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    Invader Zim 315's Callaway Paradym Testing
    Introduction
    First off, I would like to thank the staff of the forum and Callaway for this testing opportunity.  It’s not lost on me that these are a large responsibility and many of you plan to read this and rely on it in great detail for your purchasing decisions.  Thank you!
    The Player
    My name’s Ryan, and I’ve been a member of the forum for three years now.  A little bit about me: I’m 25 years old and originally from Upstate New York, now calling the Big Apple home.
    I’ve had the opportunity to play some of the best courses the area has to offer, but I primarily call “The People’s Country Club” Bethpage State Park Muni Courses home.  Golf in Manhattan is definitely hard, but we make it work.  I have no wife or children yet, but I do have a great family and friends who support my golf addiction:

    The Game
    I would say I’m “fine” at just about everything.  I’ve been as low as a 6 handicap, and I currently play off ~7.  With several scores still lingering from last year, I’m really a 9 or 10.  I’m just as likely to shoot 95 as I am 75. I do think my lacrosse background helped me to establish a baseline to play the game at a decent level.
    What I do know, without a doubt, is that my big stick is the most inconsistent part of my game.  As you’ll see below, I’m capable of 300+ yard drives, but just as capable of a sub-1,000 RPM duck hook that goes 175:

    I‘m curious to see if my experience with the Paradym driver helps fix that.  I’m looking for something more forgiving.  If the Paradym succeeds at that, it should have no problem staying in my bag.  My old driver is a bomber, but definitely not the most forgiving driver from modern memory.  Speaking of that old girl…
    The (Current) Gamer
    I’ve used a 2017 TaylorMade M1 for the past 5 years.  As I mentioned, it’s been a love hate relationship.  Some days I hit every fairway, other days I won’t take it out at all. I’ve never been fit, so I couldn’t be more excited to go through this process and let you all know what I find.

    The Fitting
    I didn’t really know what to expect going into my fitting, I just knew the tendencies which I have told you above.  Turns out I don’t produce very much spin, at all, causing those nasty hooks.
    Tyler at New York Golf Center in NYC really took care of me and did a good job of guiding me through the fit.  I am a gear nut and knew the different shafts, but his knowledge really helped me understand what I really needed versus what I thought I needed.
     
    Based on the fit, Paradym is still very low spin (imagine me in the Triple Diamond).  I have average speed, usually around 110, with a nasty in-to-out path.  The result? Low push draws (1650RPMs with 30 yards of rollout).  This fit was an effort to keep the ball to the right a bit more and in the air.
    Here’s My Specs:
    Head: Paradym 10.5* Right
    Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV White 65g X-Stiff
    Flat Cog, Neutral settings
     
    I’ll let the numbers below speak for themselves, there’s still some scary numbers on there.

     
    Unboxing / First Impressions
    So to make my entry a little unique, I chose to break my entry up into a little The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
    The Good
    1.       The speed of delivery
    I mentioned this yesterday, but this thing came so fast and is a true testament to Callaway’s turnaround times.  I have seen individuals on other MGS Testing forums wait weeks for a club to arrive; this got to me in about 5 days, three of them being a holiday weekend.  I am so impressed.
    2.       The Online Store Selection
    For zero upcharge, I must say I was very impressed with the breadth of options Callaway offers with their drivers.  I believe there are ~20+ no upcharge shafts on the website, just be sure to still look at their custom options.  There are plenty of no upcharge options in this menu, both for shafts and for grips.  I was fit into the Tensei AV White X-Stiff (65 grams).
    3.       The freaking club
    The headcover may not look great to my eye, but my gosh does the club itself shine.  I love the look of it, every piece.  The blue bowling ball finish, the silver clubface, the orange weight.  It just looks so good.  It performs too (more on that below).
    Pictures
    Frames super nicely:

    Look at that blue GLOW


    Orange weights may turn some off, but looks good to my eye

    I LOVE the face.  I have always been a fan of silver clubface, whereas my M1 was black.  It has 4 little dots you might be able to see.  Weird but frames the ball nicely in the center.

    Tensei AV is a really good no upcharge shaft.  ALL of the custom specs on this were hit perfectly, great job by the build team


     
    The Bad
    1.       The box
    This one really isn’t completely on Callaway, but the box was pretty beat up when it got to me.  I was pretty surprised by it to be completely honest.  The only thing that might be on them is that the club itself it wasn’t protected at all outside of the headcover.  No packing paper, no plastic wrapping, NO WRENCH.  It looked like it came from an eBay seller, not a major manufacturer.

     
    The Ugly
    1.       The headcover
    Some people might hate me for this one, but I really dislike the headcover.  Don’t get me wrong, it is definitely premium.  But the aesthetics of it, for me, were a miss.  The shiny blue finish with the white simply doesn’t scream class.  Assuming the club stays in my bag (and I think it will), the headcover likely will not.

     
    First Swings
    I have access to a simulator, and so as a first little sneak peak test, I decided to hit 5 shots with my current M1 (YELLOW) and the new Paradym (RED).  As you can see, the Paradym was a bit straighter, longer, and went a little higher (albeit not by much).
    These swings were in my work clothes with no warmup, I just needed a test drive.  I will be bringing the club out this weekend for its first real round.
    First thoughts: Jack of All Trades.  Is it the longest? No.  Is it the most forgiving? No.  But I truly believe this might be the best combination of both on the market.  I was letting go on some shots and lacked no confidence it would go straight and long.  
    Honestly, I'm loving it.  We will see if that sentiment remains with time


     
    Testing Updates
    Testing Update 1 - FIRST ROUND (6/4/2023):
    https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/59432-2023-mgs-forum-test-callaway-paradym-drivers/?do=findComment&comment=933573
     
    Testing Update 2 - SIMULATOR SESSION (6/12/2023):
    https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/59432-2023-mgs-forum-test-callaway-paradym-drivers/?do=findComment&comment=936560
     
    Testing Update 3 - FATHER'S DAY 3 ROUNDS (6/20/2023):
    https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/59432-2023-mgs-forum-test-callaway-paradym-drivers/?do=findComment&comment=939756
     
    Testing Update 4 - BETHPAGE BLACK / HAMILTON FARM (6/26/2023):
    https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/59432-2023-mgs-forum-test-callaway-paradym-drivers/?do=findComment&comment=941864
     
    Testing Update 5 - PARADYM REVIEW // AKA BETHPAGE GREEN REVIEW // AKA BEST ROUND EVER (7/10/2023):
    https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/59432-2023-mgs-forum-test-callaway-paradym-drivers/?do=findComment&comment=946350
     
    Invader Zim - Callaway Paradym Final Review
    First Impressions (14 out of 20)
    I think you can gather by now that all of us had relatively mixed feelings when it came to our first impressions.  
    The Good: First, the club is drop dead gorgeous. Second, the speed in which Callaway Customs flipped our orders was nothing short of phenomenal.  There are other OEMs that take weeks, even months, to send out custom orders.  We had ours in a week.
    The Bad: These things have absolutely zero implications on the performance of the golf club, and I respect Callaway’s claims of looking to reduce their material use, BUT I truly do believe that if you are going to fork up $700 (plus another $100-$200 for a fitting) for a premium experience, then the product needs to be delivered in a premium way.  I was genuinely concerned that my club could be broken in the manner it was delivered (photos above), and the head wasn't screwed on all the way.  This wouldn't be an issue, but they don't include a wrench (-5 points).  The last point is for the headcover.  It is premium in every way, just aesthetically it's not a headcover I want to leave in the bag (-1 point).
     
    Aesthetics (10 out of 10)
    Truly, I think this is one of the prettiest drivers I have ever held in my hands, and definitely a top 3 in terms of looks for 2023.  This is a pretty big compliment coming from me because, honestly, I couldn’t stand the looks of the Maverik or the Rogue ST.
    A. Looks
    While the driver is a beautiful shade of blue, @azstu324 described it best when he mentioned that, even on a sunny day, the driver really plays as if it’s black.  If you are deterred by the blue as a consumer, I would look past it.  For example, my 3 wood is a blue Mizuno, and that’s really blue.  It’s only when you stick this thing under an LED light or take photos with flash that you really see the marbling pop.

    Shape: The shape of the head is phenomenal to my eye.  It’s a pretty large footprint but not out of this world massive, and it sits by the ball so nicely. To my eye, it does look like it sits just a tiny bit open in the neutral setting.
    Finishing: While the gloss finish is noticeable on a bright day, after a few swings I was used to it and it hasn’t produced any issues since. The driver doesn’t pop in your bag the way a Stealth 2 might - again, possibly a testament to the blue marbling being more understated than a bright red face might be - but I like that.  I have never wanted a driver that’s too flashy, and I think the Paradym seamlessly integrates having a little flash with the blue/orange while also looking pretty classic.
    The Face: What I really want to express is how phenomenal the face looks.  One of the greatest detriments to my M1 was the black face, I just didn’t love the way it framed.  The coloring and pattern on the Paradym face are a masterclass.

