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The Callaway Paradym driver has very impressive forgiveness. Straight and long. Sliding weight does a lot to change feel and dispersion.
When it comes to introductions, Callaway couldn’t have scripted a better one for their new Paradym driver. In the first three weeks of the 2023 PGA Tour season, it’s been the only driver in the winner’s circle. But is this technological marvel only made for the likes of Jon Rahm? Not at all – this is a driver every golfer will want in their bag.
The most eye-catching thing about the Callaway Paradym driver is the blue that covers most of the head. When I saw early pictures, I was a bit skeptical, worried that it would be too much. When I got it in hand, I saw that it is much more subdued. In bright sun, the blue does pop, but it’s dark enough that it doesn’t look like a toy. The texture of the blue, particularly on the sole, is unique and visually engaging.
At address, the standard Paradym driver has a very nice shape. It’s not overly large in any dimension, and it’s nearly symmetrical. It hits a sweet spot where better players and high handicappers alike will feel confident standing over it. I particularly like how the matte blue front edge holds your focus right next to the ball.
Both on the sole and in the playing position, Callaway demonstrates their mastery of adding a lot of details without making the club look busy. At address, there’s the blue carbon and also matte elements at the front and back. On the sole, there’s a sliding weight, bold Paradym branding, and technology callouts, but it’s all kept in balance. I’ve been saying this for several years, and I think it’s still true: no one tops Callaway when it comes to the aesthetics of a modern driver.
Sound & Feel
The Paradym driver threads the needle by having an impact sound that’s distinctive without being obnoxious. It’s a poppy “thwack” that’s average in volume and mid-pitch. Additionally, it’s extremely consistent. At the launch event, I listened to literally hundreds of shots and was not able to distinguish a pure strike from a miss.
Through the hands, the Paradym is very solid. Your hands also are responsible for delivering most of the feedback. This driver is very stable, so you will need to pay attention if you want to precisely locate your impact point.
My first experience with the Callaway Paradym driver put its forgiveness to the test. I’d barely swung a driver in two months, and I had been standing or on a plane for the last ten hours. Despite the deck being stacked against it, the Paradym showed off the 15% improved dispersion that Callaway is touting. I was all over the club face, but every shot was playable and several were laser straight.
When I got my own Paradym driver in hand for more testing, the forgiveness was even more impressive. I continued to see the same tight dispersion, but I got to put numbers to the standout ball speed. Every shot that I hit near the center of the face produced a smash factor of 1.48 or better. When I wandered out toward the toe or heel, I was still in the mid 1.4s! Between the consistency of the sound and ball speed, your playing partners may think you never miss the center of the face.
All of this forgiveness is powered by three key technologies. The first is a 360° Carbon Chassis. Callaway uses no titanium in the body of the Paradyn giving them extra weight to position for ball speed and stability. Second is the new Jailbreak system. It’s 33% lighter than the previous version while still adding ball speed to off-center strikes. Finally, Callaway continues to use AI to design their club faces. This makes them faster across all strikes and tightens dispersion.
In all the talk about the ball speed and forgiveness, an element that’s slid under the radar is the sliding weight. This 15 gram weight made a significant impact in my testing. First, moving it from center to extreme toe or heel markedly changed how the club felt. Even more important, is the way is changed the dispersion. During one test session, I was hitting shots that were strong draws/borderline hooks. Sliding the weight to the toe cut the curvature in half, making most shots pleasant baby draws.
Finally, I found the Callaway Paradym driver to be mid launch and spin. With the 9 degree head, I was launching the ball between 12 and 13 degrees on most shots with spin in the mid to low 2000s. As expected, both launch and spin were quite robust. Callaway is offering four stock shafts from Fujikura, Aldila, and Project X so you can find the feel, launch, and spin that work best for your swing.
If you need lower spin, check out the Paradym Triple Diamond driver HERE
For more forgiveness and draw bias, check out the Callaway Paradym X driver HERE
The Callaway Paradym driver can’t guarantee you a top finish on the PGA Tour, but it can help you find the fairway more often. This driver is a technological wonder – long, consistent, and straight. Make sure to get it fit to your swing, and you may enjoy your best season off the tee.
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