Callaway Mavrik Irons Vs Callaway Paradym Irons Comparison and Review 2023
“The new Callaway Paradym irons feature premium appointments and see Callaway doing away with some of their trademark design elements.”
The Callaway Mavrik irons are a few years old now; but they still hold up to modern irons very well.
But can the Mavrik irons hold up well enough to justify opting for an older set? As it is, you will likely have to settle for a pre-owned set of Mavrik irons if you are really dead-set on gaming them because Callaway doesn’t even make them anymore.
We wanted to see how modern Callaway irons hold up against older Callaway irons so we tested the Mavriks against the new Callaway Paradym irons. Let’s take a look at both sets.
Callaway Mavrik Overview
“The Callaway Mavrik irons feature the classic Flash Face cup design that was standard on all Callaway clubs of that era.”
This allowed for more consistency across the face – at the time. Nowadays, Callaway is looking to new methods to stabilize the face and promote ball speeds. But we digress. The Callaway Mavrik irons are very lean at address. The blade length is moderate but the top line and soles are kept thin.
They actually have a bit more offset than the Callaway Paradym irons; but the Mavriks have the stronger lofts. The Mavriks also have progressive tungsten weighting so the CG actually gets a bit higher as you work down to the short irons.
Callaway Paradym Overview
“The Callaway Paradym irons feature a hollow-body design and forged 455 steel faces.”
In all honesty, we were reminded very much of Srixon Z series irons when we tested the Callaway Paradyms. They have the same look and feel. The Callaway Paradym irons play long and have relatively strong lofts so faster swingers will be able to get great distance from them.
At address, the Callaway Paradym irons look compact and offer just a bit more offset than the Mavriks. The overall forgiveness was impressive for irons of this size; but don’t be fooled, these aren’t exactly the purest game improvement irons.
“Both of these irons are best-suited to mid handicap players who want to be able to work the ball without losing out on a ton of forgiveness.”
At the end of the day though, there isn’t really much that the Mavriks do that the Callaway Paradym irons can’t do a bit better. The less-pronounced offset in the Mavrik irons will certainly be a draw for better players; but it’s hard to deny the feel and performance of forged faces.
Callaway absolutely upped the ante when it came time to design the Callaway Paradym irons. They represent improvements in distance, consistency, feel and performance. The workability is there and the hollow-body design gives you incredible distance. Mid handicappers equipped with the Callaway Paradym irons will likely only have to pull a couple of them out of the bag to get to the pin.
Callaway Mavrik Irons First Impressions
“The first thing that impressed us about the Callaway Paradym irons was the low spin rates.”
These are truly player’s performance irons. Side-spin is kept very low and the launch is low and piercing. You’ll see in the following section but the Mavriks actually have stronger lofts than the Callaway Paradym irons.
Callaway Mavrik Key Technology
Even when the Mavrik irons first came out, the tech was fairly basic for Callaway irons.
The weighting is progressive in the set which sees the CG get a bit higher as you get to the short irons.
Flash Face Cup
The Cup design of the face allows for consistency even when you mis-hit.
The urethane microspheres help absorb some vibration and give these irons a softer feel.
Callaway Paradym Irons First Impressions
“The shaping of these irons is what we noticed first.”
While the Callaway Paradym X irons have a slightly larger profile, the standard Callaway Paradyms (the ones we actually tested) have a compact shape and a short blade length.
Callaway Paradym Key Technology
The technology that went into the Callaway Paradym drivers represents significant improvements in Callaway iron design.
The hollow-body construction allows for a free-floating face and impressive distance.
455 Forged Steel
This material was used for the face and it promotes consistency while imparting a softer feel.
Not everything has changed. The Callaway Paradym irons still have a layer of urethane microspheres to minimize harsh vibrations.
Callaway Mavrik Loft & Lie
Callaway Paradym Loft & Lie
Who Should Buy the Callaway Mavrik Irons?
“Low handicappers will love the look and performance of these irons.”
But they are missing the forged feel that better players also love. Overall, the feedback was a bit murkier than what we like to feel from irons of this caliber. Still, these are great irons for better players with fast swing speeds. Spin rates are kept low which, actually, can be a bit of a problem around the pin.
There isn’t enough launch to compensate for the low spin rates so it will take a really skilled player to coax stopping power from these irons.
Overall Performance: 94/100
Overall Score: 94/100
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Who Should Buy the Callaway Paradym Irons?
“The Callaway Paradym irons are great for mid and low handicappers looking for great distance and feel.”
Our balls were exploding off the faces of almost every iron in this set. Again, you get a bit of a problem with stopping power because of the low spin and launch.
That’s pretty much the only weakness of these irons though. They are a great choice for players who want a near-perfect marriage of distance and workability.
Overall Performance: 96/100