Callaway Epic Pro vs Rogue Pro Irons

Callaway Epic Pro vs Rogue Pro

Callaway Golf produces some of the most popular irons on the market, with offerings for every level of player. Lower handicap players gravitate towards irons like 2017’s Epic Pro and 2018’s Rogue Pro. Both irons pack peak performance into a compact package but do so in different ways. We look at the unique features of the Callaway Epic Pro vs Rogue Pro irons, helping you decide which iron is best for you.

Callaway Epic Pro vs Rogue Pro Irons

What’s the Same?

Our comparison of Epic Pro vs Rogue Pro irons begins with the similarities of the irons. Both feature a smaller, compact clubhead with minimal offset, and thinner topline. The irons also focus on feel, with instant feedback on misses. Despite their “better player” persona, there’s still plenty of forgiveness in these irons.

inside Epic irons

360 Face Cup and Internal Standing Wave on the Epic Pro Irons

 

Another shared feature is Callaway’s iconic 360 Face Cup technology with VFT (Variable Face Thickness). The face design forms a cup that is thin and strong, producing more ball speed and distance. VFT refers to the face having different amounts of thickness, being thinner on the outer edges (1 mm at its thinnest!). Therefore, mishits won’t be as penalized.

Inside the Epic Pro and Rogue Pro irons is a multi-material internal standing wave. Made mostly of tungsten, the internal standing wave controls the CG location of each iron, optimizing the launch conditions for the best performance. Longer irons have a low CG for easy launch and soft landings. As the clubs shorten, the CG moves higher, flattening the ball flight for more control as you approach the green.

But, what about the differences between the clubs?

What’s Different?

Epic Pro

“If you could design the very best iron that you would play, if you wanted maximum performance without any limits to the cost or engineering process, what would that be?”

-Chip Brewer, Callaway Golf CEO to Head of R&D Dr. Alan Hocknell

This quote sums up the spirit of the Epic Pro irons. Designers pulled out all the stops and delivered an iron that’s made unlike any other iron.

The body of each Epic Pro iron is precision milled and robotically welded together. The reasoning behind this is to adhere to tighter tolerances for “maximum integrity and performance.”

This method of construction takes a lot of time, effort, and money to produce; themes that buck the common trend of getting clubs out as quickly and cost-effective as possible in the golf industry. This is the main reason the Epic Pro carries a heavier price tag than the Rogue Pro.

The Epic Pro irons also have an Exo-Cage in the middle of the cavity (the vertical part towards the back of the club in the picture above). This technology, like the company’s Jailbreak technology in the Epic and Rogue woods, stiffens the head at impact, transferring energy to the golf ball. Callaway calls this process energy lensing. More energy to the golf ball translates to more distance.

Rogue Pro

urethane microspheres

Urethane Microspheres

The biggest difference in the Epic Pro vs Rogue Pro irons is the Urethane Microspheres in the Rogue Pro. As mentioned, the face of the Rogue Pro irons is thin. Thin faces can cause vibrations at impact, hurting the overall feel of the club. Urethane microsphere technology places material directly behind the face and minimizes these vibrations, giving the club a softer feel without sacrificing distance.

The last differences between the 2 irons are feel and looks. Comparing the feel of the irons, I would say the Epic Pro has a more solid sound and feel. The Rogue Pro has a slightly larger profile than Epic Pro but maintains a high level of forgiveness for a better player’s iron.

Callaway Epic Pro vs Rogue Pro: Conclusions

We’ve gone over the similarities and differences of the Epic Pro vs Rogue Pro irons boils down to these 2 conclusions:

  1. Chances are the true traditionalist looking to hold onto the compact head design and feel will prefer the Epic Pro irons. The better player looking for some more distance while preserving classic club feel will prefer the Rogue Pro irons.
  2. The care and lengths that go into the construction of the Epic Pro irons certainly justify their hefty price tag. Those that don’t want to pay the difference in cost won’t be disappointed by the performance of the Rogue Pro irons though.

If you have more questions or want to learn more about the Epic Pro vs Rogue Pro irons, reach out to one of our PGA Professionals on staff! They’re here to help.

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Experience An Odyssey Putter Fitting

Odyssey Putter fitting

Recently, we got the opportunity to travel to Carlsbad, CA to visit Callaway Golf HQ. Our tour took us to the Ely Callaway Performance Center (ECPC), where we got to experience the brand new Odyssey putter fitting studio and go through the fitting process. We’ll take you through our time spent with Nick Arther, Senior Club Performance Specialist at Callaway Golf, and what we learned along the way.

Our Odyssey Putter Fitting

There are several factors that go into what makes the ideal putter for a golfer. Head shape, hosel shape, length, and lie are just some of these factors. A proper putter fitting addresses all of these to determine the best putter for your game. Before we get into the details of the fitting, lets set the scene for you. Walking into the newly renovated Odyssey fitting studio, sensors and screens adorn the huge putting green. Putters of all shapes, sizes, and lengths line the walls; Odyssey to the right, Tulon to the left.

Now Comes the Fun Part…

Nick begins by asking about our current gamer and the tendencies we have in our putting stroke. What do we do well? What is our typical miss? With a traditional “Anser” style putter in the bag, our miss is usually a pull. Our stroke compensates for this by swinging inside, then pushing out. More on this later…

He then asked what head shape we liked looking at as we walked the wall, taking in the various model options. Liking the head shape is a subtle, but crucial aspect of a fitting. If a player doesn’t like what they look down at, they lose confidence.

We picked a few Odyssey and Tulon Design putters and Nick had us roll some 15-foot putts, mostly for feel. Odyssey’s Mircrohinge Insert has a distinct difference in feel at impact versus the diamond-milled Tulon Design putter face. During this time, Nick was also eyeing our putting stroke, seeing if the hosel shape was the right fit. As you probably know, a face-balanced putter is ideal for a straight-back-straight-through stroke. A putter with toe hang fits a putter with an arcing stroke (more toe hang is better for stronger arc).

