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This is a full review of the Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond driver.
The Paradym Triple Diamond (◊◊◊) is the better-player model in the Paradym line of drivers. It has a more compact, workable 450cc shape as well as a swappable front weight port that can be used to significantly reduce spin.
How does the Paradym Triple Diamond driver hold up when put to the test? How does it compare to the Paradym and Rogue ST Triple Diamond LS models? Who is it best suited for? Is it worth putting in the bag?
Read on to find out what you need to know to make an informed purchase.
Note: Unless otherwise stated, stock shafts and stock grips are used when evaluating this club. In most cases, the golf clubs reviewed on Golfstead are acquired temporarily for testing purposes and are not purchased. The review that follows is based on the personal experience and research of the author. Because everyone’s swing and body are different, results with a particular club may differ from person to person.
What are the reviews like?
The Paradym Triple Diamond driver has generally been praised by critics for its outstanding speed and low spin, although its distinct lack of forgiveness is noted.
The driver earned a gold medal on the 2023 Golf Digest Hot List and has a 4/5 (83% recommended) rating on the Callaway store.
What People Like
- very low spin with penetrating flight
- longer than the Rogue ST TD LS in most cases
- excellent smash factor
- launch is still decent
- premium aesthetics
- exceptional workability
What People Don’t Like
- too little forgiveness for some people
- adjustment wrench not included
The Paradym Triple Diamond has mostly the same technologies as the Paradym driver, namely:
- 360° Carbon Chassis: consists of a Triaxial Carbon Crown and forged carbon sole, saving 45% more weight than a titanium chassis. The saved weight is redistributed to increase MOI (and thus forgiveness) and maximize distance.
- A.I. Jailbreak Speed Frame: 33% lighter than previous designs, it vertically and horizontally connects the crown and sole to produce more ball speed and torsional stability towards the heel and toe.
- A.I.-Designed Face: optimizes launch, spin and ball speeds, and also improves downrange dispersion for more accuracy.
- Face Cup: featured in a driver for the first time, it further boosts ball speeds at every impact point across the face.
- Forged Titanium Face: works with the Face Cup to increase COR and energy transfer to the ball beyond what you would get with a standard driver face insert.
The key differences with the Paradym Triple Diamond driver are:
- front and back weight ports with 2g and 14g weights, respectively. The 14g weight can be put in the front for the lowest spin and most workability.
- a compact 450cc profile that suits the eye of better players
The Paradym Triple Diamond driver is available in 8°, 9°, and 10.5° standard lofts at 450cc.
The Paradym TD comes with an Optifit hosel that allows you to adjust loft and lie. The loft settings are -1, +1, 0 and +2 (a range of 3°). The lie settings are N (neutral) and D (draw), giving a total of 8 possible configurations.
The stock graphite shafts are the Project X HZRDUS Gen 4 Black 60, Mitsubishi Kai’li White 60 & 70, and Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 6. The stock grip is the Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360. Custom options are available.
If you’re interested, full information on the driver, shafts, grips and their specs can be found here.
Below are the specs of the Paradym Triple Diamond driver. Click or zoom to enlarge.
When hit solidly in the sweet spot, I was seeing the best smash factors out of all the Paradym drivers, which is to say that more ball speed was generated for a given clubhead speed.
This not only translated to a few more yards of carry, but also more rollout thanks to the lower spin (at least 300 RPMs less than the Paradym on average) and more penetrating flight. The result was the best performance I’ve seen in a TD driver to date.
That was with the 14g weight in the front, mind you. With it in the back, I was still getting great distance but the higher spin was holding it back a little.
The bottom line is this: if you have the swing speed to accommodate the Paradym Triple Diamond, you’ll be blown away by how many yards you get out of it.
Forgiveness is definitely the main weakness of the Paradym Triple Diamond. It’s noticeably worse than the other models, but it’s also what you would expect given the more forward CG and low spin.
Ball speed retention on mis-hits is quite good but dispersions can get pretty wide if you make a poor swing.
I do prefer this much more than having a “players” model that is nearly as forgiving as its game-improvement variants, as we’ve seen in other cases.
The Paradym Triple Diamond driver tends to produce a strong low-mid trajectory depending on your swing, with a neutral flight bias. The launch will increase ever so slightly if you have the 14g weight in the back position.
Ball flight penetration is excellent; the Paradym TD delivers some of the best performance in windy conditions that I’ve seen.
Having said that, if your driver swing speed is less than 100 mph or so, you may find yourself struggling to get the ball airborne, even with the 10.5-degree loft.
Callaway touts the workability of the Paradym TD in its marketing and I can confirm that there’s a lot of it. You should have no trouble curving the ball around doglegs or hitting low stingers or high bombs. The ability to shape shots does improve a little bit with the sole weight forward.
The Paradym Triple Diamond driver shares the general themes of the Paradym line. Things to note are:
- a milky dark teal colour theme
- a modern, aspirational, premium aesthetic
- a simple yet attractive sole design
- a three-part crown (titanium near the face, carbon fiber in the middle, titanium in the rear)
- a slightly altered tungsten cartridge (first introduced in the Rogue ST line)
Unique to the TD model are front and back weight ports with 14g and 2g weights that can be swapped to alter flight characteristics.
As mentioned in the features section, with the Paradym TD, you have a more compact 450cc profile. At address it has an odd triangular shape instead of a more traditional pear shape. It sits behind the ball well, but I would have preferred a more rounded back personally.
The Paradym TD also lacks a chevron alignment marking on the crown and the face lines are much less distinct than the other Paradym models.
I can understand the rationale (to try to achieve a sleeker, more sophisticated look for better players who might not need the extra help) but I think it would have been better to maintain consistency with the other models.
And the truth is that even elite golfers appreciate visual aids. Frankly, when some of the world’s best players like Xander Schauffele have to draw over the face lines with a white sharpie to see them better, you’ve probably made a poor design choice.
The Sound & Feel
I really like the feel of the Paradym Triple Diamond driver — it has a nice solidness to it along with a touch of springiness and explosiveness.
The feel stays true to the Paradym driver line, but at the same time, it offers its own unique flare (similar to past TD models) that is quite appropriate for a players driver.
The sound at impact, which can be described as a whoosh and a crack, is slightly more muted and lower-pitched than the other Paradym models, but other than that, it’s pretty much the same.
The biggest difference lies in mis-hit feedback: strikes towards the heel and toe feel marginally harsher and sound a little less tight. I didn’t find this to change much whether the 14g weight was in the front or back.
Where To Buy This Driver Online
At this time, the best place to order a Paradym Triple Diamond driver with custom specifications (loft, length, shaft, grip, etc.) is this page on the Callaway store.
If you want to save some money, you can find discounts on eBay.
Optionally look at what’s available on PGA TOUR Superstore, Global Golf or Amazon. The first two may offer club trade-ins, performance guarantees, and/or financing plans to help you minimize the financial hit.
Unlike the previous Rogue ST Triple Diamond LS model, which I felt was too similar to its sister Rogue ST models and didn’t have low enough spin, the Paradym Triple Diamond does enough to stand on its own as a legitimate option for better players.
The Paradym TD offers very low spin, a strong ball flight, and workability. If you have the swing speed to take advantage of this, you’ll reap big distance rewards off the tee.
On the other hand, this driver will not suit beginners or most higher handicaps, who will be better off playing the Paradym or Paradym X due to the lack of forgiveness.
Are you interested in the Paradym Triple Diamond driver? Have you tried it yet? What have your results been? Let us know in the comments below.