Expert Review: Callaway Rogue ST Max OS Single IronPublished on 05/27/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the iron, which I tested for three days in May of 2023.
All photos by Josh Snyder
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the iron, which I tested for three days in May of 2023.
The Callaway Rogue ST Max OS Single Iron is one of my top recommendations for a super game improvement iron. What stood out to me was the high level of forgiveness. I would purposefully take a shot off the heel/toe and still see consistent ball speed and trajectory. I believe the Rogue ST Max OS is ideal for beginner and high-handicap players looking to help lower strokes.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2022 Callaway Rogue ST Max OS 7 Iron
- Loft setting: 28.5°
- Shaft type: True Temper ELEVATE MPH 85 Steel
- Shaft flex: Regular
- Average score: 83
- Handicap: 9.7
- Experience: 15 years of playing golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
- Typical ball flight: Mid
- Golf ball used: Maxfli Tour CG
- Club swing speed: 90mph
- When I tested the club May 2023
- Days tested: 3
- Where I’ve used it: Indoor simulator/Foresight Sports GC2
- Weather and wind conditions: Indoors
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for the best game improvement iron to recommend to my customers and clients.
Why I chose to test this club
I chose the Rogue ST Max OS because it looked, felt, and sounded better than the other irons I tested. I also looked at the TaylorMade Stealth and Titleist T300. But the Callaway iron had the best averages in every category after 10 swings with each.
What I love about it
- Distance: These strong lofted irons are making players up to two clubs longer, and it’s pretty nice to have a causal 190-yard 7 iron off the turf.
- Forgiveness: I love what Callaway has done with the Rogue ST line, focusing on lowering CG (center of gravity) to create an easier launch, making forgiveness the number one priority.
- Feel: For being a deep cavity back iron, the Rogue ST Max OS still provides players with lots of feel. For example, I could tell if I hit low/high or toe/heel every time.
- Sound: This is one of those irons where the sweet spot feels like it adds 10mph off the face. It was so satisfying to know I had got one on the screws with a crisp and solid sound.
- Shaft Performance: The stock shaft TT ELEVATE MPH 85 got the ball up in the air with good spin rates with ease. I really liked how light it felt with the clubhead too.
- Aesthetic Appeal: At address, the Rogue ST Max OS had a fairly thick top-line compared to most irons but was still appealing with keeping the actual cavity hidden from sight.
- Grip Feel: The stock grip was comfortable and soft, allowing for good feedback too.
- Launch Angle: I was averaging a 20° launch angle which I look for on iron shots, and was very happy with it.
- Spin: I was getting anywhere from 5000-6000 RPMs, which is good for an iron designed to sweep the ground more than take a divot.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Workability: These game improvement irons are designed to help get the ball up in the air and go straight, unlike players' irons, where the clubs help the player work the ball left to right or flighted.
- Shaft Feel: The TT ELEVATE MPH 85 felt a little too flimsy for me. I would use a stiffer tip shaft myself.
Best shot with this club
Typically, my first shots of the day are my best ones, with no swing thoughts or concerning feelings that lower my confidence. So I stepped up to hit my first shot and striped this high draw that carried 186 yards and rolled out to 200 yards. I was so satisfied with the shot that it made me not want to hit anymore because I knew it could only go downhill from there.
Value for the money vs. other options
The 2022 Rogue ST Max OS Single Iron costs around $114 on Callaway’s website, the 2022 Taylormade Stealth Iron is approximately $142, and the 2022 Titleist T300 is about $143. Therefore, the Rogue ST is the obvious answer when looking for the best deal, making it even more beneficial for the golfer.
I think that the Rogue ST Max OS unlocks beginner and high-handicap players’ playing ability to help lower strokes. Furthermore, compared to other similar options, Callaway has the best-performing and cost-efficient super game improvement iron on the market.