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The Callaway Paradym irons provide excellent ball speed with ample forgiveness. Very appealing players look and wonderful feel.
One word dominated Matt Saternus’ review of the Callaway Paradym X irons [review HERE]: long. Knowing Callaway designers are experts at utilizing technology across their lineups, I wasn’t surprised to find similar results with the players distance, non X, version of the Paradym irons – but it was still an eye opening experience. And based on my conversations with fitters at Club Champion, the Paradym irons have generated a lot of “wow” moments.
The Callaway Paradym irons have the three aesthetic characteristics sought after in the players distance category: thin topline, minimal offset, and a compact profile. What makes them stand out in the category is the backside. Neither cavity back nor traditional hollow body, the irons truly look fantastic in the bag. The textured deep blue field is distinctive on its own, and pairs nicely with the other two segments.
As I examined the top line more closely, I discovered it’s not actually as thin as it appears. The combination of roundness on the trailing edge and the satin finish continuing from the face is magnificently deceptive – in a good way. The thicker framework benefits performance yet looks attractive at address. Well done, Callaway.
Sound & Feel
With my very first swing, a Callaway Paradym 7 iron, I mentally noted how good it felt – soft but energetic. The ball felt like it popped off the face effortlessly. With more swings and different irons, that pleasant feeling never wavered. My hands could sense impact location, but it was subtle. Callaway is understandably secretive about their patented urethane microspheres, so I don’t have anything to say other than the secret sauce behind the face really works.
The sound of the Paradym irons is in harmony with their feel. Medium in volume and pitch, the sound falls somewhere between a “click” and a “snap.” Crisp with centered contact, the sound becomes slightly duller with reasonable mishits.
Earlier, I touched on the framework of the Paradym head, so let me start there. Officially called Speed Frame, it creates the hollow body structure at the heart of performance. With the stiff frame, Callaway designers were able to employ a thinner face while maintaining stability.
Forged from high-strength 455 stainless steel, each face was optimized for ball speed, launch, and spin utilizing A.I. technology. To further enhance launch and to promote forgiveness, Callaway precisely located tungsten weights both within the hollow body and externally as visually apparent on the rear of the toe.
All that tech sounds good, but did it have a noticeable effect? Absolutely. During my first test session it was clear the Callaway Paradym irons were longer than my gamers across the set. Trajectories were good, but what really caught my attention was how easy it was to get the golf ball airborne. And I really enjoyed being able to move the longer irons left or right.
Launch monitor results validated what I had observed. I picked up right around 5 yards with the Paradym irons. Ball speeds were excellent. Even my mishits were achieving 1.45 smash factors. Launch angles were consistently good. Spin was the only factor that wasn’t ideal for me – a bit on the low side.
As I examined the lofts of the Paradym irons, they seemed reasonable, but maybe a degree or two strong compared to other irons in the category. The lofts alone could easily explain my distance gains. The scary good thing is that with a better fitting shaft I could almost certainly get my spin numbers up, improving both carry distance and landing angle.
The Callaway Paradym irons check all the boxes in the players distance category, with a bonus check mark for forgiveness. If you’ve been playing game improvement irons, but have longed for the look and feel deemed only for better players, don’t hesitate to give the Paradym irons a try – you might just experience your own “wow” moment.
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