Aldila Rogue Black Golf Shaft

Aldila Rogue Black Golf Shaft 130MSI Review

By Paul Liberatore

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Time to read 5 min

A growing trend in golf shafts, especially driver shaft is counter balanced construction. Counter balanced products like Alidla’s Rogue Black 130 M.S.I. golf shaft can offer players more club head speeds, more ball speeds, and more forgiveness at impact. Moving mass up the golf club shaft enables club fitters and golfers to use more club head weight to create more stable and more forgiving configurations.


This additional mass can also lead to more ball speed and distance if your club head speed matches the fit and swing weight. Specifically, this challenge requires advanced materials to allow the golf shaft to work for the golfer and not against them. This review will see exactly how Aldila have managed to do that for golfers, even professionals including Phil Mickelson.

Key Features

The Rogue Black 130 M.S.I. name comes from the material stiffness index associated with the golf shaft. Higher M.S.I. will mean more stability and higher product quality.

The Rogue Black 130 M.S.I. is a mid-to-high launch, mid spinmid-spin golf shaft ideal for players wanting to maximize carry and total distances.

The Rogue Black features graphic carbon fiber and a higher balanced point.

Design and Technology

30 M.S.I. graphitic carbon fiber is intertwined throughout the Rogue Black golf shaft to create a more dynamic performance profile. As previously stated, 130 M.S.I. referred to the material stiffness index of the materials used and is extremely stable and leads to more explosive impacts.

The Rogue Black also uses a higher balance point to allow golfers to reconfigure their club head weights to get more ball speed, more distance, and more forgiveness by improving M.O.I. Each Rogue Black 130 M.S.I. is coated with aerospace grade Micro Laminate Technology to reduce dead zones and improve feedback through your entire golf swing.


PROS

  • DIALEAD graphitic carbon fiber and NexGen micro laminate technology help make the Rogue Black 130 M.S.I. stable and consistent through impact.
  • The higher balance point of the Rogue Black 130 M.S.I. golf shaft will lead to more club head speed, more distance, and more accuracy for some players.
  • The mid to high launch and mid spin attributes of the Rogue Black 130 M.S.I. golf shaft can create more carry distance for players that struggle to find speed off the tee.

CONS

  • Even for premium golf shafts, the Rogue Black 130 M.S.I. will be considered expensive by most players when added to a new driver or fairway wood.
  • Players seeking the performance benefits of higher balance points but who want ultra-low launch and low spin may be better suited to Rogue Silver.
  • Premium golf shafts like the Rogue Black 130 M.S.I. still are not easy to find in many local club fitting location and pro shops and can be hard to try before you buy.

Our Experience

As a person that is obsessed with the details of golf equipment, higher balance point golf shaft presents a unique opportunity to customize performance for a variety of golfers. The Rogue Black 130 M.S.I. can be leveraged to generate more ball speed and distance in some driver club heads while adding to the forgiveness. Combinations like the G400 Max and G410 Plus with the Rogue Black make excellent choices for players looking to get the most out of both distance and accuracy from a club fitting standpoint. Our testing showed that gains can absolutely be made by using different club heads with the advanced material construction of the Rogue Black shaft in terms of carry and total driving distance.


The Rogue Black 130 M.S.I. is an outstanding golf shaft that provides a new avenue to exploit some extra distance in your golf swing. The counterbalance design can also help many players tighten up their strike point and create more club head speeds leading to even more distance. If there is an issue with the Rogue Black, it is that it can lack versatility in the fairway metals as often times, higher balance points show more benefit when golf balls can be struck from a tee. Importantly, however, these results are highly dependent on the swing characteristics of each golfer.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Aldila Rogue Black 130 M.S.I. shaft designed for?

The Aldila Rogue Black 130 M.S.I. shaft is designed for golfers who swing fast and hard, requiring stability and a smooth feel. It is a mid-high launch, mid-spin shaft with a reinforced tip section and a higher balance point, making it suitable for players with higher swing speeds.

What are the key differences between the Rogue Black and the Rogue Silver?

The key differences between the Rogue Black and the Rogue Silver are the tip section and torque. The Rogue Black has a softer tip, while the Rogue Silver has a stiffer tip. The Rogue Black also has higher torque than the Rogue Silver, making it more suitable for golfers who prefer a more lively feel.

How does the Rogue Black 130 M.S.I. compare to other shafts in terms of feel and performance?

The Rogue Black 130 M.S.I. is known for its smooth, active feel and stable tip. It is designed to provide a strong, smooth kick, making it suitable for golfers who want a consistent and controlled swing. In terms of performance, it is a mid-high launch, mid-spin shaft, which is ideal for golfers who want a balance between distance and accuracy.

Q4: What are the recommended swing speeds for the Rogue Black 130 M.S.I. shaft?

The recommended swing speeds for the Rogue Black 130 M.S.I. shaft vary based on the weight and flex. For the 60-gram shaft, the recommended swing speeds are 80-105 mph. For the 70-gram shaft, the recommended swing speeds are 91-105 mph. For the 80-gram shaft, the recommended swing speeds are 106 mph or higher.

How does the Rogue Black 130 M.S.I. shaft compare to other high-end shafts?

The Rogue Black 130 M.S.I. shaft is part of the Aldila Rogue series, which is known for its high performance and consistency. It is designed to provide a smooth, stable feel and consistent performance, making it comparable to other high-end shafts like the Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black and the Mitsubishi Diamana D+ LE.

Conclusion

The limitations of club head advancements mean that a great fit and higher performance golf shaft can be the quickest way to more distance from the tee in your game. Some players will find instant success with the higher balance point design of the Rogue Black 130 M.S.I. shaft. 


Moving more weight into the club head paired with the high strength and rogue Black can create a more efficient loading pattern and better energy transfer through the entire golf swing. Results will always be player dependent, but the Rogue Black gives players and club fitters more options that can be used to create more club head speed, more distance, and improved forgiveness.

Paul Liberatore

Paul Liberatore

As the Founder of Golfers Authority Paul Liberatore Esq. has spent the last 7+ years writing about the best golf equipment or instruction from the top golf instructors in the world. He has been a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated Golf and GolfWRX. After graduating with honors from Purdue University, he realized that he had a passion for the golf business and the law. When he's not practicing law, or creating golf content on YouTube, he can be found on his syndicated Behind the Golf Brand podcast talking with the most prolific leaders in the golf industry. 

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