Callaway is a company used to raising the bar but its new range of Paradym clubs certainly represents another breakthrough in the evolution of club manufacturing.
The Californian company has joined the Carbon revolution for 2023 with its own take on getting the best out of the ultra-lightweight composite. And the results are pretty startling across the new range of woods, fairways, hybrids and irons. They will all be available to buy on February 24th.
No doubt stealing the show is the driver range Callaway has created:
• The Paradym Driver for low handicap and mid-range players
• The Paradym X driver which is designed for high handicappers who need assistance with getting a high launch and like a draw bias
• The Paradym Triple Diamond for elite golfers, which has a slightly smaller head and is designed for those who want the option of working the ball.
Most eye-catching is the weight loss achieved in the paradym series. The fundamental change comes in the centre of the club where Callaway has created the first 360 degree carbon chassis.
While supremely stable, the new chassis is a staggering 44% lighter than its titanium predecessor and when you consider the original Callaway Rogue was 244 grams, you can see how much of a saving it represents. This enormous weight reduction has given Callaway design options and one of the stand-out additions to the standard Paradym driver is a 15g sliding weight which the company claims offers “an average of 12 yards of shot shape corrections.”
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Callaway has also gone back to its cutting edge AI system of creating faces with the emphasis on reducing the dispersion, a phrase that has become increasingly prevalent in the game. In old money this means the club stays straighter regardless of where you make contact on the face.
In terms of testing with tour pros, John Rahm, Xander Schauffele and Rose Zhang all gained around 2% in ball speed compared to the Rogue ST, which does not sound massive but these are elite players who have had all their clubs fine tuned to perfection.
The average golfer can expect bigger returns and the extreme lightweight nature of the Paradym will naturally help those looking to up their swing speeds.
Callaway has also incorporated its two proprietory carbon materials – triaxial carbon and forged carbon – into the three-pronged fairway wood range but only on the sole while the two new hybrids have become more wood shaped and they both have a cut-waved sole to help retain energy in the face.
The irons (Paradym and Paradym X) are aimed at the top end of the market and have been brought in alongside Callaway’s Apex and Rogue range. At nearly £1,200 you will expect a lot but it really delivers thanks to a cutting-edge 455 Face, again created by Callaway’s AI design technology. It will go a long way to smoothing out the fall-out created by off-centre connections and they are certain to be hugely popular with players of all standards.
Irons (4-52 deg): Steel £1199; Graphite £1299
Pre sales / fitting date: January 20th
Available in Europe: February 24th