Taylormade Qi10 Vs Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Irons
2024 is here and that means a whole host of new irons have just hit the market.
Callaway and Taylormade have already arrived at the party with new irons aimed at high to mid handicap players.
Callaway has come out with the 3 version Ai Smoke Irons and Taylormade have arrived with the 2 version Qi10 irons.
Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Irons Overview
The Ai Smoke Irons from Callaway carry on from the Paradym Irons released in 2023 which were a bit hit and miss.
The AI Smoke Irons come in 3 flavours:
Ai Smoke Max: Hollow Body players distance irons aimed at high to mid handicappers
Ai Smoke Hl: High launching and more forgiving for higher handicap players. Cavity backs.
Ai Smoke Max Fast: Lightweight configuration for slower swing speeds. Cavity backs.
The Paradym Ai Smoke Irons are cast and not forged like the 23 Paradyms and the result is major cost savings, a set comes in at about $999.
The smart face has been generated by AI and ensure fast balls speeds and consistency from shots anywhere on the face.
The dynamic sole also plays a major role in increasing the ball speeds generated.
The pre-worn leading edge ensures the clubs cut through the turf effortlessly and despite having stronger lofts, they are longer and higher launching than the 23 Pardym irons, with more stopping power on the greens.
The clubs ook and perform a lot better than the 23 Paradyms, inspiring confidence without being too bulky.
Taylormade Qi10 Irons Overview
Taylormade has come out with the QI10 irons as a successor to the Stealth irons in the game improvement category.
Immeidatly we can see that they look similar to Stealth irons but slightly more polished and refined.
The have bigger heads, a larger face and stronger lofts offer enhanced forgiveness and consistency across the face.
They also come in two flavors.
Qi10 Irons: Hollow Body Players Distance irons for high handicappers.
Qi10 HL Irons: Higher launching irons with weaker lofts, suited to higher handicappers and slower swing speeds.
One of the big claims from Taylormade is that they reduce a slice from 27ft to 3ft and we actually saw this working very well in the driver. It must be the Ai, because it works extremely well in the irons too.
They look confidence-inspiring at address without looking too big and clunky and will certainly wind up in many golf bags in 2024.
The Qi10 irons are going to be excellent for high handicap players, espeically those with a slice.
They are for golfers looking for max distance and consistency. The trade-off is that the backspin rates are lower and we have less workability with the irons.
The Ai Smoke irons are fantastic. They are long, straight, and forgiving, no matter where you hit the ball on the face.
The Qi10 irons are best for those who suffer from a big slice.
The Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke will suit slightly better players as they are still long and consistent but they also have higher spin rates and more stopping power.
Aidan Lehane here, I’m a Mid-low handicap golfer who has made tremendous progress in breaking 90 in just over 1 year of playing golf seriously.
I get out to the course or range as often as possible and review all the equipment I’ve come across on this blog.