    B. Sound and Feel
    The sound of the Standard is phenomenal.  Not too loud, but also not muted.  It was really crisp.  My M1 always felt and sounded a bit dead off the face, and the Paradym produces a significantly greater “pop” and feels hot.
    Aesthetics TL;DR: All in all, I was so pleasantly surprised by the looks and feel of the driver.  It’s drop dead gorgeous and while the blue marble finish is really cool, it isn’t too much on the course and the driver actually looks quite traditional.  The face is phenomenal looking, and produces a very crisp sound and pop feel.

     
     
    The Numbers (9 out of 10)
    Accuracy: Can I still miss fairways? Yeah, definitely.  But there is no question in my mind that my dispersion is better than it was previously
    Distance: Did I gain 50 yards over my 2017 driver? Nope, but I did, on average, pick up 7-10 yards.  More importantly, the duck hooks that I used to deal with on a semi-regular basis are gone.  I don’t have nearly as many 125 yard drives… a win!
    Trajectory: Higher than my old M1, that’s for sure, but it varies.  If you hit it low on the face, it goes low.  If you hit towards the high toe, it’ll go high. Generally, I would say mid-high flight.
    Forgiveness, Control and Workability: Compared to my M1 (which was a low spin monster) this thing is WAY more forgiving.  The flight was pretty neutral, and the driver clearly wants to respond to your swing.  You normally play a fade? It’ll fade.  You normally hit a draw? It’ll draw.  It blends forgiveness and workability quite nicely.
    Numbers - TL;DR: So why take off a point? Well, maybe it’s unfair for me to say this, but the driver isn’t a magic pill.  Let me say it again, the Paradym is a fantastic all around driver.  But it honestly isn’t groundbreaking.  If you own a 2020-2022 fitted driver and enjoy it, I don’t necessarily know if you’ll see the performance gains to justify the price.  For someone like me who had a 2017 eBay driver? Oh yeah, it’s worth it.
     
    On-Course (19 out of 20)
    Ah, yes.  The most important part.  On course performance.  Has my driving improved since commencing this test? Yup, a bit.  Has my overall game subsequently followed and improved since commencing this test? Also yup.

    To elaborate: The numbers suggest that my driving has absolutely improved.  Am I hitting every fairway? No I’m not. And I had a couple of really bad days using this driver too.  I pulled one so far left on Bethpage Black that I hadn’t finished my swing by the time the caddie said to go grab another ball.  
    But that being said, my overall confidence has grown so much since putting this in the bag, and that alone makes me happy.  I’m a decent player, and while I typically try to play a slight fade with driver, I will look to work it both ways.  This driver gives me confidence to do that, and do it well.  
    Anecdote: I was in the midst of my best round ever at Bethpage Green last week (link above) and was even par through 15.  I knew I wanted to try and make a birdie and shoot under par.  While I ended up shooting 2 over, it wasn’t because of my driver.  262 (fairway), 298 (fairway) and 275 (safe right rough) when the pressure was on.  That is a great feeling as I move forward.
     
    Fairway Percentage Before Paradym: 42.3%
    Fairway Percentage After Paradym: 52.7%
    Handicap Before Paradym: 6.5
    Handicap After Paradym: 5.7
     
    On Course - TL;DR: I’m going to be completely honest with you all - before this test, when I thought of the major Mount Rushmore manufacturers in golf, I really considered Callaway to be the mule.  I don’t have any other Callaway clubs, I tried and discarded the Chrome Soft, and didn’t really think that they made the best products.  This test really flipped the switch for me.  This is a fantastic driver and it performs exactly the way I want it to.  Does it solve every driver woe? Does it immediately help me hit 90% of fairways? No to both.  But my on course performance has undoubtedly improved since putting it in the bag.
    Draw Swing
    Fade Swing

     
    The Good, the Bad, the Inbetween (18 out of 20)
    The overwhelming majority of this experience with Callaway has been beyond awesome.  From the amazing fitting at the New York Golf Center in NYC, to the speed at which Callaway sent us our clubs, to the pure fun that I have had during this test with the other guys, this has been a great experience.  While the box was a little smashed, delivery was smooth.
    There is one thing I want to bring up as a bad / inbetween though.  I know one of the other guys dealt with ferrule creep, and I dealt with the driver not being fully screwed on all the way.  Furthermore, as I have played more and more rounds, sometimes when I set the clubhead on the ground, I hear a slight rattle.  It hasn’t impacted anything, and I haven’t been able to locate the source of it (maybe the weight in back?), but I do have small concerns about how this club will hold up over time.  That’s something I will continue to look for over time and can update this thread if anything changes, but for now I think that concern does validate a few points deduction.
     
    Play it or Trade it? (20 out of 20)
    Since the day I put this in the bag, there hasn’t been a second that I’ve considered putting the M1 back into the bag.  I mentioned this earlier - if you have a recent fitted driver and you like it, keep it.  But if you’re like me and you had a second hand driver and have never been fit, this club is a phenomenal option.  I don’t have any questions that this Paradym will help me play my best this season and beyond, and I foresee this being in my bag for the next 3-5 years (assuming it holds up).

     
    Conclusion
    I’ve mentioned this a few times throughout the testing process, but I think if you as a consumer are looking for one of the best all around drivers on the market, the Paradym absolutely needs to be part of your search.  Is it as long as the Stealth? Maybe not.  Is it as forgiving as the G430? Maybe not. But I think it will give every user a unique and desired combination of the two.
    So, is this thing a magic pill? It’s not. I think as golfers we’re always searching for one, and in reality they just don’t exist.  It is what makes this game so amazing and frustrating at the same time.  That said, I continue to feel like this driver is going to produce a result that is long enough and straight enough to help me play great golf.
    I trust this driver when it's in my hands, and I’m comfortable taking it out of the bag to use. I think for us mere mortals, that’s just about all we could hope for.
     
    Final Score (90 out of 100)
    A huge thank you to MGS and Callaway for placing their trust in myself and the other testers.  I had an amazing time working with the guys, and I hope you have all enjoyed following along.  Should you have any questions about the test or the Standard Paradym, please reach out via DM and I will 100% answer them.
     



     
     
