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Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond Max Driver 

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Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond Max Driver 

Callaway Golf just announced the Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond Max driver, which should easily win Driver of the Year—in the “Most Letters” category.  

It’s a mouthful. 

It also risks introducing some confusion by way of the apparent contradiction between the Triple Diamond and Max nomenclature, though I’d be more inclined to argue that, character count notwithstanding, the name is entirely on the nose. 

Neither 100 percent Triple Diamond nor 100 percent Max, the Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond driver sits somewhere between the two. Perhaps it blends the best of both, though I’m inclined to say it leans to the Triple Diamond side of the equation. 

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond Max Driver

That assessment is based on the Triple Diamond Max’s front-to-back weighting system (10g/4g) and the fact that it’s the second most-played Callaway driver across worldwide tours. 

So, yeah, Tour players have had access to the Triple Diamond Max all season long. We peons are just now being brought into the loop. 

Once again, things that could have been brought to my attention YESTERDAY! 

More on that in a bit. 

About the Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond Max 

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond and Triple Diamond Max dirvers
The stock Triple Diamond (left) and the Triple Diamond Max (right)

From a shape perspective, Callaway says the Triple Diamond Max is an upsized, 460cc version of the standard Triple Diamond. Just one guy’s opinion here, but the Triple Diamond is the most eye-pleasing of the current Callaway options so I have no issues with a bigger one. 

With the added size comes a little bit more forgiveness, albeit with a little bit more spin. 

I’m also good with that. 

The stock Triple Diamond has a pre-baked fade bias while the Max wants to draw a bit. The new Paradym Ai Smoke Max Triple Diamond is the most neutral of the three. I suppose that makes it a bit less workable but it feels like a sensible tradeoff for the added stability. 

A bigger, more forgiving Triple Diamond with what you might call a slight spin penalty. 

I’m not mad about it. Well, just a little. 

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond Max Driver

The Bigger Picture 

From retail release to retail release, it’s been just over five months since the founding members of the Paradym Ai Smoke driver family hit store shelves.  

It’s a bit unusual, though not entirely unheard of, for a line extension to launch this soon after the initial release, especially since there aren’t any serious warning signs around sales or lack thereof. 

You’re not getting a free fairway wood or a $50 gift card with purchase. 

In the retail market right now, Callaway is No. 1 in the metalwoods category. By ranking, you can’t do better than that, but there isn’t a company out there that doesn’t want more. 

That could help to explain the release and the timing. 

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond Max Driver

Two Perspectives 

From the consumer perspective, especially if you’ve already chosen between the Triple Diamond and the Max, I can understand a bit of frustration.  

It would have been nice to have the choice when the drivers launched at the end of January (metaphorically, YESTERDAY). 

I would have loved to have seen it sooner. 

When Callaway fitted me for a Paradym Ai Smoke driver, I was somewhere in between Triple Diamond and Max and could have made a compelling argument for either. 

Distance (so much distance): Triple Diamond  

Straightness and Dispersion: Smoke Max. 

I bet I wasn’t the only one. 

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond Max Driver

On a 10-point scale, at the time, I would have rated the Triple Diamond a 10 for distance and an 8 for straightness and dispersion. The Max? A solid 8+ for distance and a 9.5 for straightness.  

And, yeah, these numbers are almost entirely arbitrary as I’m intentionally leaving myself room to make a point. 

Ultimately, we (the fitter and I) settled on the Triple Diamond because it was quantifiably longer and straight enough that I just couldn’t quit the distance, even if it meant opening the door to the occasional big miss right or a quick diving duck hook. 

Full disclosure here: If you were in the same boat, I’d likely tell you that it doesn’t always make sense to trade away accuracy for distance, especially if you play on a tight course with a lot of OB, but that’s exactly what I did. 

Do as I say … 

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond Max Driver - face view

Embrace the Compromise? 

Conceding that you never really know what a driver is going to do until you hit it, if in that fitting moment Callaway had handed me Triple Diamond Max, my hunch is that splitting the difference (let’s say 9s for both distance and accuracy with a larger, more forgiving head), I’d almost certainly have embraced the compromise.  

Kicking any frustration over the timing of the release to the curb, I’m embracing the hell out of it right now and can’t wait to see if the Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond Max (so many letters) can kick the stock Triple Diamond out of the bag. 

