Taylormade Stealth Vs Callaway Paradym Driver Comparison Review
It would very much appear that the carbon fiber age is upon us.
More and more manufacturers are switching from titanium to carbon fiber for golf club design – Callaway and Taylormade are a couple of perfect examples of this ongoing shift.
However, the designs are new and not every player will be able to benefit from such a stark shift.
We took a look at a couple of drivers that feature carbon fiber prominently in one fashion or another: the Callaway Paradym and the Taylormade Stealth drivers.
Which is the king of the carbon fiber age? Let’s find out.
Taylormade Stealth Driver Overview
“The Taylormade Stealth driver features multiple layers of thin carbon fiber…on the face.”
Usually, carbon fiber is used for the crown, sole or both. But Taylormade has made probably the most dramatic shift in the use of carbon fiber as it pertains to golf clubs.
The carbon fiber face construction and polyurethane wrap had a very unique feel. The best thing about it was that the face felt lively and responsive.
The worst thing about it is that it was at times too soft and too quiet – this affected feedback.
The Stealth driver also features the asymmetric inertia generator which improves the aerodynamics of the head and allows for good forgiveness all over the face.
Our testers were averaging 231.4 yards with this driver after three swings each.
Callaway Paradym Driver Overview
“The Callaway Paradym features a 15-gram sliding weight that shifts the CG of the club head.”
This is always a nice feature to have for your fitting. It also makes it the more playable driver for a wider array of players compared to the Taylormade Stealth driver.
The Callaway Paradym is sort of the inverse of the Stealth driver in terms of carbon fiber use: the Callaway Paradym features carbon fiber on the sole and crown.
In fact, the whole chassis is made of carbon fiber; but the face is made of forged titanium. The Callaway Paradym driver had a more satisfying sound and feel at impact.
The spin rates were also kept in the 2400 RPM which helped push the average distance for our testers to 238.7 yards.
“As you can see, the Callaway Paradym played a bit longer for our testers which was mostly due to faster club head speeds and lower spin rates.
So we would dub the Callaway Paradym the superior driver for the carbon fiber age.”
Taylormade Stealth Driver – First Impressions
The Taylormade Stealth driver was impressive in almost every respect but we were really interested in testing our first carbon-faced driver.
For the most part, we weren’t disappointed. While it became clear fairly early on that the Taylormade Stealth driver was more for mid to low handicap players, it was awesome to experience something so fresh, new and most importantly, effective.
As you may expect from a Taylormade driver, the Taylormade Stealth features the famed speed pocket and a redesigned inertia generator that was upping the swing speeds of even our higher handicap testers (by 2-3 MPH).
The Stealth Family
The Stealth family includes the Stealth Plus and the Stealth HD drivers. The Stealth Plus is the only one in the line that features a sliding rear weight while the Stealth HD is the only one with internal draw bias.
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.
Taylormade Stealth Selling Points
- Carbon face
- Inertia generator
- Extreme rear weighting
- Adjustable hosel
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.
Who is the Taylormade Stealth Driver for?
This driver would be amazing for any fast swing speed player looking for maximum distance.
The Taylormade Stealth took everything great about the SIM driver and amplified it by giving it a more reactive face.
Taylormade Stealth Drivers
The Standard Stealth driver is joined by the Stealth Plus and the Stealth HD drivers. The Stealth Plus is the only one in the family with a sliding rear weight while the Stealth HD is the only one with draw bias.
Feel & Control: 95/100
Overall Score: 95/100
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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