Gear: Callaway Paradym, Paradym X, Paradym Triple Diamond fairway woods
Price: $499.99 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: Carbon fiber crown with forged carbon composite pieces in the sole, C300 maraging steel cup face and adjustable hosel.
Available: Feb. 24
Who It’s For: Golfers who want an easy-to-hit fairway wood that delivers more distance.
The Skinny: Adding carbon fiber to the sole and creating a face using artificial intelligence helped Callaway increase ball speed, especially on thin-struck shots, while also boosting forgiveness.
The Deep Dive: Last season’s Rogue ST family of fairway woods was popular among tour players and weekend golfers, so bringing a new, better offering in 2023 was no small task for Callaway’s R&D team. However, by including some of the technologies found in the 2023 Paradym drivers in these new fairway woods, the company thinks it’s done the job.
The clubs share several technologies but have differences, too.
Fairway woods traditionally have been made using stainless steel because the material is durable and strong, but Callaway has used carbon fiber in the crown of many recent fairway woods to reduce weight on the top of the club and lower the center of gravity. The new Paradym and Paradym X fairway woods also have carbon fiber in the sole.
Forged carbon is made by chopping up pieces of carbon fiber, heating them and forging them into the desired shape. This manufacturing method allows designers to create forms that would not otherwise be possible using carbon fiber, and in the Paradym and Paradym X fairway woods, using it creates more discretionary weight.
The Paradym’s sole contains the most forged carbon, while the Paradym X has forged carbon in the toe section and stainless steel in the heel to create a draw bias. The Paradym Triple Diamond does not have any forged composite in the sole.
While the Paradym drivers have a new, Y-shaped internal Jailbreak bar behind the center of the hitting area to stiffen the chassis at impact, the Paradym fairway woods rely on a different Jailbreak system to…