Callaway Paradym Vs Wilson Dynapower Irons Comparison Overview


What kind of irons do you need?

Would your game benefit more from player’s distance irons or game improvement irons? What is even the difference? Now that a slew of new iron sets are now available, we have been working our way through them.

From Wilson, we have the new Wilson Dynapower irons – certainly game improvement irons. From Callaway, we have the Paradym irons – irons classified as player’s distance irons. What kind of player does each set suit? Read on to find out.

Callaway Paradym Irons Overview

“What makes the Paradym irons player’s distance irons is the more compact head profile than you average game improvement iron.”

And while the compact head design helps with workability, a true player’s distance iron will have features that are predicated on yard gainage. In the case of the Callaway Paradym irons, the distance features we see are the forged 455 steel face and dual weighting.

The dual tungsten weighting will help keep your shots straighter. And as you may already know, tighter dispersion leads to a moderate increase in yardage. The forged 455 steel face steals the show though.

It has a soft, explosive feel that will  help faster swing speed players get more GIRs. Simply put, the Callaway Paradym irons are for fast swingers who can make consistent contact.

Wilson Dynapower Irons Comparison Overview

“Right off the bat, you can see that the new Wilson Dynapower irons have a larger footprint than the Paradym irons.”

The steeper face profile and more mass placed in the toe area make for a very forgiving set of irons. Not to mention the offset which is progressive throughout the set. The Wilson Dynapower irons are most certainly game improvement irons because most of their design was devoted to forgiveness.

The Wilson Dynapower irons also feature AI-designed variable face thickness. The faces are cast – not forged. However, they do offer better ball speeds on errant shots than the Callaway Paradym irons. The Wilson Dynapower irons won’t be workable from side-to-side but mid handicappers will be able to control launch angles.

“The Wilson Dynapower irons are better if you have a slower swing speed too. They will suit 10-19 handicap range players. The Callaway Paradym irons favor a more aggressive swing transition and are better for 5-15 handicap range players. It may also be worth noting that the Wilson Dynapower irons are significantly more affordable than the Paradym irons.”

Callaway Paradym Irons First Impressions

The first thing to notice about the Paradym irons is the attractive design which looks great in the bag and will have plenty of shelf appeal in 2023.

They have a player’s profile at address and are built to get the maximum distance possible.

The stronger lofts add about 5 to 10 yards to each and the feel explosive on impact.

The price point is quite high but the premium forged steel face does make up for this to a certain extent.

The irons come in 2 flavors:

Callaway Paradym Irons:

For low to mid-handicappers looking for distance, easy launch, stopping power, and workability.

Paradym X Irons Perfect for Mid Handicappers looking for distance, easy launch, and forgiveness.

The irons have a rounded shape that we expect from Callaway and the paradigm shift occurs within the clubs and not on the outside.

The 455 premium steel face was reserved for only hybrids, woods and drivers up to now. With the advances in A.i design, they are now available in the irons.

The Paradym irons will be for consistent strikers even though they are forgiving on mishits. This is down to the compact blade which had us missing left and right a bit too often.

We found the Paradym X to be better suited to our game and they are quite long, adding 5 to 10 extra yards from what we would expect.

They get progressively more workable as you get to the shorter irons and the pre-worn leading edge allows the ball to get good air time more easily.

With the premium price point, we wouldn’t be rushing out to get these irons unless you are due an upgrade and they are the best clubs for you after fitting.

The hollow body players distance iron market is quite competitive.

Wilson Dynapower First Impressions

“The Wilson Dynapower irons have a very sleek and clean design which is a welcome site from a lot of the more recent game improvement irons that quite frankly, tend to look too busy.”

Wilson did a good job of not going overboard with the cavity undercut while still making the Dynapower irons forgiving. The blade length is about what you would expect from a GI iron but you get a good amount of up-and-down workability.

And you would think that with a shallower undercut cavity that it would be hard to get air under the ball. However, it would seem that mass was also allocated to the soles of these irons, making it much easier to launch the ball. This is especially helpful around the pin because the grooves in the scoring irons aren’t very aggressive.

Callaway Paradym Iron Selling Points

  • 455 Steel Forged Face Cup
  • Hollow Bodied With Plenty Of Tungsten Weighting
  • Pre Worn Leading Edge
  • X Version for more forgiveness
  • Attractive design
  • Urethane Microspheres to absorb impact
  • Powerful sound and feel

Wilson Dynapower Iron Selling Points

  • Power Hole 3.0 technology for a more forgiving face
  • Designed with assistance from AI
  • Strong lofts
  • Low CG
  • Thin face design
  • Progressive offset
  • Longer, smoother hosel transition
  • Good combination of looks and forgiveness

Who Are The Callaway Paradym Irons For?

These are perfect for golfers looking for distance and workability who are due an upgrade, have a decent budget and are suited to the clubs through a fitting.

The Paradym irons are not the most forgiving due to the compact blade but they are long, get the ball in the air and have decent stopping power for relatively low spin rates.

The X version will suit higher handicap players who want distance and forgiveness with some ball flight control thrown in.

They are a premium set of irons and have a premium price point.

The powerful will be great for a golfer with a higher swing speed who wants to work the ball with a draw or a fade.

The looks and the power feel were the most impressive for us and they do add distance, but again, this is more down to the stronger lofts and they dont add much from the Rogue St series.

For us, they are mainly for Callaway Affectionados who don’t mind spending more for premium quality.

Distance: 96/100

Forgiveness: 92/100

Accuracy: 94/100

Feel & Control: 95/100

Overall Score: 94/100

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Who Are the Wilson Dynapower Irons for?

“The Wilson Dynapower irons would be a good choice for players in the 10-19 handicap range.”

They offer a good combination of forgiveness and workability. So if you are knocking on the door of a single digit handicap, these irons can get you there. Likewise, if you are trying to get down to the mid teen handicap range, the Wilson Dynapower irons have the forgiveness and distance/accuracy assistance to elevate your game.

One of the best things about these irons is that they will help you straighten out your shot. The face feels hot and very responsive. More mass moved to the toe area also means that many players can gain a few extra yards simply by launching their balls straighter.

Our testing team also mentioned that the Wilson Dynapower irons were great confidence boosters. They have a better look than most modern game improvement irons too. So if you really want to lower your score but are a bit bashful about gaming huge shovels, these irons would be a great choice for you.

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