Callaway Paradym Super Hybrid Review

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The Callaway Paradym Super Hybrid combines driver technology for distance with the playability of a hybrid length club.  Great fairway wood replacement when precision is essential.

Introduction

If you’re surprised to be reading about another Paradym club, you’re not alone.  The PIG crew thought we were done with Paradym reviews months ago.  We had reviewed 3 drivers, 3 fairways, 2 hybrids, and 2 sets of irons – a complete family in anyone’s book.  And while I was heralding the Paradym family as one of the best releases in recent memory, Callaway had one more ace up their sleeve – the Super Hybrid.

Looks

While a type of club is typically obvious, the Callaway Paradym Super Hybrid might lead to some head scratching from a visual perspective.  Without seeing “Hybrid” on the sole, the casual observer could easily vacillate between thinking it’s a hybrid and fairway wood.  The head has the shaping of a hybrid, but the size leans more towards a fairway wood.  At address, that bigger size made me feel like the shaft was too short, but I liked that the head sat ever so slightly open. The Super Hybrid is clearly part of the Paradym family, but again the lineage is blurred.  The carbon crown and connector tabs of the body framework on the trailing edge display DNA of the woods.  Face on, the wide yet shallow face is hybrid-esque.   Interestingly, the sole is unique among the family, inviting a “check me out, I’m different” vibe.

Sound & Feel

I had the benefit of a second set of ears and hands at my initial test session when Ryan, one of the Golf Professionals at my club, happened to be at the range.  We were both struck with how pleasing the sound, a solid click, of the Callaway Paradym Super Hybrid was.  Neither loud nor soft, the volume and tone are best described as rewarding. The sound and feel didn’t waver much with strike location, but it was easy to discern where the impact was.  Solid was again the key adjective.

Performance

Before I get into details, read this snippet from Callaway:  “The all-new Paradym Super Hybrid is designed specifically to be easier to hit than a fairway wood, and to give you the confidence to take on the most demanding shots.”  Picture yourself with a tee shot that requires accuracy over pure distance, or that slightly too long approach shot that needs to sneak between a bunker and pond for success, and the benefits of the Callaway Paradym Super Hybrid come into focus. To achieve this design, Callaway engineers incorporated driver features into an oversized hybrid frame.  More specifically, the Super Hybrid has a titanium body, triaxial carbon crown, and a titanium face – all selected to provide power and forgiveness. For a more penetrating launch than the base Paradym [full review HERE] and the most forgiving X [full review HERE] hybrids, they positioned a tungsten cartridge low and forward in the sole of the Callaway Paradym Super Hybrid.  The low launch pairs with low spin, which kept the ball right on target with ample run out.  Compared to my love/hate relationship history with fairway woods, the shaft length of the Paradym Super Hybrid had me confident that I could execute the shot at hand. Ryan had similar results, although with a peak trajectory (still mid) that seemed a mile past mine.  It was noteworthy to both of us that the regular flex UST Mamiya Recoil shaft performed so well for him as a much stronger player.  We concluded the Callaway Paradym Super Hybrid fulfilled a need similar to the driving iron he carries, but with the added forgiveness most golfers need.  Adjustability is also a plus.

Conclusion

The Callaway Paradym Super Hybrid performed precisely as advertised – driver-like power with hybrid confidence.  For green holding spin or strong performance out of the rough, stick with one of the non “Super” Paradym hybrids.  But for golfers who struggle a bit with fairway woods, the Paradym Super Hybrid is definitely worth a spot in the bag.  In any case, the Super Hybrid is a worthy addition to the Paradym family.

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19 Comments

  1. Seems like this is very similar to the Apex UW with a bigger face and possibly a bit more forgiveness?

    • Matt Meeker

      I didn’t test the Apex UW, so I can’t offer head to head comparisons. But from reading Matt’s review LINK there are some similarities, but also some differences. The key is to choose the one that best aligns with your goals – and of course demo.

