Gear: Callaway Paradym, Paradym X, Paradym Triple Diamond drivers
Price: $599.99 with Aldila Ascent PL Blue shaft, Project X HZRDUS Silver shaft, Project X HZRDUS Black shaft or Mitsubishi Kai’Li White shaft and Golf Pride Tour Velvet grips.
Specs: Forged carbon composite with titanium face, moveable weight and adjustable hosel.
Available: Feb. 24
Who They’re For: Golfers who want more ball speed and tighter downrange dispersion.
The Skinny: By making the entire middle portion of the Paradym drivers with carbon fiber, Callaway created significant amounts of discretionary weight that – in combination with hitting areas designed using artificial intelligence, Jailbreak and adjustability – can lead to more distance and tighter downrange dispersion.
The Deep Dive: In addition to all having an adjustable hosel that lets players and fitters increase or decrease the lofts, the Paradym, Paradym X and Paradym Triple Diamond share three features that enhance their performance.
Callaway has designed drivers with carbon fiber crowns for years because the lightweight material is strong, and taking the weight out of the top lowers the center of gravity to enhance performance. The company also has designed drivers that have carbon fiber in portions of the sole to strategically remove more weight. Now with the Paradym drivers, Callaway is using two different types of carbon fiber in the center of the head and removing all the titanium and metal pieces in that area.
The crown is made using triaxial carbon fiber that is especially strong, while the sole is made from forged composite created by chopping up carbon fiber pieces, melting them together then shaping the material. Opting for forged carbon allowed Callaway designers to create shapes that could not be manufactured in other ways. The result of bonding the two carbon fiber areas is a chassis that is 44 percent lighter than a titanium body.
In 2017, Callaway debuted a technology called Jailbreak in the Great Big Bertha Epic driver. It was a pair of internal bars that connected the club’s sole and crown. At impact the Jailbreak bars stiffened the chassis so energy would be redirected back to the ball instead of being wasted in deforming the head.
Callaway has tweaked and updated Jailbreak over the last six…