     
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    Invader Zim 315 got a reaction from MattWillGolf in The Good Morning Thread   
    Good Morning Motley Crue,
    Man, it has been a while!  Coming off being a tester this past summer (loved every second of it) I went and signed up for the NYC Marathon... and then proceeded to recognize how that time commitment would pull me away from golf!
    I'm very excited to get it over with, both because we've put so much work in but also because I really want to try and get a few more rounds in before the year ends!
    Have a great weekend all, and for anyone who might be in NYC Nov 5th, maybe see you there!
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    Invader Zim 315 got a reaction from cksurfdude in The Good Morning Thread   
    Good Morning Motley Crue,
    Man, it has been a while!  Coming off being a tester this past summer (loved every second of it) I went and signed up for the NYC Marathon... and then proceeded to recognize how that time commitment would pull me away from golf!
    I'm very excited to get it over with, both because we've put so much work in but also because I really want to try and get a few more rounds in before the year ends!
    Have a great weekend all, and for anyone who might be in NYC Nov 5th, maybe see you there!
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    Invader Zim 315 got a reaction from David Leighton Reid in The Good Morning Thread   
    Good Morning Motley Crue,
    Man, it has been a while!  Coming off being a tester this past summer (loved every second of it) I went and signed up for the NYC Marathon... and then proceeded to recognize how that time commitment would pull me away from golf!
    I'm very excited to get it over with, both because we've put so much work in but also because I really want to try and get a few more rounds in before the year ends!
    Have a great weekend all, and for anyone who might be in NYC Nov 5th, maybe see you there!
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    Invader Zim 315 got a reaction from sirchunksalot in The Good Morning Thread   
    Good Morning Motley Crue,
    Man, it has been a while!  Coming off being a tester this past summer (loved every second of it) I went and signed up for the NYC Marathon... and then proceeded to recognize how that time commitment would pull me away from golf!
    I'm very excited to get it over with, both because we've put so much work in but also because I really want to try and get a few more rounds in before the year ends!
    Have a great weekend all, and for anyone who might be in NYC Nov 5th, maybe see you there!
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    Invader Zim 315 got a reaction from EasyPutter in The Good Morning Thread   
    Good Morning Motley Crue,
    Man, it has been a while!  Coming off being a tester this past summer (loved every second of it) I went and signed up for the NYC Marathon... and then proceeded to recognize how that time commitment would pull me away from golf!
    I'm very excited to get it over with, both because we've put so much work in but also because I really want to try and get a few more rounds in before the year ends!
    Have a great weekend all, and for anyone who might be in NYC Nov 5th, maybe see you there!
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    Invader Zim 315 reacted to Jim Shaw in The Good Morning Thread   
    A player chipping up to our 17th green at Olympic View, my home course, yes it has a waterfall behind the green, have a great day everyone, I am teeing it up at 845 PST. looking forward to it, weather looks good today.
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    Invader Zim 315 got a reaction from rkj427 in The Good Morning Thread   
    Good Morning Motley Crue,
    Man, it has been a while!  Coming off being a tester this past summer (loved every second of it) I went and signed up for the NYC Marathon... and then proceeded to recognize how that time commitment would pull me away from golf!
    I'm very excited to get it over with, both because we've put so much work in but also because I really want to try and get a few more rounds in before the year ends!
    Have a great weekend all, and for anyone who might be in NYC Nov 5th, maybe see you there!
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    Invader Zim 315 got a reaction from BallsLeon in The Good Morning Thread   
    Good Morning Motley Crue,
    Man, it has been a while!  Coming off being a tester this past summer (loved every second of it) I went and signed up for the NYC Marathon... and then proceeded to recognize how that time commitment would pull me away from golf!
    I'm very excited to get it over with, both because we've put so much work in but also because I really want to try and get a few more rounds in before the year ends!
    Have a great weekend all, and for anyone who might be in NYC Nov 5th, maybe see you there!
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    Invader Zim 315 got a reaction from Kenny B in The Good Morning Thread   
    Good Morning Motley Crue,
    Man, it has been a while!  Coming off being a tester this past summer (loved every second of it) I went and signed up for the NYC Marathon... and then proceeded to recognize how that time commitment would pull me away from golf!
    I'm very excited to get it over with, both because we've put so much work in but also because I really want to try and get a few more rounds in before the year ends!
    Have a great weekend all, and for anyone who might be in NYC Nov 5th, maybe see you there!
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    Invader Zim 315 got a reaction from Josh Parker in The Good Morning Thread   
    Good Morning Motley Crue,
    Man, it has been a while!  Coming off being a tester this past summer (loved every second of it) I went and signed up for the NYC Marathon... and then proceeded to recognize how that time commitment would pull me away from golf!
    I'm very excited to get it over with, both because we've put so much work in but also because I really want to try and get a few more rounds in before the year ends!
    Have a great weekend all, and for anyone who might be in NYC Nov 5th, maybe see you there!
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    Invader Zim 315 got a reaction from ejgaudette in The Good Morning Thread   
    Good Morning Motley Crue,
    Man, it has been a while!  Coming off being a tester this past summer (loved every second of it) I went and signed up for the NYC Marathon... and then proceeded to recognize how that time commitment would pull me away from golf!
    I'm very excited to get it over with, both because we've put so much work in but also because I really want to try and get a few more rounds in before the year ends!
    Have a great weekend all, and for anyone who might be in NYC Nov 5th, maybe see you there!
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    Invader Zim 315 got a reaction from Preeway in The Good Morning Thread   
    Good Morning Motley Crue,
    Man, it has been a while!  Coming off being a tester this past summer (loved every second of it) I went and signed up for the NYC Marathon... and then proceeded to recognize how that time commitment would pull me away from golf!
    I'm very excited to get it over with, both because we've put so much work in but also because I really want to try and get a few more rounds in before the year ends!
    Have a great weekend all, and for anyone who might be in NYC Nov 5th, maybe see you there!
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    Invader Zim 315 got a reaction from GolfSpy_BEN in The Good Morning Thread   
    Good Morning Motley Crue,
    Man, it has been a while!  Coming off being a tester this past summer (loved every second of it) I went and signed up for the NYC Marathon... and then proceeded to recognize how that time commitment would pull me away from golf!
    I'm very excited to get it over with, both because we've put so much work in but also because I really want to try and get a few more rounds in before the year ends!
    Have a great weekend all, and for anyone who might be in NYC Nov 5th, maybe see you there!
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    Invader Zim 315 reacted to StrokerAce in Callaway Paradym Drivers - 2023 Forum Review   
    Hey all... coming towards the end of our season here in the northeast and wanted to update everyone on the ParaDYM...
    There have been some good ones and not so good ones. I've experimented with different grips and settings. It's not a miracle club. 
    But, to make sure it's still 'good' I brought my Mavrik out to compare. Since both are Callaway I can swap the heads with the shaft tips being the same. This is helpful because it's more of a 'true' comparison of head to head.
    I hit a lot with each and the sweet spot on the Paradym seems so much larger. I don't have a launch monitor so I can't give you exact numbers but misses with the Paradym seem to travel farther than misses with the Mavrik. Now according to the miss this might be a good or bad thing 
    Anyhow - from an aesthetic perspective everything is holding up. The sole has a few scratches but not a lot and I may have added some with 'aggressive' cleaning. 
    The crown is still great with no sky marks. The face is holding up really well and I like the design a lot. I do clean it on a regular basis but it cleans pretty easily.
    The price on these should come down some and if you're in the market for a new stick I would give it a try. Make sure you check out the other 2 heads also.
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    Invader Zim 315 got a reaction from Bluetrumpet in Callaway Paradym Drivers - 2023 Forum Review   
    Invader Zim 315's Callaway Paradym Testing
    Introduction
    First off, I would like to thank the staff of the forum and Callaway for this testing opportunity.  It’s not lost on me that these are a large responsibility and many of you plan to read this and rely on it in great detail for your purchasing decisions.  Thank you!
    The Player
    My name’s Ryan, and I’ve been a member of the forum for three years now.  A little bit about me: I’m 25 years old and originally from Upstate New York, now calling the Big Apple home.
    I’ve had the opportunity to play some of the best courses the area has to offer, but I primarily call “The People’s Country Club” Bethpage State Park Muni Courses home.  Golf in Manhattan is definitely hard, but we make it work.  I have no wife or children yet, but I do have a great family and friends who support my golf addiction:

    The Game
    I would say I’m “fine” at just about everything.  I’ve been as low as a 6 handicap, and I currently play off ~7.  With several scores still lingering from last year, I’m really a 9 or 10.  I’m just as likely to shoot 95 as I am 75. I do think my lacrosse background helped me to establish a baseline to play the game at a decent level.
    What I do know, without a doubt, is that my big stick is the most inconsistent part of my game.  As you’ll see below, I’m capable of 300+ yard drives, but just as capable of a sub-1,000 RPM duck hook that goes 175:

    I‘m curious to see if my experience with the Paradym driver helps fix that.  I’m looking for something more forgiving.  If the Paradym succeeds at that, it should have no problem staying in my bag.  My old driver is a bomber, but definitely not the most forgiving driver from modern memory.  Speaking of that old girl…
    The (Current) Gamer
    I’ve used a 2017 TaylorMade M1 for the past 5 years.  As I mentioned, it’s been a love hate relationship.  Some days I hit every fairway, other days I won’t take it out at all. I’ve never been fit, so I couldn’t be more excited to go through this process and let you all know what I find.

    The Fitting
    I didn’t really know what to expect going into my fitting, I just knew the tendencies which I have told you above.  Turns out I don’t produce very much spin, at all, causing those nasty hooks.
    Tyler at New York Golf Center in NYC really took care of me and did a good job of guiding me through the fit.  I am a gear nut and knew the different shafts, but his knowledge really helped me understand what I really needed versus what I thought I needed.
     
    Based on the fit, Paradym is still very low spin (imagine me in the Triple Diamond).  I have average speed, usually around 110, with a nasty in-to-out path.  The result? Low push draws (1650RPMs with 30 yards of rollout).  This fit was an effort to keep the ball to the right a bit more and in the air.
    Here’s My Specs:
    Head: Paradym 10.5* Right
    Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV White 65g X-Stiff
    Flat Cog, Neutral settings
     
    I’ll let the numbers below speak for themselves, there’s still some scary numbers on there.

     
    Unboxing / First Impressions
    So to make my entry a little unique, I chose to break my entry up into a little The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
    The Good
    1.       The speed of delivery
    I mentioned this yesterday, but this thing came so fast and is a true testament to Callaway’s turnaround times.  I have seen individuals on other MGS Testing forums wait weeks for a club to arrive; this got to me in about 5 days, three of them being a holiday weekend.  I am so impressed.
    2.       The Online Store Selection
    For zero upcharge, I must say I was very impressed with the breadth of options Callaway offers with their drivers.  I believe there are ~20+ no upcharge shafts on the website, just be sure to still look at their custom options.  There are plenty of no upcharge options in this menu, both for shafts and for grips.  I was fit into the Tensei AV White X-Stiff (65 grams).
    3.       The freaking club
    The headcover may not look great to my eye, but my gosh does the club itself shine.  I love the look of it, every piece.  The blue bowling ball finish, the silver clubface, the orange weight.  It just looks so good.  It performs too (more on that below).
    Pictures
    Frames super nicely:

    Look at that blue GLOW


    Orange weights may turn some off, but looks good to my eye

    I LOVE the face.  I have always been a fan of silver clubface, whereas my M1 was black.  It has 4 little dots you might be able to see.  Weird but frames the ball nicely in the center.