After some trial and error, we narrowed down the right head and hosel shape. Now, it was time to get some technology involved.

SAM Puttlab, Quintic, TrackMan, and more

SAM Puttlab, Quintic, and TrackMan are different data-gathering systems used in fitting. However, all use vastly different ways to collect putting data. Trackman is widely known for full shot data collected via its radar system. For putting, TrackMan detects things like club speed, swing time, tempo, launch direction, ball speed, and much more. Quintic uses a series of cameras to track the roll of the ball. It takes several pictures at impact, showing how quickly the ball rolls end over end, impact position, and more. Unfortunately, due to the newness of the fitting studio, the Trackman and Quintic systems weren’t set up yet. So, we focused the fitting on using the SAM Puttlab for the fitting.

SAM Puttlab

SAM Puttlab

SAM (Science and Motion) Puttlab uses 2 sensors to gather putting stats using ultrasound, one on the ground and one on the putter shaft. After calibrating the sensor, we took 5 putts. The software spits out much of the same data as the other systems, giving you a complete picture of your putting stroke. It confirmed the tendencies in our putting stroke we talked about earlier, going inside out.

Using the data from those 5 putts, Nick explained what worked well with this putter and why. He also explained why aspects of a different style of putter wouldn’t work for us.

The effective loft, rise angle, and predicted launch angle info from SAM Puttlab informed Nick that our ideal putter needs a slightly lower loft to get the best roll on the ball.

Length, lie angle, and grip were all covered from there, giving us a clear picture of the best setup.

Conclusions From Our Odyssey Putter Fitting

Going through a putter fitting is an eye-opening experience for many. Seeing what we thought we knew about our putting stroke versus the answers we got from the data was amazing. Without the help of a master fitter like Nick, it’d be easy to hit some putts in a store, like how the club feels, and put it into play. A proper putter fitting looks at the inner workings of the putter and why it works (or doesn’t) for your putting stroke.

A big thanks to Nick and the rest of the Callaway team for hosting us and sharing their time and knowledge! It was much appreciated.

If you have questions about what putter would work for you, reach out to one of our PGA Professionals.

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A PGA Pro’s Review Of The Mizuno ST180 and GT180 Fairway Woods [Interview]

mizuno st180 and gt180 fairway woods

We recently sat down with one of our PGA Professionals on staff, Rudi Fann, who you are likely familiar with if you follow our blog. Chatting about the Mizuno ST180 and GT180 fairway woods, we covered the features of each club. Rudi also explains what kind of performance you can expect from each club. Here’s our conversation:

GlobalGolf: Thanks for taking some time with us today, Rudi. We’re excited to have you share your knowledge of these clubs with us. Beginning with the Mizuno ST180, what performance features can we expect to find?

mizuno st180 fairway woods face

Rudi Fann: Happy to do it! The Mizuno ST180 fairway wood is all about ball speed. So, players looking for more distance will gravitate towards this club. Mizuno constructed the face with 1770 maraging steel, which is extremely strong. The steel’s strength allows designers to make the face pretty thin, which boosts ball speed on shots hit across more of the face.

GG: What else can you tell us about the ST180?

mizuno st180 fairway woods wave technology

RF: When you look at the bottom of the club, you notice the ripples Mizuno calls Wave Technology. These channels compress at impact, passing energy to the golf ball, equaling more distance.

What’s not visible on this club is its waffle crown. The underside of the crown has a waffle pattern, that strategically carves out weight in a waffle-like pattern. The saved weight is moved around the head to optimize the CG location and forgiveness. The CG location produces shots that launch high with less spin for maximum distance.

Don’t forget about the ST180’s adjustability. The quick switch adapter on the shaft lets you adjust the loft a total of 4 degrees (+/- 2 degrees). You can also make the club more upright for more of a draw-bias.

GG: Those are some solid features. Switching gears, what makes the GT180 different?

RF: The Mizuno GT180 fairway wood is a different animal than the ST180…but it’s still a beast. The GT180 adds adjustability to the features it shares with the ST180. Those shared traits are the maraging steel face and Wave technology for increased ball speed and a waffle crown to optimize CG location. However, the Wave Technology doesn’t stretch across as much of the sole in the GT180. Instead, Fast Track technology takes its place.

GG: What’s Fast Track technology?

mizuno gt180 fairway wood fast track

RF: Fast Track technology is a track in the sole that houses a sliding weight. You can use it to control ball flight and spin numbers. Slide the weight forward and you lower the ball flight and spin rate. This position isn’t as forgiving but it produces more penetrating shots that roll out more. Putting the weight in the rear position raises the launch angle and ups the spin rate. That position also makes the club more forgiving by increasing the MOI. There are many locations in between to set the weight, fine-tuning the ball flight for you.

GG: Any last thoughts on the Mizuno ST180 and GT180 fairway woods, Rudi?

RF: I have just a quick note about the stock shafts in these clubs. The ST180 fairway woods comes stocked with the MCA Tensei Blue shaft. This shaft produces mid launch and spin. It also has a smooth bend profile, for those with a fairly even swing tempo. The GT180 comes loaded with the MCA Tensei CK White shaft. This shaft is heavier and stiffer than the Tensei Blue, made for players with faster swing speeds. The low-torque tip of the CK White also reduces spin, if you need it.

As always, Mizuno offers several no upcharge shafts that you can custom order. For more information or help deciding which one is for you, reach out to me or one of our other PGA Pros on staff HERE.

GG: We appreciate your time and thank you for sharing your knowledge of these clubs with us.

RF: You’re welcome.

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