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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.