    Tensei AV is a really good no upcharge shaft.  ALL of the custom specs on this were hit perfectly, great job by the build team


     
    The Bad
    1.       The box
    This one really isn’t completely on Callaway, but the box was pretty beat up when it got to me.  I was pretty surprised by it to be completely honest.  The only thing that might be on them is that the club itself it wasn’t protected at all outside of the headcover.  No packing paper, no plastic wrapping, NO WRENCH.  It looked like it came from an eBay seller, not a major manufacturer.

     
    The Ugly
    1.       The headcover
    Some people might hate me for this one, but I really dislike the headcover.  Don’t get me wrong, it is definitely premium.  But the aesthetics of it, for me, were a miss.  The shiny blue finish with the white simply doesn’t scream class.  Assuming the club stays in my bag (and I think it will), the headcover likely will not.

     
    First Swings
    I have access to a simulator, and so as a first little sneak peak test, I decided to hit 5 shots with my current M1 (YELLOW) and the new Paradym (RED).  As you can see, the Paradym was a bit straighter, longer, and went a little higher (albeit not by much).
    These swings were in my work clothes with no warmup, I just needed a test drive.  I will be bringing the club out this weekend for its first real round.
    First thoughts: Jack of All Trades.  Is it the longest? No.  Is it the most forgiving? No.  But I truly believe this might be the best combination of both on the market.  I was letting go on some shots and lacked no confidence it would go straight and long.  
    Honestly, I'm loving it.  We will see if that sentiment remains with time


     
    Testing Updates
    Testing Update 1 - FIRST ROUND (6/4/2023):
    https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/59432-2023-mgs-forum-test-callaway-paradym-drivers/?do=findComment&comment=933573
     
    Testing Update 2 - SIMULATOR SESSION (6/12/2023):
    https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/59432-2023-mgs-forum-test-callaway-paradym-drivers/?do=findComment&comment=936560
     
    Testing Update 3 - FATHER'S DAY 3 ROUNDS (6/20/2023):
    https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/59432-2023-mgs-forum-test-callaway-paradym-drivers/?do=findComment&comment=939756
     
    Testing Update 4 - BETHPAGE BLACK / HAMILTON FARM (6/26/2023):
    https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/59432-2023-mgs-forum-test-callaway-paradym-drivers/?do=findComment&comment=941864
     
    Testing Update 5 - PARADYM REVIEW // AKA BETHPAGE GREEN REVIEW // AKA BEST ROUND EVER (7/10/2023):
    https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/59432-2023-mgs-forum-test-callaway-paradym-drivers/?do=findComment&comment=946350
     
    Invader Zim - Callaway Paradym Final Review
    First Impressions (14 out of 20)
    I think you can gather by now that all of us had relatively mixed feelings when it came to our first impressions.  
    The Good: First, the club is drop dead gorgeous. Second, the speed in which Callaway Customs flipped our orders was nothing short of phenomenal.  There are other OEMs that take weeks, even months, to send out custom orders.  We had ours in a week.
    The Bad: These things have absolutely zero implications on the performance of the golf club, and I respect Callaway’s claims of looking to reduce their material use, BUT I truly do believe that if you are going to fork up $700 (plus another $100-$200 for a fitting) for a premium experience, then the product needs to be delivered in a premium way.  I was genuinely concerned that my club could be broken in the manner it was delivered (photos above), and the head wasn't screwed on all the way.  This wouldn't be an issue, but they don't include a wrench (-5 points).  The last point is for the headcover.  It is premium in every way, just aesthetically it's not a headcover I want to leave in the bag (-1 point).
     
    Aesthetics (10 out of 10)
    Truly, I think this is one of the prettiest drivers I have ever held in my hands, and definitely a top 3 in terms of looks for 2023.  This is a pretty big compliment coming from me because, honestly, I couldn’t stand the looks of the Maverik or the Rogue ST.
    A. Looks
    While the driver is a beautiful shade of blue, @azstu324 described it best when he mentioned that, even on a sunny day, the driver really plays as if it’s black.  If you are deterred by the blue as a consumer, I would look past it.  For example, my 3 wood is a blue Mizuno, and that’s really blue.  It’s only when you stick this thing under an LED light or take photos with flash that you really see the marbling pop.

    Shape: The shape of the head is phenomenal to my eye.  It’s a pretty large footprint but not out of this world massive, and it sits by the ball so nicely. To my eye, it does look like it sits just a tiny bit open in the neutral setting.
    Finishing: While the gloss finish is noticeable on a bright day, after a few swings I was used to it and it hasn’t produced any issues since. The driver doesn’t pop in your bag the way a Stealth 2 might - again, possibly a testament to the blue marbling being more understated than a bright red face might be - but I like that.  I have never wanted a driver that’s too flashy, and I think the Paradym seamlessly integrates having a little flash with the blue/orange while also looking pretty classic.
    The Face: What I really want to express is how phenomenal the face looks.  One of the greatest detriments to my M1 was the black face, I just didn’t love the way it framed.  The coloring and pattern on the Paradym face are a masterclass.

    B. Sound and Feel
    The sound of the Standard is phenomenal.  Not too loud, but also not muted.  It was really crisp.  My M1 always felt and sounded a bit dead off the face, and the Paradym produces a significantly greater “pop” and feels hot.
    Aesthetics TL;DR: All in all, I was so pleasantly surprised by the looks and feel of the driver.  It’s drop dead gorgeous and while the blue marble finish is really cool, it isn’t too much on the course and the driver actually looks quite traditional.  The face is phenomenal looking, and produces a very crisp sound and pop feel.

     
     
    The Numbers (9 out of 10)
    Accuracy: Can I still miss fairways? Yeah, definitely.  But there is no question in my mind that my dispersion is better than it was previously
    Distance: Did I gain 50 yards over my 2017 driver? Nope, but I did, on average, pick up 7-10 yards.  More importantly, the duck hooks that I used to deal with on a semi-regular basis are gone.  I don’t have nearly as many 125 yard drives… a win!
    Trajectory: Higher than my old M1, that’s for sure, but it varies.  If you hit it low on the face, it goes low.  If you hit towards the high toe, it’ll go high. Generally, I would say mid-high flight.
    Forgiveness, Control and Workability: Compared to my M1 (which was a low spin monster) this thing is WAY more forgiving.  The flight was pretty neutral, and the driver clearly wants to respond to your swing.  You normally play a fade? It’ll fade.  You normally hit a draw? It’ll draw.  It blends forgiveness and workability quite nicely.
    Numbers - TL;DR: So why take off a point? Well, maybe it’s unfair for me to say this, but the driver isn’t a magic pill.  Let me say it again, the Paradym is a fantastic all around driver.  But it honestly isn’t groundbreaking.  If you own a 2020-2022 fitted driver and enjoy it, I don’t necessarily know if you’ll see the performance gains to justify the price.  For someone like me who had a 2017 eBay driver? Oh yeah, it’s worth it.
     
    On-Course (19 out of 20)
    Ah, yes.  The most important part.  On course performance.  Has my driving improved since commencing this test? Yup, a bit.  Has my overall game subsequently followed and improved since commencing this test? Also yup.

    To elaborate: The numbers suggest that my driving has absolutely improved.  Am I hitting every fairway? No I’m not. And I had a couple of really bad days using this driver too.  I pulled one so far left on Bethpage Black that I hadn’t finished my swing by the time the caddie said to go grab another ball.  
    But that being said, my overall confidence has grown so much since putting this in the bag, and that alone makes me happy.  I’m a decent player, and while I typically try to play a slight fade with driver, I will look to work it both ways.  This driver gives me confidence to do that, and do it well.  
    Anecdote: I was in the midst of my best round ever at Bethpage Green last week (link above) and was even par through 15.  I knew I wanted to try and make a birdie and shoot under par.  While I ended up shooting 2 over, it wasn’t because of my driver.  262 (fairway), 298 (fairway) and 275 (safe right rough) when the pressure was on.  That is a great feeling as I move forward.
     
