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With the success of Callaway’s Paradym drivers, it’s no surprise you’re looking at the new irons for 2023. 

Like the Paradym metals, the Paradym irons also pack some speed with their new AI forged face cup design, which is Callaway’s most powerful face design to date.  

The irons come in two models: the Paradym and the Paradym X, and it can be hard to choose which ones to play as they both offer incredible distance and forgiveness.

So, let’s dive in and look at everything we think you should know before you make a purchase…

Two different models – but which one suits you?

One thing is for sure: Callaway have made superb irons for years and they continue that with the latest offering in the Paradym and Paradym X.

Callaway say the Paradym iron is designed for golfers who are “looking for a players’ distance iron with a refined shape and premium forging”. The Paradym X irons are designed for golfers who are “looking for an iron that’s incredibly long with premium forged feel”.

If you’re looking for distance, forgiveness with a premium forged feel, you’ll want to see this to the end. 

• FIRST LOOK: Callaway Paradym irons

What is a player’s distance iron?

The Callaway Paradym has been labelled a player’s distance iron due to its shape and what it offers – but what does that even mean? To break it down, a player’s distance iron is about getting the maximum amount of distance out of each shot.

It generally is designed to have great feel, forgiveness and be easier to hit than a lot of the clubs aimed at lower handicappers like muscle back or cavity back irons. 

What is a game improvement iron?

Typically, a game improvement iron will feature a cavity back, where the club is hollowed out behind the sweetspot and redistributed around the perimeter of the clubface.

The Paradym X differs slightly as it’s not overly bulky and doesn’t scream ‘game improvement’. Yes, it has a thicker topline with a thicker sole – but if you are mid-teens or higher handicapper standing over this at address, you’ll love what you see.

You will get the same benefits as a player’s distance iron but with more forgiveness, which is what you need. It’s not what I would say is your traditional looking game improvement iron, and that’s what makes it stand out. 

• REVIEW: Callaway Paradym irons

What tech similarities do they have?

Both feature Callaway’s AI forged 455 face which is their most powerful iron face to date. They both featured the hollow body construction with the speed frame technology to maximise ball speed and distance. They both have a thin Face cup which is supported by the speed frame to deliver maximum speed of the face.

Unseen to the eye, both irons have patented urethane microspheres inside the hollow body construction which delivers great acoustics and adds to the premium feel. The irons also have a pre worn leading edge which allows the irons to cut through the turf for more forgiveness. 

How do they differ?

Straight away, you will notice the difference in terms of looks and shape. At address, the Paradym has a thinner topline in more of a player profile and the Paradym X has a thicker topline with a wider sole with a larger profile. The Paradym X is designed to be easier to hit.

The Paradym shape allows for dual tungsten weighting which weighs up to 67g on the inside and outside of the clubhead, which improves launch and speed on mishits. The Paradym X also 79g of external and internal tungsten which delivers more speed, consistency with added forgiveness.

You’ll also find the CG is lower which means that if you catch it low of the face you will still get great speeds and distance on those lower face strikes. Both irons are stronger in loft so you will see penetrating ball flights with less spin. This contributes to improving the downrange dispersion. 

• WATCH: Callaway Paradym drivers – reviewed!

Which iron would suit your game?

Callaway’s Paradym irons are for golfers looking to get more distance out of their irons and tend to find the green and the fairways more often than not in a sleek player profile. A really good option if you are a low to mid handicapper looking to get more distance combined with forgiveness for even better consistency and dispersion.

The Paradym X has all same tech as the Paradym but with the wide sole and thicker topline. It looks more forgiving and will give you confidence at address. If you find yourself just missing fairways or greens, the forgiveness and dispersion of the Paradym X will keep your distance consistent and dispersion tighter. It’s a great option for your mid to higher handicapper looking for maximum distance with game improvement forgiveness.

It’s a tough decision on which one to game. Both are fantastic options and a lot of it will come down to personal preference and how it fits your eye. 

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