If you’re particularly torn between the Callaway Rogue ST and the PXG Gen 4 driver, this review is for you. I bought and played both drivers to see how they compare to each other and have documented the entire experience in this review.
Both driver brands are dramatically different. The Rogue ST is game-improvement-oriented, as it offers forgiveness and distance. It’s chunky with a medium swing weight, and somehow, it feels like you’re hitting the ball with a toaster.
On the other hand, the PXG Gen 4 provides a premium feel and customization options, so it’s the best fit if you prioritize precision and personalization. There’s a lot of tech in these drivers, but they’re not a hollow cavity back (since they’re filled with foam) and do not feel like a hollow cavity back.
Being a mid-high handicapper, I have a naturally low ball flight and have trouble hitting the ball thin; the light swing weight and flat sole of the Rouge ST exacerbate that.
But there’s still much more to it than separating these drivers, which would ultimately influence your pick. Here’s a quick comparison chart on the differences between these drivers:
|Factor||Callaway Rogue ST||PXG Gen 4|
|Performance||Forgiving, designed for distance||Precision and customization|
|Feel||Good feel with moderate feedback||Premium feel, softer feedback|
|Distance Control||High launch, distance-oriented||More control and workability|
|Forgiveness||High forgiveness on off-center hits||Moderate forgiveness|
|Price Value||$400||$200 (limited offer)|
Callaway Rogue ST
PXG Gen 4
One thing I quickly discovered is that these clubs are both very forgiving. I also noticed both of them, on those low hits, still fly pretty well on both drivers.
I only had to get a little higher than I usually do. (I am yet to determine the reason, but I get better ball flight with these clubs when I tee up just a hair longer than normal.)
On several swings, the PXG was in a much better spot with a lower miss hit on the club, while the rogue was just off in the rough but a little bit longer.
Looks, Sound, and Feel
I seriously like the looks of the PXG Gen 4 driver. It’s an appealing view when you look down on the club. It pulls your eyes in the way that those lines are angled on the top of the club head. So it has an appealing edge over the Callaway.
In terms of feel and sound, the Callaway Rogue ST wins the belt, in my honest opinion, because it has a nice, pleasant thud to its impact and gives wonderful feedback from the club. That way, you can easily identify when you have mishits.
The best way I can describe the sound of the PXG Gen 4 is like snapping a gym towel. You don’t get the most pleasant sound when you hit this club, but it makes up for the result.
Judging forgiveness with these drivers will be tricky because they are both good. However, the Rogue ST drivers incorporate VFT technology, meaning the face thickness varies across the clubface.
This helps to optimize ball speed on off-center hits, making mishits less punishing and providing more consistent distance.
PXG Gen 4 drivers are designed to offer a premium feel and precision, and while they still provide forgiveness, they may not have the same level of forgiveness as the Rogue ST drivers.
From my experience with these drivers, I figured PXG focuses more on customization and providing a premium experience. So, we can expect this to lead to a slightly different design philosophy.
If you’re super intentional about your improvement, workability should be an important consideration when picking between these two tough drivers.
You want to know which of them can help your ability to shape their shots intentionally, whether it’s drawing the ball (curving it from right to left for right-handed golfers) or fading it (turning it from left to right for right-handed golfers).
I hit that low hooking shot with both drivers pretty much the same. There was a slightly higher trajectory with the Callaway Rogue and a downward trajectory with the PXG.
There’s nothing much between these two, and I didn’t expect to see much because both are truly forgiving clubs.
Regarding shafts, I believe a good club is not just about the head. The post, in combination, will do the magic.
Many people think that once you can find a quality shaft, you can put it in every driver’s head, which is not always ideal because both components must work in tandem.
For this reason, I stuck with stock configurations that you can easily find off the rack. I try to pair a stiff 60g when possible with the stock configuration of the manufacturer.
For the PXG, I used the Hazardous Smoke Yellow Shaft, 60 grams. For the Callaway Rogue, I paired it with the Mitsushibi Tensei Shaft 55 gram and stiff flex.
The PXG sells for $529 but at a limited discount of $200. It is an incredible value, dollar for dollar. They also offer military discounts. But I believe $200 is still a great value for what you’re getting. The Callaway Rogue, on the other hand, costs $400 with a stock shaft configuration.
The gap is already a big difference in expense when shopping for golf, which is a pretty expensive sport.
Which of these drivers should you play?
The comparison is pretty definitive. The Callaway Rogue ST takes the lead regarding forgiveness, distance, and accuracy. But again, it depends on your playing style and your budget.
The Rogue ST offers forgiveness and distance. I’ll strongly recommend it as a game-improvement club. The PXG Gen 4 also wins on many grounds, but it would be the best if you need precision and customization options.