    Fairway Percentage Before Paradym: 42.3%
    Fairway Percentage After Paradym: 52.7%
    Handicap Before Paradym: 6.5
    Handicap After Paradym: 5.7
     
    On Course - TL;DR: I’m going to be completely honest with you all - before this test, when I thought of the major Mount Rushmore manufacturers in golf, I really considered Callaway to be the mule.  I don’t have any other Callaway clubs, I tried and discarded the Chrome Soft, and didn’t really think that they made the best products.  This test really flipped the switch for me.  This is a fantastic driver and it performs exactly the way I want it to.  Does it solve every driver woe? Does it immediately help me hit 90% of fairways? No to both.  But my on course performance has undoubtedly improved since putting it in the bag.
    Draw Swing
    Fade Swing

     
    The Good, the Bad, the Inbetween (18 out of 20)
    The overwhelming majority of this experience with Callaway has been beyond awesome.  From the amazing fitting at the New York Golf Center in NYC, to the speed at which Callaway sent us our clubs, to the pure fun that I have had during this test with the other guys, this has been a great experience.  While the box was a little smashed, delivery was smooth.
    There is one thing I want to bring up as a bad / inbetween though.  I know one of the other guys dealt with ferrule creep, and I dealt with the driver not being fully screwed on all the way.  Furthermore, as I have played more and more rounds, sometimes when I set the clubhead on the ground, I hear a slight rattle.  It hasn’t impacted anything, and I haven’t been able to locate the source of it (maybe the weight in back?), but I do have small concerns about how this club will hold up over time.  That’s something I will continue to look for over time and can update this thread if anything changes, but for now I think that concern does validate a few points deduction.
     
    Play it or Trade it? (20 out of 20)
    Since the day I put this in the bag, there hasn’t been a second that I’ve considered putting the M1 back into the bag.  I mentioned this earlier - if you have a recent fitted driver and you like it, keep it.  But if you’re like me and you had a second hand driver and have never been fit, this club is a phenomenal option.  I don’t have any questions that this Paradym will help me play my best this season and beyond, and I foresee this being in my bag for the next 3-5 years (assuming it holds up).

     
    Conclusion
    I’ve mentioned this a few times throughout the testing process, but I think if you as a consumer are looking for one of the best all around drivers on the market, the Paradym absolutely needs to be part of your search.  Is it as long as the Stealth? Maybe not.  Is it as forgiving as the G430? Maybe not. But I think it will give every user a unique and desired combination of the two.
    So, is this thing a magic pill? It’s not. I think as golfers we’re always searching for one, and in reality they just don’t exist.  It is what makes this game so amazing and frustrating at the same time.  That said, I continue to feel like this driver is going to produce a result that is long enough and straight enough to help me play great golf.
    I trust this driver when it's in my hands, and I’m comfortable taking it out of the bag to use. I think for us mere mortals, that’s just about all we could hope for.
     
    Final Score (90 out of 100)
    A huge thank you to MGS and Callaway for placing their trust in myself and the other testers.  I had an amazing time working with the guys, and I hope you have all enjoyed following along.  Should you have any questions about the test or the Standard Paradym, please reach out via DM and I will 100% answer them.
     



     
     
     
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    Bucket list round yesterday! ✅
    40-39 for a 79 at Harbour Town Golf links yesterday.  I’ll be honest my irons haven’t felt this good in a long time but more importantly it was an amazing day with my dad, brother, and our caddie Danny.  (I did manage to birdie both of the water infested par 3s though! Haha)



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    Invader Zim 315's Callaway Paradym Testing
    Introduction
    First off, I would like to thank the staff of the forum and Callaway for this testing opportunity.  It’s not lost on me that these are a large responsibility and many of you plan to read this and rely on it in great detail for your purchasing decisions.  Thank you!
    The Player
    My name’s Ryan, and I’ve been a member of the forum for three years now.  A little bit about me: I’m 25 years old and originally from Upstate New York, now calling the Big Apple home.
    I’ve had the opportunity to play some of the best courses the area has to offer, but I primarily call “The People’s Country Club” Bethpage State Park Muni Courses home.  Golf in Manhattan is definitely hard, but we make it work.  I have no wife or children yet, but I do have a great family and friends who support my golf addiction:

    The Game
    I would say I’m “fine” at just about everything.  I’ve been as low as a 6 handicap, and I currently play off ~7.  With several scores still lingering from last year, I’m really a 9 or 10.  I’m just as likely to shoot 95 as I am 75. I do think my lacrosse background helped me to establish a baseline to play the game at a decent level.
    What I do know, without a doubt, is that my big stick is the most inconsistent part of my game.  As you’ll see below, I’m capable of 300+ yard drives, but just as capable of a sub-1,000 RPM duck hook that goes 175:

    I‘m curious to see if my experience with the Paradym driver helps fix that.  I’m looking for something more forgiving.  If the Paradym succeeds at that, it should have no problem staying in my bag.  My old driver is a bomber, but definitely not the most forgiving driver from modern memory.  Speaking of that old girl…
    The (Current) Gamer
    I’ve used a 2017 TaylorMade M1 for the past 5 years.  As I mentioned, it’s been a love hate relationship.  Some days I hit every fairway, other days I won’t take it out at all. I’ve never been fit, so I couldn’t be more excited to go through this process and let you all know what I find.

    The Fitting
    I didn’t really know what to expect going into my fitting, I just knew the tendencies which I have told you above.  Turns out I don’t produce very much spin, at all, causing those nasty hooks.
    Tyler at New York Golf Center in NYC really took care of me and did a good job of guiding me through the fit.  I am a gear nut and knew the different shafts, but his knowledge really helped me understand what I really needed versus what I thought I needed.
     
    Based on the fit, Paradym is still very low spin (imagine me in the Triple Diamond).  I have average speed, usually around 110, with a nasty in-to-out path.  The result? Low push draws (1650RPMs with 30 yards of rollout).  This fit was an effort to keep the ball to the right a bit more and in the air.
    Here’s My Specs:
    Head: Paradym 10.5* Right
    Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV White 65g X-Stiff
    Flat Cog, Neutral settings
     
    I’ll let the numbers below speak for themselves, there’s still some scary numbers on there.

     
    Unboxing / First Impressions
    So to make my entry a little unique, I chose to break my entry up into a little The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
    The Good
    1.       The speed of delivery
    I mentioned this yesterday, but this thing came so fast and is a true testament to Callaway’s turnaround times.  I have seen individuals on other MGS Testing forums wait weeks for a club to arrive; this got to me in about 5 days, three of them being a holiday weekend.  I am so impressed.
    2.       The Online Store Selection
    For zero upcharge, I must say I was very impressed with the breadth of options Callaway offers with their drivers.  I believe there are ~20+ no upcharge shafts on the website, just be sure to still look at their custom options.  There are plenty of no upcharge options in this menu, both for shafts and for grips.  I was fit into the Tensei AV White X-Stiff (65 grams).
    3.       The freaking club
    The headcover may not look great to my eye, but my gosh does the club itself shine.  I love the look of it, every piece.  The blue bowling ball finish, the silver clubface, the orange weight.  It just looks so good.  It performs too (more on that below).
    Pictures
    Frames super nicely:

    Look at that blue GLOW


    Orange weights may turn some off, but looks good to my eye

    I LOVE the face.  I have always been a fan of silver clubface, whereas my M1 was black.  It has 4 little dots you might be able to see.  Weird but frames the ball nicely in the center.

    Tensei AV is a really good no upcharge shaft.  ALL of the custom specs on this were hit perfectly, great job by the build team


     
    The Bad
    1.       The box
    This one really isn’t completely on Callaway, but the box was pretty beat up when it got to me.  I was pretty surprised by it to be completely honest.  The only thing that might be on them is that the club itself it wasn’t protected at all outside of the headcover.  No packing paper, no plastic wrapping, NO WRENCH.  It looked like it came from an eBay seller, not a major manufacturer.

     
    The Ugly
    1.       The headcover
    Some people might hate me for this one, but I really dislike the headcover.  Don’t get me wrong, it is definitely premium.  But the aesthetics of it, for me, were a miss.  The shiny blue finish with the white simply doesn’t scream class.  Assuming the club stays in my bag (and I think it will), the headcover likely will not.

     
    First Swings
    I have access to a simulator, and so as a first little sneak peak test, I decided to hit 5 shots with my current M1 (YELLOW) and the new Paradym (RED).  As you can see, the Paradym was a bit straighter, longer, and went a little higher (albeit not by much).
    These swings were in my work clothes with no warmup, I just needed a test drive.  I will be bringing the club out this weekend for its first real round.
    First thoughts: Jack of All Trades.  Is it the longest? No.  Is it the most forgiving? No.  But I truly believe this might be the best combination of both on the market.  I was letting go on some shots and lacked no confidence it would go straight and long.  
    Honestly, I'm loving it.  We will see if that sentiment remains with time


     
    Testing Updates
    Testing Update 1 - FIRST ROUND (6/4/2023):
    https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/59432-2023-mgs-forum-test-callaway-paradym-drivers/?do=findComment&comment=933573
     
    Testing Update 2 - SIMULATOR SESSION (6/12/2023):
    https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/59432-2023-mgs-forum-test-callaway-paradym-drivers/?do=findComment&comment=936560
     
    Testing Update 3 - FATHER'S DAY 3 ROUNDS (6/20/2023):
    https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/59432-2023-mgs-forum-test-callaway-paradym-drivers/?do=findComment&comment=939756
     
    Testing Update 4 - BETHPAGE BLACK / HAMILTON FARM (6/26/2023):
    https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/59432-2023-mgs-forum-test-callaway-paradym-drivers/?do=findComment&comment=941864
     
    Testing Update 5 - PARADYM REVIEW // AKA BETHPAGE GREEN REVIEW // AKA BEST ROUND EVER (7/10/2023):
    https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/59432-2023-mgs-forum-test-callaway-paradym-drivers/?do=findComment&comment=946350
     
    Invader Zim - Callaway Paradym Final Review
    First Impressions (14 out of 20)
    I think you can gather by now that all of us had relatively mixed feelings when it came to our first impressions.  
    The Good: First, the club is drop dead gorgeous. Second, the speed in which Callaway Customs flipped our orders was nothing short of phenomenal.  There are other OEMs that take weeks, even months, to send out custom orders.  We had ours in a week.
    The Bad: These things have absolutely zero implications on the performance of the golf club, and I respect Callaway’s claims of looking to reduce their material use, BUT I truly do believe that if you are going to fork up $700 (plus another $100-$200 for a fitting) for a premium experience, then the product needs to be delivered in a premium way.  I was genuinely concerned that my club could be broken in the manner it was delivered (photos above), and the head wasn't screwed on all the way.  This wouldn't be an issue, but they don't include a wrench (-5 points).  The last point is for the headcover.  It is premium in every way, just aesthetically it's not a headcover I want to leave in the bag (-1 point).
     
