Callaway just started off its 2023 golf season strong with the release of the new Paradym driver line up. There are three Paradym models to fit your swing and offer cutting edge technology to enhance distance, forgiveness, and control spin. I was fortunate enough to hit all three models, only on the range so far, and came away impressed with the entire line. For a more detailed review, please take a listen to the Club Junkie below or on any podcast platform. Just search GolfWRX Radio.
The “standard” Paradym driver is the bread and butter option that should fit a wide range of golfers. From tour professionals to high handicaps will be playing this head with the amount of adjustment available. I like the look from address and think the combination of gloss blue carbon fiber goes well with the matte black front of the head. The shape also looks less stretched from face to back compared to the Rogue ST and the transition from hosel to the topline is cleaner and smoother. The sound is also improved to my ear with a much more muted and lower pitched “crack” sound at impact. The feel is also very good and you can feel the ball compress off the face on center strikes and are gently reminded that you missed the center with slightly louder sound and vibration to the hands. Ball Speed on the Paradym is excellent on center strikes, as you would expect, but the driver can keep the speeds high even when out on the toe or low heel. Ball flight was very straight with neutral with gentle draws and the ball falling to the left on well struck shots. You have the ability to use the rear sliding weight to adjust the bias of the driver, but felt very neutral to me. The launch is mid/high and low spin. I average a launch angle of 12.3 degrees and a spin rate of 3,029RPM with the Project X HZRDUS Silver shaft and range golf balls. Dispersion was tight and I felt like the Paradym wanted to go as hard left when I gave it my dreaded hook swing.
Paradym Triple Diamond
This “players” head is definitely more compact at address, shorter from face to back, but still has enough of a footprint to give you confidence that you don’t have to play on tour to hit it. The sound was a smidge louder than the Paradym and with just a little more of a metallic sound to it. I still really liked how muted the Triple Diamond sounded and the feel was solid. Center strikes were met with a soft impact where you again could feel the ball compress off the face. Shots outside of the center were again met with minimal noise and vibration increases. The shocking thing about the Triple Diamond was how forgiving it was on those mishits. Ball speed stayed up and I averaged 145.2MPH ball speed and a 1.46 smash factor through my session. The other surprising thing with the Triple Diamond was how straight poor swings went and with the heavy weight in the rear the Triple Diamond is a very playable driver. This head launched the lowest for me at 11.1 degrees and spun the least at 2,929RPM with range golf balls. I did notice that moving the heavier weight (14g) forward would reduce the spin for me around 250RPM without really effecting my launch angle too much.
The X is the most forgiving head in the Paradym lineup and also has the largest footprint when you set it down. But even with the larger footprint, the shape is proportional and has a much cleaner look to it than last year. It is a bit more round and less triangular at the back for a look that I really like. It did launch the highest out of the 3 drivers for me at an average of 14.6 degrees but the spin still was low for me at 2,998 RPM. Shots with the X were high with a little draw on them. The X is very easy to turn over and provided more of a gentle draw than a big hook like some would think this driver might do. I am a player who naturally hits a draw and the Paradym X didn’t make it any stronger, if anything it took the right side of the course out of play.
Overall, I am very impressed with my initial testing of the Callaway Paradym drivers. Performance was very good and the biggest thing that stood out was the consistency of the spin number on off center hits. Hitting shots high, low, toe, or heel on the face never resulted in a spin number that was wildly high or low, everything stayed within a few hundred RPM of a center strike. I didn’t notice it at first, but after the range I was looking at the numbers and it really stood out. I think it is in your best interest to add the Paradym to your list of drivers to try this year!
Max Homa’s winning WITB: 2023 Farmers Insurance Open
Driver: Titleist TSR3 (10 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei 1K Black 65 TX
3-wood: Titleist TSR3 (16.5 degrees, C1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue TR 8 X
7-wood: Titleist TSR2 (21 degrees, C1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD XC 9 TX
Irons: Titleist T100S (4), T100 (5), Titleist 620 MB (6-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour $-Taper 130 X
Wedges: Vokey Design SM9 (46-10F, 50-12F, 56-14F, 60-04L)
Shafts: KBS TOUR $-Taper 130 X (46), KBS Hi Rev 2.0 125 S (56-60)
Putter: Scotty Cameron T-5.5 prototype
Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1
Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet
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