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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 Irons
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
TaylorMade Stealth Irons
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
Callaway Paradym & Taylormade Stealth Irons
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 irons – Player 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
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.
Winner – Paradyms
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
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)
Stealth irons are made to be more forgiving and they are.
Winner – Stealths
The stronger lofts of Stealth irons will give you more distance.
Winner – Stealths.
~$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.
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