    Aesthetics (10 out of 10)
    Truly, I think this is one of the prettiest drivers I have ever held in my hands, and definitely a top 3 in terms of looks for 2023.  This is a pretty big compliment coming from me because, honestly, I couldn’t stand the looks of the Maverik or the Rogue ST.
    A. Looks
    While the driver is a beautiful shade of blue, @azstu324 described it best when he mentioned that, even on a sunny day, the driver really plays as if it’s black.  If you are deterred by the blue as a consumer, I would look past it.  For example, my 3 wood is a blue Mizuno, and that’s really blue.  It’s only when you stick this thing under an LED light or take photos with flash that you really see the marbling pop.

    Shape: The shape of the head is phenomenal to my eye.  It’s a pretty large footprint but not out of this world massive, and it sits by the ball so nicely. To my eye, it does look like it sits just a tiny bit open in the neutral setting.
    Finishing: While the gloss finish is noticeable on a bright day, after a few swings I was used to it and it hasn’t produced any issues since. The driver doesn’t pop in your bag the way a Stealth 2 might - again, possibly a testament to the blue marbling being more understated than a bright red face might be - but I like that.  I have never wanted a driver that’s too flashy, and I think the Paradym seamlessly integrates having a little flash with the blue/orange while also looking pretty classic.
    The Face: What I really want to express is how phenomenal the face looks.  One of the greatest detriments to my M1 was the black face, I just didn’t love the way it framed.  The coloring and pattern on the Paradym face are a masterclass.

    B. Sound and Feel
    The sound of the Standard is phenomenal.  Not too loud, but also not muted.  It was really crisp.  My M1 always felt and sounded a bit dead off the face, and the Paradym produces a significantly greater “pop” and feels hot.
    Aesthetics TL;DR: All in all, I was so pleasantly surprised by the looks and feel of the driver.  It’s drop dead gorgeous and while the blue marble finish is really cool, it isn’t too much on the course and the driver actually looks quite traditional.  The face is phenomenal looking, and produces a very crisp sound and pop feel.

     
     
    The Numbers (9 out of 10)
    Accuracy: Can I still miss fairways? Yeah, definitely.  But there is no question in my mind that my dispersion is better than it was previously
    Distance: Did I gain 50 yards over my 2017 driver? Nope, but I did, on average, pick up 7-10 yards.  More importantly, the duck hooks that I used to deal with on a semi-regular basis are gone.  I don’t have nearly as many 125 yard drives… a win!
    Trajectory: Higher than my old M1, that’s for sure, but it varies.  If you hit it low on the face, it goes low.  If you hit towards the high toe, it’ll go high. Generally, I would say mid-high flight.
    Forgiveness, Control and Workability: Compared to my M1 (which was a low spin monster) this thing is WAY more forgiving.  The flight was pretty neutral, and the driver clearly wants to respond to your swing.  You normally play a fade? It’ll fade.  You normally hit a draw? It’ll draw.  It blends forgiveness and workability quite nicely.
    Numbers - TL;DR: So why take off a point? Well, maybe it’s unfair for me to say this, but the driver isn’t a magic pill.  Let me say it again, the Paradym is a fantastic all around driver.  But it honestly isn’t groundbreaking.  If you own a 2020-2022 fitted driver and enjoy it, I don’t necessarily know if you’ll see the performance gains to justify the price.  For someone like me who had a 2017 eBay driver? Oh yeah, it’s worth it.
     
    On-Course (19 out of 20)
    Ah, yes.  The most important part.  On course performance.  Has my driving improved since commencing this test? Yup, a bit.  Has my overall game subsequently followed and improved since commencing this test? Also yup.

    To elaborate: The numbers suggest that my driving has absolutely improved.  Am I hitting every fairway? No I’m not. And I had a couple of really bad days using this driver too.  I pulled one so far left on Bethpage Black that I hadn’t finished my swing by the time the caddie said to go grab another ball.  
    But that being said, my overall confidence has grown so much since putting this in the bag, and that alone makes me happy.  I’m a decent player, and while I typically try to play a slight fade with driver, I will look to work it both ways.  This driver gives me confidence to do that, and do it well.  
    Anecdote: I was in the midst of my best round ever at Bethpage Green last week (link above) and was even par through 15.  I knew I wanted to try and make a birdie and shoot under par.  While I ended up shooting 2 over, it wasn’t because of my driver.  262 (fairway), 298 (fairway) and 275 (safe right rough) when the pressure was on.  That is a great feeling as I move forward.
     
    Fairway Percentage Before Paradym: 42.3%
    Fairway Percentage After Paradym: 52.7%
    Handicap Before Paradym: 6.5
    Handicap After Paradym: 5.7
     
    On Course - TL;DR: I’m going to be completely honest with you all - before this test, when I thought of the major Mount Rushmore manufacturers in golf, I really considered Callaway to be the mule.  I don’t have any other Callaway clubs, I tried and discarded the Chrome Soft, and didn’t really think that they made the best products.  This test really flipped the switch for me.  This is a fantastic driver and it performs exactly the way I want it to.  Does it solve every driver woe? Does it immediately help me hit 90% of fairways? No to both.  But my on course performance has undoubtedly improved since putting it in the bag.
    Draw Swing
    Fade Swing

     
    The Good, the Bad, the Inbetween (18 out of 20)
    The overwhelming majority of this experience with Callaway has been beyond awesome.  From the amazing fitting at the New York Golf Center in NYC, to the speed at which Callaway sent us our clubs, to the pure fun that I have had during this test with the other guys, this has been a great experience.  While the box was a little smashed, delivery was smooth.
    There is one thing I want to bring up as a bad / inbetween though.  I know one of the other guys dealt with ferrule creep, and I dealt with the driver not being fully screwed on all the way.  Furthermore, as I have played more and more rounds, sometimes when I set the clubhead on the ground, I hear a slight rattle.  It hasn’t impacted anything, and I haven’t been able to locate the source of it (maybe the weight in back?), but I do have small concerns about how this club will hold up over time.  That’s something I will continue to look for over time and can update this thread if anything changes, but for now I think that concern does validate a few points deduction.
     
    Play it or Trade it? (20 out of 20)
    Since the day I put this in the bag, there hasn’t been a second that I’ve considered putting the M1 back into the bag.  I mentioned this earlier - if you have a recent fitted driver and you like it, keep it.  But if you’re like me and you had a second hand driver and have never been fit, this club is a phenomenal option.  I don’t have any questions that this Paradym will help me play my best this season and beyond, and I foresee this being in my bag for the next 3-5 years (assuming it holds up).

     
    Conclusion
    I’ve mentioned this a few times throughout the testing process, but I think if you as a consumer are looking for one of the best all around drivers on the market, the Paradym absolutely needs to be part of your search.  Is it as long as the Stealth? Maybe not.  Is it as forgiving as the G430? Maybe not. But I think it will give every user a unique and desired combination of the two.
    So, is this thing a magic pill? It’s not. I think as golfers we’re always searching for one, and in reality they just don’t exist.  It is what makes this game so amazing and frustrating at the same time.  That said, I continue to feel like this driver is going to produce a result that is long enough and straight enough to help me play great golf.
    I trust this driver when it's in my hands, and I’m comfortable taking it out of the bag to use. I think for us mere mortals, that’s just about all we could hope for.
     
    Final Score (90 out of 100)
    A huge thank you to MGS and Callaway for placing their trust in myself and the other testers.  I had an amazing time working with the guys, and I hope you have all enjoyed following along.  Should you have any questions about the test or the Standard Paradym, please reach out via DM and I will 100% answer them.
     



