Callaway Paradym Hybrid Review

A Hybrid That Takes Versatility Further

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Ryan Heiman
Founder and head author at Independent Golf Reviews

I played 5 rounds of golf with the Callaway Paradym Hybrid in my bag. It is a full size wood like hybrid that offers awesome distance, high launch, and excellent turf interaction.  Callaway built all of their wood technologies into this hybrid.  I was also able to hit it in the iGR Office by Carl’s Place Golf on my FlightScope Xi Tour Launch Monitor to collect shot data.

Here is my overall experience and thoughts on the Callaway Paradym Hybrid for 2023.


The reason hybrids have become so popular over the years is their versatility.  They are easier to hit than a fairway wood and an iron as well as offering more control, more creativity and overall better scoring opportunities.  The Callaway Paradym Hybrid steps up the versatility of a hybrid a notch with Jailbreak, Batwing,Cutwave Sole and Tungsten Speed Cartridge.  Basically Callaway packed all their wood technology into their smallest head to create a fast, long, high launching, easy to hit, versatile hybrid.

The Callaway Paradym Hybrid is on the bigger side of hybrids as far as footprints go.  While the X model is bigger yet, the regular Paradym has some beef.  Thankfully they kept the offset minimal so that better players can get the benefit of this hybrid.  It really has a neutral design so that this big hybrid still wants to go straight.  It feels closer to a fairway wood than a long iron.  It does create confidence when it sit behind the ball.   One of the reasons that golfers might like a smaller hybrid head size has to do with turf interaction.  The Cutwave Sole solves that…

What is Cutwave Sole?  The Callaway Paradym Hybrid has as you can see from the picture, 3 “rudder” like ridges with cutouts in between to create less turf interaction. Callaway isn’t the first to put something like this on the bottom of their woods, but as I’ve said in reviews of similar technology; it works!  I’m am impressed with how easily this large hybrid glides through the turf, grass and even rough.  While it isn’t overly deep it does guide the club on a straight line and keeps it from getting hung up while passing through the ball.

Batwing is another technology found in the Callaway Paradym Hybrid.  What is that?  It is partially visible on the sole with the tungsten weight and the other “wing” parts are internal.  They create a stiff frame with weight forward to reduce spin and keep the face hot.  Add Jailbreak and you have one hot forgiving face.  At impact you can feel the ball explode off the face.  Even on off-center strikes the ball carries and holds the line very nicely.  This club has length to spare and plenty of low spin power.

The Callaway Paradym Hybird also took a more neutral approach to the face.  While some hybrids have a really tall/thick toe, the Paradym has a more neutral/oval shape.  This is also appealing to the better golfer since that high toe sometimes signifies draw bias.  This 455 Cup Face has AI technology to vary the thickness for maximum ball speed where you are most likely to hit it.  It is tall enough to create confidence, yet versatile enough to  get creative and hit a variety of shots. I went with the 18* head to fill a distance gap which could also be adjusted up or down a few degrees with the hosel.

The Callaway Paradym Hybrid shows its versatility on the course.  I’m impressed by the variety of shots I could hit with this club.  I was able to cut the corner over trees on a par 5, I was able to hit a stinger to stay under trees, I was able to hit a bump and run, I could bomb it off the tee, I could draw it off the fairway, I would escape the rough.  Pretty much if you can imagine a shot, this club could hit it.  Usually I find that kind of versatility in a more compact, iron like hybrid, but this is a testament to Callaway’s technology and design that they could make this larger powerful hybrid still so versatile.

The Callaway Paradym Hybrid has many shaft options.  Mine came with the Project X Cypher shaft.  It is lightweight and high launching.  This paired nicely with the lower lofted head.  The balance meant quick launch yet lowish spin and fairly flat flight.  If you go lower spin and lower launch shaft like the HAZRDUS Black, this thing is a monster.  Super long and low spin.

Callaway Paradym 18* Hybrid Stats

Data from Flightscope Xi Tour Launch Monitor

 Spin: 2989 rpms

 Launch Angle: 19.5*

Dispersion: 4.6 yds

 Club Head Speed: 97.1 mph

 Ball Speed: 137.5 mph

 Total Distance: 230.1 yds

 Carry Distance: 219.4 yds


The Callaway Paradym Hybird can hit every shot that you can imagine your hybrid to do.  It is loaded with technology that will help you hit normal shots that go high and long as well as pulling off shots that you need on the course to score better.  I’ve hit some of the most amazing shots with this club which put me in positions for birdies and eagles.  Technology like Batwing, Cutwave Sole, JailBreak, AI, and Tungsten Speed Cartridge means Callaway is squeezing as much as you can out of this hybrid. If you want to do more with a hybrid, check out the Callaway Paradym Hybird.   

For more information: Callaway Website

Callaway Paradym Hybrid – KEY POINTS
  • ℹ️  About: Callaway packed all their wood technology into their smalled head. This hybrid is as versatile as any hybrid I've ever hit. Tungsten Speed Cartridge, Cutwave Sole, Batwing, Jailbreak are all built into this hybrid.

  • ✅  Pros: Vesatile, Low spin, Hot face, Easy high launch,Forgiving, Long, Accurate.

  • ⛔  Cons: Big

  • ⛳  Verdict: If you want to do more with you hybrid and hit creative shots as well as straight long shots, the Callaway Paradym Hybird should be at the top of your list to demo. You won't find a more versatile hybrid out there. Callaway packed a lot into this hybird and it shows on the course.


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Ryan Heiman – Founder and Head Author of Independent Golf Reviews
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