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For the 2023 edition of GOLF’s ClubTest, we’ve once again teamed up with Golf Laboratories to test the Autopilot. With the help of their swing bot, we can get a better picture of how each driver will perform at the same speed (95 mph), angle of delivery and attack in a 9-point face-mapping test. The result is an unbiased (and highly detailed) look at where each driver model excels.
Here are bot insights on Callaway’s all-new Paradym, Paradym X and Paradym Triple Diamond drivers. The Paradym line will be available in retail stores February 24, 2023. Receive all your new gear at Fairway Jockey.
1. Toe shots
For weekend golfers who routinely impact the toe (a common fault site), the Model And the X model Provide the necessary gear effect to keep the ball in play. According to Golf Laboratories founder Gene Parente, this has not always been the case with Callaway drivers in recent years.
“Over the past 10 years, toe shots haven’t had much of an effect on gear,” Parente said. “Toe shots stayed right, heel shots came back. This is the first year I’ve seen a really forgiving scatter pattern on Paradym and Paradym X.”
Golfers should expect toe shots to curve to the left (for a right-handed player), resulting in a tighter overall spread. Paradym X, in particular, was one of them narrow total dispersion From any driver we’ve tested. The result is a club that minimizes major errors.
Without a graphic-biased product in the lineup, we feel comfortable saying that both the Paradym and Paradym X have a slightly graphic look this year, if that’s something you need.
2. X indicates the spot
Talking about X model, was one of only five drivers we tested to lose a single-digit carry distance (6.6 yards)—a statistic that looks at the carry delta between center hit and the other eight positions (average) we tested on the face. For golfers who struggle with inconsistent contact, the X provides an ample amount of ball retention speed.
even better? The three toe and heel locations produced an average carry distance of just 6 yards. To put that number in perspective, some of the drivers we tested had deltas of 10 to 15 yards across the heel and toe impact sites. It’s an impressive improvement from Callaway.
3. Low turnover
Compared to the previous Rogue ST line, the Paradym and Paradym X produced, on average, 200 rpm lower rotation at 95 mph. Less spin can result in more load distance, provided the spin rate is not consistently lower than 2,000 rpm. for Triple diamond patternThe spin reduction, compared to the Rogue ST Triple Diamond, was about 100 rpm.
More club coverage for 2023: The technology behind the Callaway Paradym/Jungle Drivers | The technology behind Callaway Paradym irons | Watch: Insights from the Callaway Paradym bot test | WATCH: Inside the Callaway Paradym’s fitting irons | WATCH: Inside the Callaway Paradym driver installation
4. More speed
Across all three Paradym models, ball speed increased by 1 mph (average of all 9 points on a face), which generally equates to 3 extra yards. It’s always difficult to achieve notable improvements in ball speed from year to year, but Callaway has somehow managed to squeeze that extra 1 mile into the AI-designed clubs.
“This speed could be related to the fact that we rotated less,” Parenti said. “In fact, the power transfer can be attributed to that extra speed that we saw during testing.”
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