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In this review, I’ll be taking a look at the Paradym Triple Diamond fairway wood.
The Paradym Triple Diamond (◊◊◊) is the better-player model in the Paradym line of fairway woods. It has a more compact, workable shape as well as a deeper face that helps promote a lower trajectory and spin.
How does the Paradym Triple Diamond fairway wood actually perform when push comes to shove? How does it compare to the standard and X models? Who is it best suited for? Is it worth putting in the bag?
Read on to get the answers to these questions and learn what you need to know to make an informed purchase.
Note: Unless otherwise stated, stock shafts and stock grips are used when evaluating clubs and the 3W is evaluated in the case of fairway woods. 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 TD fairway wood earned a gold medal on the 2023 Golf Digest Hot List and has a 4.9/5 (86% recommended) average rating on the Callaway store.
Its performance has been rated very highly and many critics consider it to be one of the best better-player fairway woods currently on offer.
What People Like
- packs a ton of distance
- neutral flight bias
- great consistency
- a viable driver replacement
- impact feel is very solid and satisfying
What People Don’t Like
- some would like lower launch and spin
- results on off-center strikes can be quite poor
- Jailbreak A.I. Batwing Technology: two Jailbreak blades (designed by artificial intelligence) with a “batwing” shape are pushed to the perimeter of the clubhead, providing stiffness and stability and allowing the face to flex for unprecedented ball speeds.
- Tungsten Speed Cartridge: sits behind the face and consists of high-density tungsten that pushes the center of gravity (CG) low and forward for reduced spin and higher ball speed.
- A.I. Optimized Face: uniquely designs the face architecture for each loft and model in order to improve speed, spin and launch conditions across the entire face.
- C300 Face Cup: a wraparound cup face made of C300 maraging steel that enhances speed and spin consistency across the face.
There are quite a few differences that set the TD apart, though:
- a lack of a forged composite sole material
- 21g of tungsten in the Speed Cartridge — the lowest amount in the Paradym line
- a Triaxial Carbon Crown that helps shift the center of gravity (CG) low and forward for reduced spin
- a more compact shape and deeper face that appeal to better players
- an altered aesthetic including lack of alignment aid and more black-focused colour scheme on the sole
The Paradym Triple Diamond fairway wood is available in 3+W, 3W and 5W at lofts 13.5°, 15° and 18° respectively.
An included Optifit hosel 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 70 and Mitsubishi Kai’li White 70 & 80. The stock grip is the Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360. Custom shafts are available.
If you’re interested, full information on the fairway wood, shafts, grips and their specs can be found here.
Below are the specs of the Paradym Triple Diamond fairway wood. Click or zoom to enlarge.
Over the years, I’ve tried some truly “ultra low-spin” fairway woods. The Paradym Triple Diamond isn’t quite it, but the spin is still low — certainly lower than the other Paradym models by at least a couple hundred RPMs on average.
Because of this, you don’t necessarily need an extremely high clubhead speed to hit bombs with this club. Golfers with above-average swing speeds that make solid center contact with the ball should be awfully impressed with how far it goes.
The Paradym TD produces plenty of carry and rollout. It can certainly hold its own as one of the best modern-day choices for better players looking to increase distance.
If I had to rate the forgiveness of the Paradym Triple Diamond fairway wood, I’d give it a grade of slightly above average, which is perfectly fine given who this club is designed to cater to.
You’ll know when you mis-hit it just by the fall flight, but at the same time, the result won’t be disastrous unless you really catch it near the edge of the face.
Dispersions and directional forgiveness particularly stand out to me as being noticeably worse than the standard and X models. Having said that, ball speed preservation across the face is very good, so you shouldn’t expect to lose much distance on mis-hits.
Typical trajectories produced by the Paradym Triple Diamond are low-mid with a neutral flight bias. A penetrating flight allows you a good amount of control over your ball in windy conditions.
What’s nice is that the launch of the Paradym TD doesn’t seem to be much lower than the standard Paradym (no more than a degree or so), so you shouldn’t have too much trouble getting it up in the air.
One thing that struck me is just how versatile this club is. There’s no flight bias either way, and I found during my tests that I was able to shape the ball relatively easily.
The deeper face of the Paradym TD is not as easy to hit when you’re on the fairway or in the rough, but the benefits (namely a lower ball flight) certainly outweigh the drawbacks for skilled players.
The Paradym Triple Diamond fairway wood predictably has the most classic, traditional, compact shape in the Paradym line. As something that’s supposed to suit the eye of better players, I have no major complaints with it.
The Paradym TD lacks an alignment aid on the crown resulting in a more streamlined, sophisticated look. However, the face markings extend across the entire face, so it’s still easy enough to make sure you’re set up square at address.
The face of the Paradym TD is also deeper. This is generally preferred by better players who are trying to keep their trajectory and spin down.
On the sole, the Paradym Triple Diamond uses very little of the dark teal colour that characterizes Paradym clubs. Instead, the TD has lanes of silver and a black-centric design, with only a few streaks of blue in regions near the toe and heel. This is not surprising considering the TD does not have a Forged Carbon sole like the other two models.
The Sound & Feel
In my judgement, the sound & feel of the Paradym Triple Diamond fairway wood are very reminiscent of the Rogue ST LS: a sharp, tight “smack” at impact that is a little bit on the muted and lower-pitched side.
This club doesn’t feel quite as explosive off the sweet spot as I’ve experienced with other models but it’s still very rewarding when you make good contact.
Consistency in feel & sound across the face is more or less in line with what you find in most better-player fairway woods of today. You’ll know when and where you mis-hit a shot, but the feedback is not overly punishing.
Where To Buy Online
Right now, the best place to order a Paradym Triple Diamond fairway wood 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.
Alternatively, look at what’s available on PGA TOUR Superstore, Global Golf or Amazon. The former two offer club trade-ins, performance guarantees, and other programs to help you minimize the risk of purchase.
The Paradym Triple Diamond fairway wood really hits the spot for me. It’s low-spin, so players who need to get their trajectory down can do so, but the spin is not excessively low to the point that it’s only viable for a small niche subset of players.
For this reason, I would say that in addition to low handicappers, the Paradym TD can appeal to many mid and even some high handicappers as well if lower-spin fairway woods tend to suit them.
With speed and distance in spades, decent forgiveness, a surprisingly easy launch, and workability, the Paradym TD has a lot to offer. Some better players may want even less spin with this club, but I think it’s in a good spot.
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