     
     
     
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    Invader Zim 315 got a reaction from dennis-88w in The Good Morning Thread   
    Motlëy Crüe, it's Masters week!
    Time to grind until Wednesday, because you all know that the stream will be all over my computer Thursday and Friday. Let's go! 
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    Invader Zim 315 got a reaction from MattWillGolf in The Good Morning Thread   
    Good Morning everyone,
    It's been a long few weeks over here.  Just a lot of life hitting me recently, but tough times don't last tough people do.
    Now that the Callaway Paradym test is over, I might take the rest of the summer to do an unofficial test of the TM Spider GTX I got earlier this year.  Is that something anyone would be interested in? It's been pretty dang good for me so far but haven't seen too too much info on the forum about it


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    Good Morning everyone,
    It's been a long few weeks over here.  Just a lot of life hitting me recently, but tough times don't last tough people do.
    Now that the Callaway Paradym test is over, I might take the rest of the summer to do an unofficial test of the TM Spider GTX I got earlier this year.  Is that something anyone would be interested in? It's been pretty dang good for me so far but haven't seen too too much info on the forum about it


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    Invader Zim 315 got a reaction from Rickp in The Good Morning Thread   
    Good Morning everyone,
    It's been a long few weeks over here.  Just a lot of life hitting me recently, but tough times don't last tough people do.
    Now that the Callaway Paradym test is over, I might take the rest of the summer to do an unofficial test of the TM Spider GTX I got earlier this year.  Is that something anyone would be interested in? It's been pretty dang good for me so far but haven't seen too too much info on the forum about it


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    Invader Zim 315 got a reaction from Josh Ross in The Good Morning Thread   
    Good Morning everyone,
    It's been a long few weeks over here.  Just a lot of life hitting me recently, but tough times don't last tough people do.
    Now that the Callaway Paradym test is over, I might take the rest of the summer to do an unofficial test of the TM Spider GTX I got earlier this year.  Is that something anyone would be interested in? It's been pretty dang good for me so far but haven't seen too too much info on the forum about it


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    Invader Zim 315 got a reaction from tdroma98 in Callaway Paradym Drivers - 2023 Forum Review   
    Invader Zim 315's Callaway Paradym Testing
    Introduction
    First off, I would like to thank the staff of the forum and Callaway for this testing opportunity.  It’s not lost on me that these are a large responsibility and many of you plan to read this and rely on it in great detail for your purchasing decisions.  Thank you!
    The Player
    My name’s Ryan, and I’ve been a member of the forum for three years now.  A little bit about me: I’m 25 years old and originally from Upstate New York, now calling the Big Apple home.
    I’ve had the opportunity to play some of the best courses the area has to offer, but I primarily call “The People’s Country Club” Bethpage State Park Muni Courses home.  Golf in Manhattan is definitely hard, but we make it work.  I have no wife or children yet, but I do have a great family and friends who support my golf addiction:

    The Game
    I would say I’m “fine” at just about everything.  I’ve been as low as a 6 handicap, and I currently play off ~7.  With several scores still lingering from last year, I’m really a 9 or 10.  I’m just as likely to shoot 95 as I am 75. I do think my lacrosse background helped me to establish a baseline to play the game at a decent level.
    What I do know, without a doubt, is that my big stick is the most inconsistent part of my game.  As you’ll see below, I’m capable of 300+ yard drives, but just as capable of a sub-1,000 RPM duck hook that goes 175:

    I‘m curious to see if my experience with the Paradym driver helps fix that.  I’m looking for something more forgiving.  If the Paradym succeeds at that, it should have no problem staying in my bag.  My old driver is a bomber, but definitely not the most forgiving driver from modern memory.  Speaking of that old girl…
    The (Current) Gamer
    I’ve used a 2017 TaylorMade M1 for the past 5 years.  As I mentioned, it’s been a love hate relationship.  Some days I hit every fairway, other days I won’t take it out at all. I’ve never been fit, so I couldn’t be more excited to go through this process and let you all know what I find.

    The Fitting
    I didn’t really know what to expect going into my fitting, I just knew the tendencies which I have told you above.  Turns out I don’t produce very much spin, at all, causing those nasty hooks.
    Tyler at New York Golf Center in NYC really took care of me and did a good job of guiding me through the fit.  I am a gear nut and knew the different shafts, but his knowledge really helped me understand what I really needed versus what I thought I needed.
     
    Based on the fit, Paradym is still very low spin (imagine me in the Triple Diamond).  I have average speed, usually around 110, with a nasty in-to-out path.  The result? Low push draws (1650RPMs with 30 yards of rollout).  This fit was an effort to keep the ball to the right a bit more and in the air.
    Here’s My Specs:
    Head: Paradym 10.5* Right
    Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei AV White 65g X-Stiff
    Flat Cog, Neutral settings
     
    I’ll let the numbers below speak for themselves, there’s still some scary numbers on there.

     
    Unboxing / First Impressions
    So to make my entry a little unique, I chose to break my entry up into a little The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
    The Good
    1.       The speed of delivery
    I mentioned this yesterday, but this thing came so fast and is a true testament to Callaway’s turnaround times.  I have seen individuals on other MGS Testing forums wait weeks for a club to arrive; this got to me in about 5 days, three of them being a holiday weekend.  I am so impressed.
    2.       The Online Store Selection
    For zero upcharge, I must say I was very impressed with the breadth of options Callaway offers with their drivers.  I believe there are ~20+ no upcharge shafts on the website, just be sure to still look at their custom options.  There are plenty of no upcharge options in this menu, both for shafts and for grips.  I was fit into the Tensei AV White X-Stiff (65 grams).
    3.       The freaking club
    The headcover may not look great to my eye, but my gosh does the club itself shine.  I love the look of it, every piece.  The blue bowling ball finish, the silver clubface, the orange weight.  It just looks so good.  It performs too (more on that below).
    Pictures
    Frames super nicely:

    Look at that blue GLOW


    Orange weights may turn some off, but looks good to my eye

    I LOVE the face.  I have always been a fan of silver clubface, whereas my M1 was black.  It has 4 little dots you might be able to see.  Weird but frames the ball nicely in the center.

    Tensei AV is a really good no upcharge shaft.  ALL of the custom specs on this were hit perfectly, great job by the build team


     
    The Bad
    1.       The box
    This one really isn’t completely on Callaway, but the box was pretty beat up when it got to me.  I was pretty surprised by it to be completely honest.  The only thing that might be on them is that the club itself it wasn’t protected at all outside of the headcover.  No packing paper, no plastic wrapping, NO WRENCH.  It looked like it came from an eBay seller, not a major manufacturer.

     
    The Ugly
    1.       The headcover
    Some people might hate me for this one, but I really dislike the headcover.  Don’t get me wrong, it is definitely premium.  But the aesthetics of it, for me, were a miss.  The shiny blue finish with the white simply doesn’t scream class.  Assuming the club stays in my bag (and I think it will), the headcover likely will not.

     
    First Swings
    I have access to a simulator, and so as a first little sneak peak test, I decided to hit 5 shots with my current M1 (YELLOW) and the new Paradym (RED).  As you can see, the Paradym was a bit straighter, longer, and went a little higher (albeit not by much).
    These swings were in my work clothes with no warmup, I just needed a test drive.  I will be bringing the club out this weekend for its first real round.
    First thoughts: Jack of All Trades.  Is it the longest? No.  Is it the most forgiving? No.  But I truly believe this might be the best combination of both on the market.  I was letting go on some shots and lacked no confidence it would go straight and long.  
    Honestly, I'm loving it.  We will see if that sentiment remains with time


     
    Testing Updates
    Testing Update 1 - FIRST ROUND (6/4/2023):
    https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/59432-2023-mgs-forum-test-callaway-paradym-drivers/?do=findComment&comment=933573
     
    Testing Update 2 - SIMULATOR SESSION (6/12/2023):
    https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/59432-2023-mgs-forum-test-callaway-paradym-drivers/?do=findComment&comment=936560
     
    Testing Update 3 - FATHER'S DAY 3 ROUNDS (6/20/2023):
    https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/59432-2023-mgs-forum-test-callaway-paradym-drivers/?do=findComment&comment=939756
     
    Testing Update 4 - BETHPAGE BLACK / HAMILTON FARM (6/26/2023):
    https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/59432-2023-mgs-forum-test-callaway-paradym-drivers/?do=findComment&comment=941864
     
    Testing Update 5 - PARADYM REVIEW // AKA BETHPAGE GREEN REVIEW // AKA BEST ROUND EVER (7/10/2023):
    https://forum.mygolfspy.com/topic/59432-2023-mgs-forum-test-callaway-paradym-drivers/?do=findComment&comment=946350
     
    Invader Zim - Callaway Paradym Final Review
    First Impressions (14 out of 20)
    I think you can gather by now that all of us had relatively mixed feelings when it came to our first impressions.  
    The Good: First, the club is drop dead gorgeous. Second, the speed in which Callaway Customs flipped our orders was nothing short of phenomenal.  There are other OEMs that take weeks, even months, to send out custom orders.  We had ours in a week.
    The Bad: These things have absolutely zero implications on the performance of the golf club, and I respect Callaway’s claims of looking to reduce their material use, BUT I truly do believe that if you are going to fork up $700 (plus another $100-$200 for a fitting) for a premium experience, then the product needs to be delivered in a premium way.  I was genuinely concerned that my club could be broken in the manner it was delivered (photos above), and the head wasn't screwed on all the way.  This wouldn't be an issue, but they don't include a wrench (-5 points).  The last point is for the headcover.  It is premium in every way, just aesthetically it's not a headcover I want to leave in the bag (-1 point).
     
