Callaway Paradym Irons vs Taylormade Stealth Irons

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Thanks for checking out Golfer Geeks’ comparison of Callaway Paradym Irons vs Taylormade Stealth Irons.

I’m an avid golfer, 8ish handicap on my way to a 2 (been a 5.6), and frequent tester of golf clubs and equipment since 2015.  

Note – These irons are meant for different golfers and they both hit their targets well.

  • Paradyms for low handicaps that want or need help with distance, launch, and forgiveness.
  • Stealths for mid-to-high handicaps that want all the game improvement features.
    • But, you can also shape them and flight them if that’s part of your game. Or, those things are there for when you’re ready for them.

Summary: The Callaway Paradym irons are a solid choice for better players in search of more distance and forgiveness. Taylormade Stealth irons are a solid choice for mid or high handicaps in search of help with forgiveness, ball launch, and distance.

In this comparison of the Callaway Paradym and Taylormade Stealth Irons, I discuss my experience with the clubs, unique features and benefits, and my pick for which iron set I’d buy.

Callaway Paradym Irons

The Callaway Paradym Irons at the course

Set Tested – 4-PW Men Right Hand
Shaft:
True Temper Elevate MPH 95 Stiff Flex

The Paradyms are player’s distance irons and have similar performance to the Rogue ST Pro irons from last year(which I loved). So, they’re game improvement irons for players.

  • I think they’re best for 5-ish to 10-ish handicaps. You have to be a pretty good ball striker to handle them.

The heads are compact but the soles and toplines are thicker for added forgiveness. The lofts are jacked for a nice distance boost. Combined, you get a ton of help with launch and carry.

Callaway Paradym Irons Specs

ClubLoftLie AngleOffsetLength
420*61*3.81 mm38.875″
523*61.5*3.43 mm38.25″
636*62*3.05 mm37.625″
729*62.5*2.79 mm37″
833*63*2.54 mm36.5″
937*63.5*2.29 mm″36″
PW42*64*1.78 mm35.75″

TaylorMade Stealth Irons

Taylormade Stealth Irons & Driver in Golfer Geeks' Bag

Set Tested – 4-PW, Standard Lie, Right Hand
Shaft: FST KBS Max MT 85 Steel Stiff Flex

Taylormade Stealths are game-improvement irons and have similar performance to many mid-handicap irons we’ve reviewed over the last few years.

  • I think they best serve 12ish handicaps on up (mid to high handicaps)

The clubheads are larger than the Paradyms, but not large. And, the topline and sole are thicker – like you expect to see in the game improvement category. In fact, they’re more forgiving than they look.

TaylorMade Stealth Irons Specs

ClubLoftLie AngleOffsetLength
418.5*61.5*5.8 mm39.125″
521*62*5.0 mm38.5″
624*62.5*4.6 mm37.88″
728*63*4.1 mm37.25″
832*63.5*3.4 mm36.75″
937*64*2.9 mm″36.25″
PW43*64.5*2.6 mm35.75″

Testing the Callaway Paradym & Taylormade Stealth Irons

Callaway Paradym Iron impacting the golf ball

I played one round plus a few extra holes with the Paradyms and I had a long testing/practice session with them.

I had two range sessions and one round with the Stealth irons.

My game was not in great shape for either testing. On the bright side, I got to test their forgiveness better than I normally would have – they both passed.

Are there big differences between Paradym & Stealth Irons?

Yep – They’re meant for different categories of golfers.

Paradym ironsPlayer Distance Irons

  • They offer help with distance – usually in the form of stronger lofts.
  • And, help with launch from a lower CG.
  • They have thicker soles and toplines.

Stealth irons Game Improvement Irons

  • More forgiving than player or player distance irons.
  • Larger clubheads, thicker toplines, thicker soles, more offset
  • More help with launching the ball high (a particular problem with poor or mediocre ball-strikers

Looks

The Paradym irons are good-looking clubs, but not great-looking clubs. I like the compact heads and the thicker topline and sole don’t bother me and come standard with most player distance irons.

I’m on record saying I don’t like the look of Stealth irons. Taylormade makes great game-improvement irons, but they apparently don’t know how to make good-looking ones.

Winner – Paradyms

Sound/Feel

I give a slight edge to the Paradyms. Callaway has dialed this in nicely. The Stealth irons sound and feel plenty good though.

Winner – Paradyms

Playability/Ball Flight/Accuracy

Paradym irons have the playing characteristics I prefer because they are geared toward my handicap.

Stealth irons have the playing characteristics of game improvement irons and are geared to mid and high handicaps. They serve them well.

I prefer the Paradym irons – they’re a little more refined and the lofts are closer to standard than the Stealths.

Winner – Paradyms (for me)

Forgiveness

Stealth irons are made to be more forgiving and they are.

Winner – Stealths

Distance

The stronger lofts of Stealth irons will give you more distance.

Winner – Stealths.

Value

~$200/club for Paradyms & ~$142/club for Stealths –

  • Paradyms are ~$13 more per club than what is typical for the player distance category.
  • Stealths are ~$6 more per club than our favorite in the category.

Winner – Stealths

Verdict on the Callaway Paradym Irons vs Taylormade Stealth Irons

Two clubs for different players:

  • The Paradyms are a solid choice for player distance irons.
  • Stealth irons are a solid choice for game improvement irons.

My #1 suggestion is to test both sets before you buy. Either at your local golf store or take advantage of Global Golf’s Utry trial program. I use it and recommend it. 

Thanks for checking out my comparison of the Callaway Paradym Irons vs Taylormade Stealth Irons

Player Distance
Recommended
Pros:
  • Easy & Consistent Distance
  • Easy to Launch, Shape, or Flight down
  • Touch of forgiveness
  • Softish and solid feel
Pros:
  • Long & Forgiving
  • Good Sound & Feel
  • Elevates ball easily
  • Easy to hit
Cons:
  • Premium Price
Cons:
  • Looks...not the best
Player Distance
Pros:
  • Easy & Consistent Distance
  • Easy to Launch, Shape, or Flight down
  • Touch of forgiveness
  • Softish and solid feel
Cons:
  • Premium Price
Recommended
Pros:
  • Long & Forgiving
  • Good Sound & Feel
  • Elevates ball easily
  • Easy to hit
Cons:
  • Looks...not the best
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I'm an avid golfer of 30 years, an 8ish handicap on my way to a 2 (been a 5.6), and frequent tester of golf clubs and equipment since 2015.

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