Every lie, every condition
Golf is never a clean-cut easy game, and we often find ourselves in unfavourable lies. When disaster strikes, which club do you reach for to get your game back on track?
Whacking a driver down the centre of the fairway is just about one of the best feelings in golf. There’s nothing like going to pick up your tee knowing that you’ve hit your Sunday best and received the plaudits from your playing partners.
One of the reasons we’re able to pull off such cracking shots is because of the technology packed into these clubs – as well as our unwavering natural ability! – that is getting honed and enhanced with each generation that passes.
Broadly speaking, drivers are made of three components: the grip, shaft, and clubhead. We’re all too familiar with how our favourite driver feels and performs, but have you ever wondered how the inner workings of the club help us achieve the results we’re after? Please read on as we dissect Callaway’s latest Paradym driver to give you this wonderful insight.
First of all, there are three drivers in the Paradym range. You may not know anything about them at a glance but they all have distinct names, the Paradym X, the Paradym Triple Diamond, and the standard Paradym driver.
The standard Paradym model is the driver that will best fit most golfers. The clubhead has a nice refined shape, and has an adjustable perimeter weighing to help you hit draw and fade shots. The club promotes high launch and is a real balance of giving you great distance, forgiveness, and adjustability.
The Paradym X is the most forgiving model in the range and is aimed at higher handicap players that need help improving their game. The X will help give you high launch and has a slight draw bias which will help you make straighter drives and keep the ball on the fairway.
The Paradym Triple Diamond has been made for better players that consistently strike the ball well and want to have the option to better shape their shots. It’s the lowest spinning and lowest launching of the models so if you have the ability you can really work this driver to your advantage.
When it comes to your driver, it’s useful to appreciate how the shaft and clubhead fit together. The hosel connects the two and acts as a kind of socket that the shaft fits into. Modern drivers, including the Paradym, have adjustable hosels that we can twist and lock in place to change the loft of the club face. The Paradym has four different loft settings, these being -1, 0, +1, and +2 degrees. Changing up your loft will give you a higher or lower shot shape depending on what’s best for you.
The face is naturally the part of the driver that makes contact with the ball. It’s important you make the best contact possible, so Callaway has designed their driver’s face using artificial intelligence. This means that the surface of the face is as smooth and even as possible so that you pull off a good shot even if you don’t hit it out of the center. The multiple-thickness face design is the end result of extensive computer analysis and AI simulations to make the most responsive driver face possible.
Callaway’s Jailbreak system behind the face gives you faster ball speeds to give you more distance off the tee. The Jailbreak tech includes two internal bars behind the face that keep the crown and face a solid structure. This allows for a faster rebound effect and more energy to be transferred back into the ball.
The crown is the top section of the clubhead that you’re looking down when you’re standing over your ball. The Paradym’s crown is made of a carbon chassis that is 44% lighter than a traditional titanium chassis. This weight has been repositioned so that the club is less likely to twist at impact.
On the driver clubhead, there are toe and heel sections that take up opposite sides of the clubface. The heel sits between the hosel and face while the toe connects the face to the end of the club. You’ll want to avoid making connection with these sections of the club as your shot could go anywhere!
While irons and wedges are designed to make good contact with the ground, woods, especially drivers, are shaped to better launch a ball that’s teed up. The sole of the Paradym is connected to the carbon chassis that spreads all the way round to the crown.
It can only help your game to have better a better knowledge of how your club’s work. But while it’s great to know the theory, we all know that practice makes perfect. You can always contact us if you’d like to book in a lesson to help you get better at your game.