What's new? How much does it cost? And how does it perform? Jack Backhouse brings you the low down on the new Callaway Paradym X hybrid.

How does Callaway’s new Paradym X hybrid perform? Find out in our Callaway Paradym X hybrid review.

Callaway Paradym X Hybrid review: NCG Summary

Callaway Paradym X hybrid
Callaway Paradym X hybrid
NCG SUMMARY

The Paradym X hybrid is long. Really long. The new wood-shaped hybrid produces ball speeds that I would expect from the fairway metal I currently use.

The new cutwave sole design makes this hybrid unbelievably easy to use out of claggy rough, launching the ball was no problem from all different kinds of .

PROS

  • Really easy to get in the air
  • Neutral-looking address position
  • Great ball speeds from all strike locations

CONS

  • Not many shaft options for the premium price
  • Not the most consistent spin outcomes

First Impressions

The Paradym X hybrid looks top-notch. The blue forged carbon and rose gold weights give this club a really expensive feel, and the wood-shaped head is hugely confidence-inspiring. I love that Callaway have kept the clubhead clean and simple on the crown, which adds to its elite looks.

Paradym X hybrid

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I am not a huge hybrid fan, but the Callaway Paradym X hybrid was really fun to test. The oversized wood-shaped head will relax players and boost confidence as the huge mass behind the ball makes you feel like all of your shots are going to come out high and fast.

Paradym X hybrid review

The big upgrade Callaway have made to their hybrids is the all-new cutwave sole design. It’s designed specifically to cut through thick rough, and an increased camber on the leading edge should improve how your club moves through the turf.

This is big news for hybrid players as often I have found that the clubs can get stuck when trying to get out of an iffy lie, which to me, defeats one of the main points of a hybrid. I threw some balls into the thick clagg at my home course Sand Moor and was pleasantly surprised that the shots came out pretty well.

The Callaway Paradym X hybrid is hot. I have never seen ball speeds up to 144.8mph (!) from a hybrid before. I hit the 18-degree version, and the shots were really long. In summer, on a dry fairway, these shots would be going 250 or so yards, which is incredible from a hybrid.

Callaway Paradym Hybrid

Callaway’s jailbreak technology with batwing design & tungsten speed cartridge are to thank for the mind-boggling distance. moving the centre of gravity lower and further forwards lowers spin. Combining that with increased stiffness in the perimeter of the club and a face that can flex more gives us mega ball speed.

There hasn’t been a complete design overhaul from the previous steal model; Twist Face design, Thru Slot Speed Pocket and the classic V Steel sole design all return as they contribute to the hybrid being incredibly easy to use.

Like most golfers who will be interested in this hybrid, I didn’t hit every shot out of the middle of the face. Whilst the ball speeds did stay high, and I maintained great distance (thank you, AI-designed 455 face cup), I did see a bit of a drop-off in spin consistency.

Callaway Paradym hybrid review

For me, this causes a bit of a problem as the shots felt less controlled, and I’m not sure I’d be pleased with that hitting into a green. This may be different if I tried other lofts and might just be because I wasn’t custom fit for the club.

The Callaway Paradym X hybrid is going to solve a lot of golfers’ problems in 2023. It’s tremendously long, easy to hit and has some serious bag appeal. Whether you want it to use off the tee as a safety club, or will be using it regularly for your 2nd shots, Callaway’s new forgiving hybrid will help you make less mistakes with your long clubs and lower your scores.

Callaway Paradym X Hybrid Review: The Details

Available: 24th Feb 2023

RRP: £299

Lofts: 3: 18° – 4: 21° – 5: 24° – 6: 27°- 7: 30°

Featured shaft: MCA Aldila Ascent PL Blue 40g & 50g – Project X HZRDUS Silver 60g 70g

Grip: Callaway Universal Grip – Lamkin ST Soft Undersized

More information: Callaway Website

How do we test golf clubs?

To test this product we travelled to West Cliffs a leading European golf course just North of Lisbon. The idea was to get some warmer weather and escape our frozen British courses. It of course rained, a lot, was very windy. Each of our test team were allocated a category of golf clubs, fairways, or a specific type of driver or iron.

We gathered data on a Trackman 4 or FlightScope. We used Titliest Pro V1 for all tests. The samples we have are either fully fitted for our testers or ordered in our assumed specs. We are then able to optimise performance by swapping shafts and playing with the adjustability.

As well as that dry testing all of the product was tested on course in a comparative environment with other product from the same category. We recognise that no testing process is perfect and just aim to be fair in our treatment, transparent in our process and candid in our feedback.

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Jack Backhouse

Jack is a PGA Golf Professional who specialises in coaching. He also loves his golf equipment and getting into the data of the latest clubs on the market. Jack has quickly become a go-to for expertise on a wide range of golf products but specialises in reviewing hardware. If you are looking for some new golf clubs make sure you have checked out his latest driver, fairway wood or iron reviews. He previously worked in wealth management, all of this means that number crunching and launch monitors are his favourite thing in the world. Jack is a member at Sandmoor Golf Club and regularly gets out on the golf course to maintain his scratch handicap.

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