WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW: The new Callaway Paradym family of riders (the highly forgiving, adjustable-weight Paradym; the high ejection, anti-slicing Paradym X and the lap-inspired, low-return Paradym ⬥⬥⬥) use an all-carbon composite midsection made up of multiple components. The entire body of the stick head is 44 percent lighter than a titanium one. This weight savings, combined with the three different face designs, means a more efficient system for transferring energy to the ball to produce the specific levels of forgiveness and ball speed required by different types of players.
PRICE: 600 dollars. Paradim, Paradim X (9, 10.5, 12 degrees); Paradim⬥⬥⬥ (8, 9, 10.5 degrees). Available at retail on February 24.
3 WONDERFUL THINGS
1. The less the weight of the body, the better. The benefits of carbon composite in drivers are not complicated. It is lighter than titanium, so the weight saved can be adapted to provide more forgiveness on false hits and more energy on solid hits. In most cases these are pieces of carbon composite that form parts of the crown or base or are supported by a titanium shell. In Callaway’s new Paradym drivers, the entire body is made of carbon composite. The two sections that make up the top and the bottom are glued together, providing a savings of about 20 grams compared to the titanium it replaces. In simplest terms, this also allows the same size driver to have a higher moment of inertia (stability on off-center hits) than one made entirely of titanium. It also doesn’t require stretching the size back and forth to increase forgiveness, which can make it less efficient in terms of ease of turning the head and squaring the face.
While there was more to the simple math of relocating so many grams in the head, Callaway’s team also helped create three different types of rider performance using the weight saved from the carbon composite body: a versatile design with adjustability to meet the needs of most average players (Paradym ); a tongue-fighting model that launches higher (Paradym X); and a model that can optimize spin performance for better players swinging faster (Paradym⬥⬥⬥).
The jailbreak build works with new multiplex face designs, both of which are the result of extensive computational analysis and artificial intelligence. These calculations were supplemented by thousands of simulations based on impact models of typical players targeted by three different models. For example, a better player may rarely make contact with the heel or never want the ball to go to the left, so face and head designs for Paradym⬥⬥⬥ focus more on increasing false kicks towards the toe and softening the potential draw bias. For the less skilled gamer, the Paradym X’s design may have to find ways to spread forgiveness across a much larger area of the face and avoid missing a slice at all costs.
2. How do the new Jailbreak and new face designs make it easier to find your t-shirt shots? When Callaway first introduced the Jailbreak build in 2017, the inner bars connecting the crown and base at the back of the face changed the way the body of the bat brought more energy to the face. This year’s version continues the same theme with a wishbone-like structure that is now 33 percent lighter but stiffens the crown and sole for more stretch. Callaway explains the internal structure of the carbon composite body and the new Jailbreak system with this image:
“This is a very different focus than before,” said Evan Gibbs, Callaway’s director of forest research and development. “In the past, we might have been just looking at the throwing conditions, but now we’re looking at where the ball goes and how we can manipulate the yawn of the face to influence what happens down there.”
3. Which one is for me? The Main Paradym is built with higher off-center hit stability than recent past models, but adds a rear-shifted weight to fine-tune pulls and fades. Paradym X is an attractiveness-enhancing model with a larger profile to encourage a sense of forgiveness; and Paradym⬥⬥⬥ are designed to optimize performance for highly skilled players who swing faster. Paradym mixes its optional weight between slightly forward external tungsten cartridge to increase ball velocity and then backwards with sliding weight structure and 15 gram weight on rear perimeter. Counterweight supports stability on off-center strikes for better ball speed on false hits.
Meanwhile, the Paradym X, which is taller from front to rear than other models, adds another five grams to the rear for a deeper center of gravity, which helps the club shoot naturally higher and to the left. Finally, the Paradym⬥⬥⬥ is geared towards elite players with its compact shape, neutral ball flight, and front and rear base weights, as fast swinging players can control spin to best optimize distance and dispersion. The heavy weight is 14 grams and the light weight is two, and placing the heavy weight forward reduces the spin by 300 rpm, according to the company.
All three models feature Callaway’s attic range of plus-two degrees from ceiling to minus one degree, plus an adjustable hose system that offers neutral or pull settings regardless of these loft changes.
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