, which makes its performance a 10/10.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The matte finish of this driver is absolutely great. It makes for a good aesthetic appeal.
- Launch Angle: The launch angle stays low, which is the goal of the driver, and I am more than pleased with it.
- Spin: This driver keeps spin low, which is how it is intended.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Feel: The feeling is less than stellar. When connected with it, it is great, but the less-than-perfect strikes do not feel the best.
- Grip Feel: The stock grip that comes with this club is rather forgettable. It does not provide the best grip.
Best shot with this club
This driver has helped me hit more fairways than I could have imagined. The best shot I have hit with this club was on number seven at Ravenna Golf Club. It is about 325 yards to the hole from the tips, and I hit a nice piercing draw, which ended up about 10 feet from the pin for eagle.
Value for the money vs. other options
This product is about the same price as every driver on the market right now. The Tensei white shaft does not add any additional cost. But it is a great factor to consider because of the pro results that it provides, without having to purchase a pro shaft. Specifically, any other driver with a Tour AD shaft or a Fujikara Velocore shaft does not provide a major difference in shot performance.
This product unlocks a lower launching piercing ball flight that limits spin while also maintaining wonderful distance control. This is an excellent option for the low-handicapper who is looking to lower the spin and launch of their stock driver swing.