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    Forum Staff Picks - Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond

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    The Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond driver has been a standout pick for Forum Staff Members in 2023. It has made the way into 3 bags with great success and with that it has lead several other staff members to test, consider or seriously look into purchasing one. 

    So what makes this driver special and separate itself form the pack? There are a lot of great drivers out there and it would easy to see every staff member playing a different model. 

    The Staff Members

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    First let's start by saying the current three staff members gaming the Paradym Triple Diamond are solid golfers. With handicaps between 1 and 7 they can get around a golf course and all have the potential to shoot very low. It is also fair to say all three (much like the rest of the staff) are pretty big club junkies. They have all played several models and brands prior before landing on the Paradym, so it is definitely not a hype thing.

    Standout Features - Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond

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    Forgiveness - This has been stated by all of them who have put this in the bag. Despite its smaller shape and better player profile it boasts ample forgiveness. We are not talking PING level forgiveness, however for two of the three staff members (myself and Ben Joest) we have had our fair share of struggles off the tee. There is even a full thread about it made by Ben Joest you can find here. This driver has managed to cure many of those woes and rebuilt confidence in their tee game making significant strides to bettering their scores by having confidence off the tee and hitting more fairways. 

    Profile - This may not matter to many, however for these three it is a big factor in why this driver has performed well. The smaller, deep faced profile may not be confidence inspiring to all, however the compact shape is exactly what we look for in a driver. Not a big triangle or overly round, but a profile that suits the eye of those looking for a compact head. 

    Distance & Spin - These often go hand in hand and while it may not be the absolute longest driver available, it is still long. The consistency in spin numbers are also impressive making dispersion front to back a lot smaller compared to others. With all three being relatively high swing speed players the ability to keep spin lower and not spiking means distance stays up. 

    Lofts - GolfSpy_BNG is a low loft guy. I mean he has played Bryson level lofts in his driver and the ability to go low with the sleeve and still retain spin for him is impressive. The various Callaway loft sleeves make it a very enticing option for those look at either low low lofts or bumping the loft up like Ben Joest and Golfspy_APH. 

    Shafts - This was an area all three played around with. Ben Joest settled on a Ventus Black before it broke, so his is tbd. BNG settled on a Ventus Blue and APH ended up playing a Graphite Design AD DI. This is something that should not be underrated and finding the proper shaft is critical. 

    Shot Shape Bias - Where I found several tour style heads to be farily fade bias I can honestly say it is pretty neutral. Checking in with the others I think they all agree with this assessment. 

    Downside?

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    So is this perfect?

    Well no, I don't think any driver is or ever will be. In particular the color is not something everyone loves. Is fine with or likes sure, but not something BNG loves. I don't think any of us would be surprised to see him move to an all black version. 

    It is certainly a feature of this driver, but the option moving weights of the Paradym is something that some may miss. 

    Final Thoughts

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    I have come to love this driver. To say I have played a few drivers this season would be a massive understatement. I have a whole thread commenting on my driver journey this season. While a few were great there was one small issue with them. It was that they weren't the Paradym Triple Diamond. Backing up a little, I hit this driver at a demo day and was floored. What caught me off guard was the height and flight. The ball came out hot and seemed to stay in the air forever. It was this feeling and shot I was searching for in others. The closest to come was the PING G430 LST (another great driver). From COBRA to Titleist to PING to PXG and to other Callaway drivers I was searching for what I saw on the range with the Paradym Triple Diamond. I finally decided to stop searching and just get what had made begin the search in the start. 

    Since then I have been thrilled and it is very hard for me to knock this driver in any aspect. Below there are more comments from the other staff members who chimed in with their thoughts and feelings on the driver. 

    What do you think? Would this driver work for you? Have you tried it already? How did it work or didn't for you?

    Also for Cyber Monday Callaway Pre-Owned has 30% with Deals on this driver it is hard to pass up! 

     

     

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    I can hang with even the best club ho’s out there for sure.  I started the winter sim league with a Ping G430 LST(before public release), a Srixon ZX5 LS, then moved to the Mizuno ST-Z 230. The mizuno started  in the bag when actual golf started for me in Iowa before moving on to the Cobra LTDX 5.5* LD head. The Cobra was easily the longest when hit in the screws.   From there I tested a few different head/shaft combos at my local golf shop before settling on the Paradym TD 8*. 
     

    The Paradym TD 8* head has been in the bag since the end of May(longest I have had a driver in the bag since probably 2010).  It has been the most consistent driver in terms of spin/launch/distance. For me it wasn’t the longest or lowest spinning head I hit when trying them but the window for both stayed the tightest. 
    I started with the Vanquish 5s for a good chunk of the year and it was great. Went back to the OG Ventus Blue 5R(couldn’t test this at first) and it was even better.  Also gave the Hzrdus Gen 4 Limited Edition ion finish 5.5 to end the year. So far this head performs with whatever shaft I throw in it which says a ton about the head in my eyes. 

    The shape of the Paradym TD is just perfect to my eye.  Slightly smaller profile but not too small.  Ever so slightly triangular to the toe side to give it a small pear shape.  Deep faced which is a must for me as my misses tend to be vertical on the face.  