Specs, Pricing, Availability 

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond Max Driver

The Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond Max driver is available in nine and 10.5 degrees. Both lofts are available in right-hand only.  

The stock shaft is the Project X Denali Blue (60 grams, stiff and x-stiff). The stock grip is the Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360. 

Retail price is $599. Pre-sale begins May 28. At retail June 7. 

For more information, visit CallawayGolf.com

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      Lee H.

      3 days ago

      Was fitted for the T.D.M. last week. I needed the spin difference between the T.D. and the Max models. Dispersion and distance #’s were better when compared to my Paradym from last year and the Smoke Max this year. Since I needed a regular Smoke Red 50 shaft, it had to be special ordered from Callaway. Of course, when I went on to order it last week, it’s now sold out. Callaway says restock won’t be until Aug. So I’m prob S.O.L.! With the 2x trade-in program only until 1st week of July, I’m going to have to get re-fit. Might have to do T.D. and suck it up.

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      Lee H.

      3 days ago

      The plan was to get 9* head and loft up to 10* to close face slightly, without putting it on Draw. Smoke Red 50 reg shaft. I spin too much with standard Ai-Smoke and going to a lower spinning shaft may not be the answer. So I’m leaning towards T.D. like I previously said. Open to suggestions on which one to lean towards though. Ball speed is only 120.

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      Max R

      3 days ago

      Not available for Southpaws?

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      Vern Tator

      2 weeks ago

      I bought the Max Fast a few weeks ago. The reason they named it that is a mystery to me, but with my slower swing speed, it’s fantastic. I love the lighter weight too. I replaced an adjustable driver with a fixed head and it does all I need right out of the box!

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      Hopp Man

      3 weeks ago

      Next version to be released will be Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond Max LS driver, seems logical, always need a low spin version of the MAX TD, that will be a big winner.

      Reply

      Mark cincotta

      3 weeks ago

      Would be great to see the results of testing against the driver test done a few months back, will this happen?

      Reply

      Bulldog

      3 weeks ago

      It needs a longer name.

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      TenBuck

      3 weeks ago

      How many different versions of a driver that Callaway offers:
      TD, MAX, MAX D, MAX Fast, and now TD MAX!
      To me it just sounds like all about the $$$$$$!

      Reply

      hckymeyer

      3 weeks ago

      Any chance you could break down the Swing Code for this one like you had in the original launch article? Please and thank you

      Reply

      Phil Pizziconi

      3 weeks ago

      Why is this not being offered to us older people with slower swing speeds, and, a lightweight shaft?
      It worked real well in the Epic Star Flash.

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      hckymeyer

      3 weeks ago

      They do have the MAX Fast that fits that slot in the lineup

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      Yummy

      3 weeks ago

      Just go into a shop and swap out the shaft for a light one lmao

      Reply

      OhioGolfDude

      3 weeks ago

      I agree with the author – something that could have been brought to my attention YESTERDAY!

      I have tried both TD and the Max. I had better spin numbers in fitting with TD, but on the course evidence proved the Max was just better for me. Didn’t have to worry about it going right as much with the more open face.

      This TD Max sounds like a perfect compromise for my game. However, I won’t be getting it anytime soon unless they offer another 50% trade in.

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      Mike

      3 weeks ago

      I’m currently gaming last year’s Triple diamond. Don’t see much need to repurchase this year’s Triple diamond Max but it definitely is an interesting concept. I would have to test them. Head-to-head. I’m not necessarily big on the forgiveness thing because for me it’s really hard to measure. I can say that I am getting more distance with my triple diamond. So maybe in a year or so, when the price goes down, I’ll check this out.

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      Brian

      3 weeks ago

      Finally! Some of the manufacturers (PXG and now Callaway) are getting on board with the idea that golfers are not always needing just low spin or a draw bias driver. One thing Callaway could learn from PXG is perhaps offering this in a 8 degree loft as well.

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      Brian

      3 weeks ago

      Finally! Some of the manufacturers PXG and now Callaway) are getting on board with the idea that golfers are not always needing just low spin or a draw bias driver. One thing Callaway could learn from PXG is perhaps offering this in a 8 degree loft as well.

      Reply

      BH

      3 weeks ago

      THIS is the model I’ve been looking for from Callaway. Something without the draw bias of the Max but still with a 460 head. Why was this so much to ask???

      Reply

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