      – Meeks

  2. Did you try all the lofts? At your speed, did you have problems elevating the 16?

  3. Just like Johnny, I’m interested in a comparison between the Paradym Super Hybrid and the Apex UW. I’ve read both reviews. I’ve also hit the Paradym Super Hybrid and the previous generation of the UW — just not recently enough that the data would make for a useful comparison.

    I know Matt M. mentioned he hasn’t hit the UW — anybody out there that has hit both?

    When I hit the PSH, what surprised me most was that it didn’t seem to have much draw bias … it just wants to go straight. The peak height of the 18 degree PSH was, oddly, a few feet higher than my 7 wood, which is 20.25 degrees.

    I would definitely expect the UW to be more workable. Not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing — probably depends on the player and the day!

    • Scott Hansen

      I have both in the bag, 17* UW is my 3 wood replacement and hits it almost as far from any lie. Which I love a lot, that club is a weapon. Just got the super paradym, in 21* for some of the tighter par 4s I have on my course. This so far has been very accurate and is a fairway finder. I had to get a different shaft, the recoil was terrible. As soon as I swapped it for a Tensei shaft flew great. They are very different clubs and I use them as the two clubs between driver and irons. I just found that a 7 wood flew too high for me for my use case.

  4. Is this club forgiving or only for low handicaps. Seniors etc.

  5. mrpricerisright

    I have three of the original super hybrids in the bag, 17, 20, 23 set to 19, 22, 25 and I absolutely love eml, though I would say the 23 has some draw bias. I also have an Epic super hybrid 18 (19) which is ok. Decided to splurge on this and have just played 2 rounds with the new paradym super hybrid, 18 (19) and I like it,. It is almost identical to the original super hybrid 17 in head size, shape and look (carbon crown, ti flash face) with a tad shallower face. I should say as a super senior, I’m impressed with the neutral ball flight, forgiveness and distance, its easy to hit and straight, for me an effortless 190 yd club. I keep experimenting with this club bracket more than perhaps any other (have a sim ti 5 wood and have hit the 19 UW) but this super hybrid is quite possibly the easiest to hit of them all. I’m about to experiment with an autoflex shaft in it in the next few weeks…

  6. Love the forgiveness aspect. I play the Rogue 4 hybrid now – when I hit it well, its great, but I am very inconsistent – need more forgiveness for sure. Thanks for the review. #DoubleSecret

  7. Todd Williams

    Hybrids are like 3-woods to me. They stay in the bag forever. #DoubleSecret

  8. harley towler

    what do you think about a 81 yr. old slow [70 sw]speed ,high handicapper using one of these?

  9. Larry Beller

    Matt,
    I have a Callaway Rogue St 21 degree 7 wood that I hit very well. What loft would I need for the Super Hybrid to fit between my Driver and 7 wood and would this club effectively be a 3 or 5 wood replacement?

    • Looking at loft alone can be tricky Larry. Height, carry, etc. can also play into gapping. Simplistically, the 16 or 18 degree models would obviously fit, but you may find the 21 Super Hybrid to be the best for your needs. Bottom line is there’s no way to know for sure without knowing the performance of your 7 wood and seeing what the Paradym does for you.

      – Meeks

    • Mrpriceisright

      My personal experience has been that the 18 /3h performs closest to a 18 / 5 fairway wood (of course ymmv). Worth noting the shaft is an inch or so shorter (stock) than the wood and you have loft adjustability of -1 through +2 for fine tuning.

  10. Matt,
    I’m curious about what club you would replace to add the Super Hybrid if you were to put it in your bag? Also do you feel the 16 degree would be as useful as the 18 degree you tested?

    • If you look closely at my WITB page – LINK – you’ll note that I actually have room for an additional club. For me, a 16° would almost certainly not be as good as the 18. But that’s all based on my swing and such Larry. I can’t recommend enough that you need to go hit this club to find what works best for you. And please come back and tell us what you end up with and how it worked out regardless.

      – Meeks

  11. This is a great informative site Matt, much appreciated from down under West Australia. I will definitely try the Callaway Paradym Super Hybrid as I was looking to upgrade my 3 and 5 fairway woods.
    Regards

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