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The Callaway Paradym fairway wood produces amazing ball speeds while offering plenty of forgiveness. Rewarding sound and feel add to the appeal.
Mirroring their bigger sibling drivers, the Callaway Paradym fairway woods are available in three models: the standard featured in this review, the draw biased X [full review HERE], and, for stronger players, the Triple Diamond. In designing the standard Paradym fairway wood, Callaway focused on what the majority of golfers desire: high launch and a neutral ball flight. As someone who fits that profile, I put one to the test.
Every Paradym wood review we’ve published to date has featured a photo of the headcover in the Introduction, yet not one word about it has been written. I suspect that’s because we can’t decide if we like it or not. I love how the well-executed Paradym white stitching pops against the deep blue background, but the vinyl shine of that midsection makes my eyebrow furl in a questioning way. The materials do feel luxuriously soft and the fit is great. I’m still on the fence.
Moving on, at address the Paradym fairway wood has a lovely round shape that’s slightly toe-centric. The deep blue crown reveals its carbon construction when the light hits it right. The connector tabs of the body framework are visible, but not distracting.
Face on, you can also see the slight toe bias, but the shallow face height really is the more noteworthy element. The sole of the Paradym fairway conveys a lot of information. There’s the marbled blue “Forged Carbon” midsection, gold tungsten weight pod, “Jailbreak AI,” and classic Callaway logo. Overall, the club has a unique, yet appealing look.
Sound & Feel
Both my ears and my hands really enjoyed the results of contact with the Callaway Paradym fairway wood. Whether dead centered or slightly off, strikes had a rewarding woodsy “snap” that felt like the ball stayed on the face for an extra split second. I found the head very stable unless I wandered out towards the toe. Feedback was subtle, but I was able to verify impact locations via the moist spring grass that left clear ball imprints on the face.
Overall, I was pleased with the numbers I was achieving with the 3 HL Paradym fairway wood, but I was ecstatic about ball speed. I don’t recall ever posting a 1.49 smash factor with a fairway wood, let alone averaging that. As Matt Saternus stated in his review of the Paradym X, “If you’re looking for pure ball speed in your fairway wood, I don’t think anyone tops Paradym this year.”
Callaway once again turned to A.I. to optimize ball speeds and forgiveness of the Paradym fairway wood. The all-new Jailbreak Batwing moved the stiffening elements to the perimeter, stiffening the framework and allowing the face to flex more. More flex equates to faster ball speeds. The C300 maraging steel face itself was also optimized for each loft.
Weight distribution was the focus for delivering Callaway’s targeted high launch and low spin design. To give themselves the freedom to distribute weight where most needed, the designers utilized a light weight forged carbon sole. Next, they precisely positioned 23 grams of tungsten to set the CoG low and forward. I found that low CoG made it easy to get the ball airborne from the fairway or rough. Callaway doesn’t discuss the fluted rails of the sole, but from my observations, they seem to keep the club head flowing through the turf nicely. Spin was a bit too low for me, but that’s something I’m confident I could sort out during a proper fitting session.
Need lower spin? Check out the Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond FW HERE
The Callaway Paradym fairway wood gives a wide range of golfers the opportunity to hit the ball high, straight and far – shot after shot. With seven lofts, plus an adjustable hosel in both the 3W and 3 HL versions, Paradym fairway woods offer plenty of options. Bottom line, if you are in the market for a new fairway wood this year, the Callaway Paradym is a must try.
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