    Aesthetics (10 out of 10)
    Truly, I think this is one of the prettiest drivers I have ever held in my hands, and definitely a top 3 in terms of looks for 2023.  This is a pretty big compliment coming from me because, honestly, I couldn’t stand the looks of the Maverik or the Rogue ST.
    A. Looks
    While the driver is a beautiful shade of blue, @azstu324 described it best when he mentioned that, even on a sunny day, the driver really plays as if it’s black.  If you are deterred by the blue as a consumer, I would look past it.  For example, my 3 wood is a blue Mizuno, and that’s really blue.  It’s only when you stick this thing under an LED light or take photos with flash that you really see the marbling pop.

    Shape: The shape of the head is phenomenal to my eye.  It’s a pretty large footprint but not out of this world massive, and it sits by the ball so nicely. To my eye, it does look like it sits just a tiny bit open in the neutral setting.
    Finishing: While the gloss finish is noticeable on a bright day, after a few swings I was used to it and it hasn’t produced any issues since. The driver doesn’t pop in your bag the way a Stealth 2 might - again, possibly a testament to the blue marbling being more understated than a bright red face might be - but I like that.  I have never wanted a driver that’s too flashy, and I think the Paradym seamlessly integrates having a little flash with the blue/orange while also looking pretty classic.
    The Face: What I really want to express is how phenomenal the face looks.  One of the greatest detriments to my M1 was the black face, I just didn’t love the way it framed.  The coloring and pattern on the Paradym face are a masterclass.

    B. Sound and Feel
    The sound of the Standard is phenomenal.  Not too loud, but also not muted.  It was really crisp.  My M1 always felt and sounded a bit dead off the face, and the Paradym produces a significantly greater “pop” and feels hot.
    Aesthetics TL;DR: All in all, I was so pleasantly surprised by the looks and feel of the driver.  It’s drop dead gorgeous and while the blue marble finish is really cool, it isn’t too much on the course and the driver actually looks quite traditional.  The face is phenomenal looking, and produces a very crisp sound and pop feel.

     
     
    The Numbers (9 out of 10)
    Accuracy: Can I still miss fairways? Yeah, definitely.  But there is no question in my mind that my dispersion is better than it was previously
    Distance: Did I gain 50 yards over my 2017 driver? Nope, but I did, on average, pick up 7-10 yards.  More importantly, the duck hooks that I used to deal with on a semi-regular basis are gone.  I don’t have nearly as many 125 yard drives… a win!
    Trajectory: Higher than my old M1, that’s for sure, but it varies.  If you hit it low on the face, it goes low.  If you hit towards the high toe, it’ll go high. Generally, I would say mid-high flight.
    Forgiveness, Control and Workability: Compared to my M1 (which was a low spin monster) this thing is WAY more forgiving.  The flight was pretty neutral, and the driver clearly wants to respond to your swing.  You normally play a fade? It’ll fade.  You normally hit a draw? It’ll draw.  It blends forgiveness and workability quite nicely.
    Numbers - TL;DR: So why take off a point? Well, maybe it’s unfair for me to say this, but the driver isn’t a magic pill.  Let me say it again, the Paradym is a fantastic all around driver.  But it honestly isn’t groundbreaking.  If you own a 2020-2022 fitted driver and enjoy it, I don’t necessarily know if you’ll see the performance gains to justify the price.  For someone like me who had a 2017 eBay driver? Oh yeah, it’s worth it.
     
    On-Course (19 out of 20)
    Ah, yes.  The most important part.  On course performance.  Has my driving improved since commencing this test? Yup, a bit.  Has my overall game subsequently followed and improved since commencing this test? Also yup.

    To elaborate: The numbers suggest that my driving has absolutely improved.  Am I hitting every fairway? No I’m not. And I had a couple of really bad days using this driver too.  I pulled one so far left on Bethpage Black that I hadn’t finished my swing by the time the caddie said to go grab another ball.  
    But that being said, my overall confidence has grown so much since putting this in the bag, and that alone makes me happy.  I’m a decent player, and while I typically try to play a slight fade with driver, I will look to work it both ways.  This driver gives me confidence to do that, and do it well.  
    Anecdote: I was in the midst of my best round ever at Bethpage Green last week (link above) and was even par through 15.  I knew I wanted to try and make a birdie and shoot under par.  While I ended up shooting 2 over, it wasn’t because of my driver.  262 (fairway), 298 (fairway) and 275 (safe right rough) when the pressure was on.  That is a great feeling as I move forward.
     
    Fairway Percentage Before Paradym: 42.3%
    Fairway Percentage After Paradym: 52.7%
    Handicap Before Paradym: 6.5
    Handicap After Paradym: 5.7
     
    On Course - TL;DR: I’m going to be completely honest with you all - before this test, when I thought of the major Mount Rushmore manufacturers in golf, I really considered Callaway to be the mule.  I don’t have any other Callaway clubs, I tried and discarded the Chrome Soft, and didn’t really think that they made the best products.  This test really flipped the switch for me.  This is a fantastic driver and it performs exactly the way I want it to.  Does it solve every driver woe? Does it immediately help me hit 90% of fairways? No to both.  But my on course performance has undoubtedly improved since putting it in the bag.
    Draw Swing
    Fade Swing

     
    The Good, the Bad, the Inbetween (18 out of 20)
    The overwhelming majority of this experience with Callaway has been beyond awesome.  From the amazing fitting at the New York Golf Center in NYC, to the speed at which Callaway sent us our clubs, to the pure fun that I have had during this test with the other guys, this has been a great experience.  While the box was a little smashed, delivery was smooth.
    There is one thing I want to bring up as a bad / inbetween though.  I know one of the other guys dealt with ferrule creep, and I dealt with the driver not being fully screwed on all the way.  Furthermore, as I have played more and more rounds, sometimes when I set the clubhead on the ground, I hear a slight rattle.  It hasn’t impacted anything, and I haven’t been able to locate the source of it (maybe the weight in back?), but I do have small concerns about how this club will hold up over time.  That’s something I will continue to look for over time and can update this thread if anything changes, but for now I think that concern does validate a few points deduction.
     
    Play it or Trade it? (20 out of 20)
    Since the day I put this in the bag, there hasn’t been a second that I’ve considered putting the M1 back into the bag.  I mentioned this earlier - if you have a recent fitted driver and you like it, keep it.  But if you’re like me and you had a second hand driver and have never been fit, this club is a phenomenal option.  I don’t have any questions that this Paradym will help me play my best this season and beyond, and I foresee this being in my bag for the next 3-5 years (assuming it holds up).

     
    Conclusion
    I’ve mentioned this a few times throughout the testing process, but I think if you as a consumer are looking for one of the best all around drivers on the market, the Paradym absolutely needs to be part of your search.  Is it as long as the Stealth? Maybe not.  Is it as forgiving as the G430? Maybe not. But I think it will give every user a unique and desired combination of the two.
    So, is this thing a magic pill? It’s not. I think as golfers we’re always searching for one, and in reality they just don’t exist.  It is what makes this game so amazing and frustrating at the same time.  That said, I continue to feel like this driver is going to produce a result that is long enough and straight enough to help me play great golf.
    I trust this driver when it's in my hands, and I’m comfortable taking it out of the bag to use. I think for us mere mortals, that’s just about all we could hope for.
     
    Final Score (90 out of 100)
    A huge thank you to MGS and Callaway for placing their trust in myself and the other testers.  I had an amazing time working with the guys, and I hope you have all enjoyed following along.  Should you have any questions about the test or the Standard Paradym, please reach out via DM and I will 100% answer them.
     



     
     
     
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    Invader Zim 315 got a reaction from tdroma98 in The Good Morning Thread   
    Good Morning everyone,
    It's been a long few weeks over here.  Just a lot of life hitting me recently, but tough times don't last tough people do.
    Now that the Callaway Paradym test is over, I might take the rest of the summer to do an unofficial test of the TM Spider GTX I got earlier this year.  Is that something anyone would be interested in? It's been pretty dang good for me so far but haven't seen too too much info on the forum about it


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