POWAY, Calif. – How popular is Aldila’s Rogue shaft on the PGA Tour?
Just follow the breadcrumbs. Many of the Tour’s top golfers have beaten a path to Aldila headquarters here in Poway.
For 46 PGA Tour events in a row, the Aldila Rogue shaft has been the No. 1 driver shaft on Tour. Victories by Tour players using a Rogue driver shaft total 14 (and that doesn’t count Jordan Spieth’s back-to-back triumphs in the Australian Open and Hero World Challenge).
“Everybody’s talking about the shaft,” said John Oldenburg, Aldila’s vice president of engineering and product development. “Rogue still has tremendous momentum. We’re looking at expanding the Rogue family, although we won’t have anything new probably until August or September.”
The Rogue is constructed with an expensive carbon fiber material called pitch. Save your lunch money.
Two choices are available to consumers. The Rogue Limited Edition, manufactured in the same facility where Tour players’ shafts are made, costs $600. The Rogue Tour, produced in Asia, sells for $285. These are street prices.
For most consumers, Rogue Tour comes in two versions: Rogue Silver (stiff tip, low launch) and Rogue Black (softer tip, higher trajectory). Both cost $285. Flexes are R, S and X for both the Silver and Black. Rogue Silver comes in weights of 60 or 70 grams. Rogue Black has weights of 69, 70 or 80 grams.
In general terms, the Rogue is a stout shaft, but Oldenburg tried to put this in perspective. “I think it is well documented that the shaft appeals to a wide variety of players. Yes, the regular flex feels slightly firmer than some R-flex shafts, but there is a reason for this.”
Two reasons, actually. The first: The Rogue is counterbalanced (the balance point is moved up toward the grip) to accommodate more head weight. The second: All the flexes, including the R, can handle extra length if desired.
Fitting, of course, is crucial to determine the proper model, length, weight and flex.
Oldenburg said the company’s NV shafts had been its most popular, “but the NV never did as well on Tour as the Rogue is doing right now.”