    As Jamie mentioned I’m not a huge fan of the color navy so if the Smoke AI can match the shape and numbers of the Paradym, I will most likely move on to that. I doubt it will beat the numbers though as the PTD has been amazing. It has helped me break 70 this year and put together a run of scores that I have never had before. 

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    It’s no secret that I like to tinker with and swap out clubs, but Drivers especially. I spent the better part of a decade gaming a Cobra Amp Cell with the gray/white color scheme. Last summer, it became apparent that it’s time had come, so I replaced it with a litany of options starting with a RAD Speed, then Mizuno ST-Z 220, Callaway Rogue ST TD LS, Ping G425, back to the TD LS, a Rogue ST Max LS, Titleist TSR 3, a Srixon ZX5 LS before settling in with the 10.5 degree Paradym TD that is currently my gamer. 
     

    Fun fact: I tried the Paradym TD twice, both times swinging it into screens with trackman, and didn’t like what I was seeing. It was swinging it on an outdoor range, where I could get the numbers but also see actual ball flight and the shape of the shots I was hitting that sealed the deal. 
     

    I echo Jamie’s comments above and would also add, that the most appealing aspect of this driver is the relative ease I find the center of it. And regardless of how well I hit it, it always feels like it has more to give. The Paradym TD is just a wonderful driver and one that I highly recommend everyone try (PAY ATTENTION @Jnoble89)

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    On 11/24/2023 at 3:24 PM, Ben Joest said:

    It’s no secret that I like to tinker with and swap out clubs, but Drivers especially. I spent the better part of a decade gaming a Cobra Amp Cell with the gray/white color scheme. Last summer, it became apparent that it’s time had come, so I replaced it with a litany of options starting with a RAD Speed, then Mizuno ST-Z 220, Callaway Rogue ST TD LS, Ping G425, back to the TD LS, a Rogue ST Max LS, Titleist TSR 3, a Srixon ZX5 LS before settling in with the 10.5 degree Paradym TD that is currently my gamer. 
     

    Fun fact: I tried the Paradym TD twice, both times swinging it into screens with trackman, and didn’t like what I was seeing. It was swinging it on an outdoor range, where I could get the numbers but also see actual ball flight and the shape of the shots I was hitting that sealed the deal. 
     

    I echo Jamie’s comments above and would also add, that the most appealing aspect of this driver is the relative ease I find the center of it. And regardless of how well I hit it, it always feels like it has more to give. The Paradym TD is just a wonderful driver and one that I highly recommend everyone try (PAY ATTENTION @Jnoble89)

    I fully agree that the Callaway Paradym TD is a great driver. I put it in the bag this past summer. Replaced my beloved PXG 0311 Gen 6. I also tried the Ping low spin and the Titleist TSR 3. The Callaway TD is still the best of the group for me.

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    I've been playing a Callaway XR16 for many years now.  Tried the Epic, the Rogue, and Mavrik and none of them did any better than my XR16, so I stuck with it.  Just recently tried the Paradym and Paradym triple diamond and they were both noticeably better than my XR16.. Way more forgiving and longer off the face.  The triple diamond was consitently 4 to 5 mph off the face compared to my XR16.. and when I really tagged one it was crazy long.

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    3 hours ago, jaw1973 said:

    I've been playing a Callaway XR16 for many years now.  Tried the Epic, the Rogue, and Mavrik and none of them did any better than my XR16, so I stuck with it.  Just recently tried the Paradym and Paradym triple diamond and they were both noticeably better than my XR16.. Way more forgiving and longer off the face.  The triple diamond was consitently 4 to 5 mph off the face compared to my XR16.. and when I really tagged one it was crazy long.

    I really liked the XR16 as well. I had that for a good while as my gamer and it was just a good sleak driver that worked well. Pretty simple too. While I did find good gains with Epic, Rogue and Epic Flash were certainly not for me. Mavrik was solid and I did like it overall. same with Epic Max LS. That was nice despite the shape not being my favorite. I wanted to love Rogue Max LS and tried it. The feel was great, but there wasn't the leap over the previous versions. 

    Paradym was a hit from the start for me. Can't wait to get the new shaft in it as well! 

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    3 hours ago, GolfSpy_APH said:

    There has been a lot of excitement about the new Ai-Smoke TD amongst the forum staff. We are yet to see if it will translate to us making purchases ... well one of us already has. However it will be interesting to see how the season progresses with so many drivers available!

    lol I couldn’t resist getting it early. So far the AI Smoke appears to be slightly more fade biased than the Paradym but will know more Tuesday night

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    As my Epic Flash turns 5 years old this season, I justified to myself investigating a new driver. AI Smoke, Pink G430 Max, and Cobra were on my radar. I was a Cobra driver aficionado since the SZ400 days. As I said, 'was'....until I got the right shaft in a Epic Flash.

    Funny how Paradym finished so low in Most Wanted Testing, yet here it is 🤔

    Long story short, I have a 'like new' Paradym coming from the Callaway Pre-Owned site, & I saved enough (over buying a Smoke) that I can take my new bride out for a nice Valentine's Day dinner 😁

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