With so many high-quality golf drivers available on the market, it can be difficult to find the right one for you. Searching the internet or your local pro shop, there are many options that aim to get the most distance and forgiveness within your game.
So where do you start? Well, if your budget allows, you can’t go wrong with two of the most recognizable brands in the business, with TaylorMade and Callaway releasing new drivers for 2022 that have already featured in our Editor’s Choice awards.
TaylorMade Stealth and Callaway Rogue ST Max are rated as some of the best golf drivers money can buy, and both have been rigorously tested by Golf Monthly. However, which one suits your game more? We look at the performance head to head.
TaylorMade Stealth vs Callaway Rogue ST Max Driver: Read Our Head-to-Head Verdict
Brands are finding more ways to pack their drivers with the latest technology and with these two models it is no exception as both have introduced new technology to get the most distance and forgiveness out of their game.
With Stealth, TaylorMade has ushered golfers into the ‘Carbon Wood Age’. This refers to a new face design with 60 layers of lightweight carbon fiber, enclosed by a nano-textured polyurethane shell to perfect launch and spin. Alongside this new look, we see the company’s Twist Face design, which reduces the effect of off-center shots.
As for Callaway, he still sits alongside his AI-designed Jailbreak Speed Frame, which provides stability and speed to the face. The company claims to be the industry leader in artificial intelligence, and with its Rogue ST range of controllers, it has introduced a new AI-designed face that should again reduce spin and increase forgiveness.
The other noticeable difference is the positioning of the weight. For the standard Stealth model, TaylorMade said goodbye to the sliding weight track and instead added weight low and deep in the head (there is a sliding weight track on the Stealth Plus driver to help the golfer dial in a certain blow shape). Callaway, on the other hand, has introduced a new tungsten velocity cartridge structure that places up to 26 grams low and deep in the driver’s head. Again, this increases MOI, making the Rogue ST one of the most forgiving drivers on the market.
Both are somewhat flashy looking, however it is the Stealth that stands out the most, with its red clubface providing an exciting and modern look that is not distracting behind the ball in setup. We understand that the red look won’t be to everyone’s liking, but we really like it as it’s not too recessive or over the top.
There’s also a lot to like about the Rogue ST. In particular, we loved how the matte crown contrasts with the lighter color of the clubface, making the loft very visible at address. When you combine this with the larger size (the Callaway looks bigger behind the ball than the more compact-looking TaylorMade), we thought the Rogue ST looked a bit more attractive and confidence-inspiring at address.
However, we felt Callaway lacked the same shelf appeal as Stealth. In terms of aspirational aesthetics, the latter sets the tone this year.
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Make no mistake: these are two of the best-feeling drivers of 2022. Clearly, the engineers working for both companies understand how to create drivers that sound powerful and deliver a very solid feel through impact. Both drivers have an excellent performance in this category.
Since the TaylorMade Stealth has a carbon fiber face instead of titanium, you may be concerned that it will feel a bit lifeless. That, however, is not the case. The tone is slightly louder than previous models, but is still extremely powerful and satisfying. We thought it was very well balanced.
The Rogue ST Max is very different from the Epic Max of the previous generation. It has a duller, less high-pitched impact sound that we loved. Wherever you hit this controller in the face, it feels extremely solid.
Both models are among the best performers of 2022, and our test data in the chart below highlights that. In truth, there was very little to choose between them in terms of performance. Launch, flight, and total distance were remarkably similar. However, there were few differences in performance that we noticed.
The Rogue ST Max has a slight built-in draft bias. This was noticed during our testing and for those golfers who tend to miss the target with the odd cut, this could be a key feature.
We also loved how stable the Rogue ST Max felt. We can only think that the 11.5g tungsten weight, placed at the rear of the clubhead, works well to improve the overall consistency of performance.
The Stealth, with its more compact look and neutral setup, felt easy to shape and offered excellent control over both flight and trajectory.
Interestingly, both drivers delivered very solid, low-spin performance (given the clubhead speed of around 112 mph). They are also very consistent in terms of spin. Both drivers delivered similar ball speeds and spin rates, even when we failed to hit the ball from the center of the clubface.
Lastly, both the Stealth and Rogue ST Max provide a lot of adaptability, with both offering various axle and lie options for you to experiment with and find the right balance and setup for your game.
Which one should you choose?
Choose TaylorMade Stealth if…
– You’re looking for a more compact look at the address
– You want a controller with a lively yet powerful feel
– You are looking for something that stands out in the bag and behind the ball
Choose the Callaway Rogue ST Max if…
– You’re looking for a slight draw bias
– You are looking for confidence in the configuration.
– You want something that sounds powerful through impact