Callaway Paradym Vs Cobra Aerojet Driver Comparison
With a new year a new line of golf clubs invariably comes from the game’s top manufacturer.
In 2023, golfers have been treated to the new Cobra Aerojet and Callaway Paradym drivers.
Both driver lines have the markings of true modern drivers – namely, carbon fiber appointments. But which driver should you have your eye on in 2023? We tested both of them side-by-side to help you figure it out.
Callaway Paradym Driver Overview
“The Callaway Paradyme driver family includes the standard Paradym, the Paradym X and the Paradym Triple Diamond.”
The Triple Diamond is the only one with a 450cc head and is for faster swinging players who want lower spin and launch off the tee. The X version has an elongated head and slight draw bias via a 5 gram weight. The standard Paradym driver features a 15 gram sliding track weight.
For this comparison we focused specifically on the standard Paradym model. The Callaway Paradym features a carbon fiber sole and crown to help keep weight down and make way for the 15 gram sliding weight that can be positioned for draw, neutral or fade bias.
It also features a forged titanium face with a deep profile. Couple that with a 460cc head and you have a driver that looks forgiving and is forgiving. Our testers were able to smack the ball an average of 238.7 yards after three swings each.
Cobra Aerojet Driver Overview
“The Cobra Aerojet lineup includes the standard version, the LS version and the Max version.”
The Max is the most forgiving while the LS provides the lowest spin and launch. Since the standard version is the middle ground between the other two, it’s also the one we zoned in on for this test.
The Cobra Aerojet driver also features a carbon sole and crown but instead of a forged titanium face, Cobra opted for a variable thickness face that really helps push ball speeds on low-face shots. The Cobra Aerojet also has a forward floating weight to cut down on side spin. There is no adjustable weight; but there is an adjustable loft sleeve. Our testers averaged 234.4 yards with the Cobra Aerojet.
“While it does play a bit shorter, the Cobra Aerojet driver was actually more forgiving than the Paradym. The Paradym however, had a nicer feel. Both drivers deserve your attention if you are a mid to high handicapper.”
Callaway Paradym Driver – First Impressions
“The Blue colored full carbon chassis of the Callaway Paradym really grew on us as the round wore on, espeically due to the exceptional forgiveness from the clubs Ai enhanced face”
The Ai enhancement of the forged titanium face ensures that the ball is going straight from almost any area across it.
It is also big and inviting in the Paradym and Paradym X models.
The Triple diamond is more compact and will offer tour players longer distance and more workability in the 2023 season.
The Face Cup Technology wraps around the face to extend the forgiveness even further and enhance the flex across the face.
The Ai Jailbreak speedbar technology is still on offer but it is reduced to a single bar again with two prons at the bottom. This offers enhanced ballspeeds and increased stability.
The 360 Degree Carbon chassis is a first in the industry and offers unrivalled weight savings which are then redistributed to enhance the ball speeds on offer.
Overall these clubs are longer, more forgiving and feel better than their predecessors.
The only problem is the premium price tag that comes with them which is close to $700 or £600.
Callaway Paradym Family
The Paradym has an adjustable 15g slot that can be adjusted to suit your swing style.
It offers mid level spin and superb distance. Were getting around 10 yards further the Rogue ST Driver from 2022.
For someone that tends to draw the ball a little bit, the Paradym X was drawing a bit much for my liking but it will definitely suit a slicer.
It is the highest launching, highest spinning model with the shortest distance.
It is probably worth sacrificing that extra distance to actually land on the Fairway more consistently.
Expect to see the Paradym Triple Diamond extensively on tour this year, while some Tour Pros will prefer the regular Paradym.
The Diamond version has a 450cc head, and adjustable weighting. It offers stronger lofts, the most distance and the lowest launch angle.
Cobra Aerojet Driver – First Impressions
“The Cobra Aerojet is a little understated in looks with the black carbon crown. It’s been designed like an airplane to redce drag and increase club head speed.”
The price has gotten a little bit closer to the Big boys like the Stealth 2, G430 and the Callaway Paradym but Cobra have earned their spot at the top table.
The Carbon Crown is 30% smaller than its predecessor and there is a 15 Spot A.i optimized Hot Face that delivers high ball speeds on toe and heel strikes.
The Hot Face sits on the L Shape Pwrshell cup face and there was no space left for the CNC milling in the latest Cobra iteration.
The Pwr Bridge is similar to the Jailbreak tech from Callaway except it runs parallel from toe to heel. It ensures a decent launch angle, stability, and more flex around the face alongside a better energy transfer.
There are interchangeable tungsten weights on the sole of each club which can be moved around to give you the perfect performance for your game.
This driver is right up there with the top brands in terms of distance, forgiveness and dispersion.
We can’t wait to see Bryson smashing this one down the fairway in 2023
Cobra Aerojet 2 Family
Like most 2023 drivers, the aerojet comes in 3 different versions to choose from.
The LS version has a 457cc head for more workability, it has the lowest spin and it bombs the furthest, be careful tho, it is not the most forgiving for high handicappers. It has 2 adjustable weights on the sole.
The regular Aerojet is similar to the LS except it has a slightly bigger head, launches a bit higher, and has a slightly higher spin rate. Very similar performance to the LS except it is a bit more forgiving.
The max version is the highest launching and most forgiving member of the family for high handicappers. It has two adjustable weights to get it into a draw or fade mode.
Callaway Paradym Selling Points
- 15% Tighter Downrange Dispersion
- More Distance
- The face is extremely forgiving
- Triple Diamond plays hot
- Plenty of adjustable weighting
- X version is great for a slice.
Cobra Aerojet Selling Points
- Excellent Ball Speeds
- Sounds and feels powerful
- Adjustable weighting
- Cheaper than competitors
- Pwr Bridge is great for speed, launch and stability
- A.i optimized 15 zone Hot face for great shots across the face.
Who is the Callaway Paradym Driver for?
“The 3 Paradym drivers on offer from Callaway have enough firepower to suit every type of golfer possible.”
While the draw bias X version was a little too draw bias for us. Some players who don’t slice the ball have found it incredibly straight. It launches high and it is the most forgiving by far. Slightly less distance than the regular Paradym.
The regular Paradym will be the best choice for almost all players. It has an adjustable 15g weight on the back that will suit and shot type.
This one is jam packed with the latest ai technology and carbon body. We found it 10 yards longer and more forgiving than the 2022 model.
The triple diamond is going to be limited to the best strikers in the game.
We were spraying this one left and right but when we did catch it flush, it flew for miles.
Overall a very impressive if not slightly expensive set of drivers.
Feel & Control: 94/100
Overall Score: 96/100
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Who is the Cobra Aerojet Driver For?
“The Aerojet is suitable for all golfers who want maximum speed and accuracy from a top of the range driver.”
There is a version to suit everybody. The LS will suit low handicappers looking for maximum distance.
The regular Aerojet is similar but slightly larger and more forgiving for mid handicappers.
The Max is the highest launching and most forgiving of the drivers which will be perfect for high handicappers.
Feel & Control: 93/100