Why John Rahm cares about his driver at Callaway


The Ram has been unbeatable since switching to Callaway’s Paradym Triple Diamond driver.


Welcome to Wall-to-Wall Gear, the wrap-up of GOLF’s Gear Editor’s Monday morning gear Jonathan Wall It takes you through the latest trends, rumors and new breakoutss.

Immediate effect

There was no driver hotter than this Callaway model Since she first appeared in the Sentry Tournament of Champions. John Ram Win at American Express It was Paradym’s third consecutive win at the start of the year, and it continued a perfect driver start that made many stand up and take notice, including Rahm.

It’s a proven fact that Ram has the advantage of having the driver in hand. He led the round in Strokes Gained: Off-tee last season and is still atop the statistical rankings this season. When asked to describe what makes Paradym so suitable for his game, Rahm chose an aspect that was difficult to quantify.

“I can’t help but talk about how good it feels on impact,” said Ram. “I don’t get caught up in the sound or other things, assuming the performance is good. The impact through the ball even when I miss it feels good and I don’t know why. I don’t know how to explain it. But it’s something that adds to the driver positively as well as all the great things.


Spaniard Jon Rahm reacts on the 16th green during the final round of The American Express at PGA West Pete Dye Stadium Course on January 22, 2023 in La Quinta, California.

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“It looks like the effect is very good, the only logical conclusion to me is that the sweet spot is getting bigger and bigger. So your average distance will be higher and you’ll be a little bit more upright. That’s all I can say. But besides being a really nice driver from Aesthetically, I don’t know what the effect was. I don’t know what the hell they did, but it feels great.”

No one, not even John Rahm, will complain about a bigger sweet spot, especially when it comes to a better feel.

To reinforce Ram’s insights, we’ve seen similar numbers from Paradym during automated testing to golf 2023 Club Test. A tighter overall scatter will result in a more consistent driver by reducing the load distance on errors. In other words, even Ram-caliber golfers can get away with a bad ball sometimes.

Claiming that the sweet spot is getting bigger may sound like marketing talk. But in this case, Ram’s insights are in-depth.

new body

Cans have been known to affect an equipment wrench or two. When Victor Hovland’s clubs went missing prior to the 2022 Vigilante Tournament of Champions, he ended up using some can clubs (Shay Knight) while he was figuring things out. But something happened along the way: The Norwegian got hung up on Knight’s TaylorMade SIM Ti 3-wood and ended up keeping it in his bag.

Rickie Fowler didn’t pass caddy Ricky Romano, but he did affect his recent putter change. After trying the Romano putter, Odyssey Tour representative Joe Toulon asked if he could build something similar. The end result was an O-Works Versa Jailbird with a fast Microhinge attachment that was blacked out. Fowler also masked the sole with over 20 grams of lead tape to help balance out the construction.

On Wednesday morning, Fowler spent over an hour working with the putter, along with Scotty Cameron’s mallet who also got a good look. In the end, Fowler used the Odyssey, which features the longest SuperStroke Tour 3.0 handlebar he’s used with a traditional grip and stroke.

During the two days ShotLink data was recorded (Saturday and Sunday), Fowler ranked 48th in the field in Strokes Gained: Putting with the new stick.

testing season

Cantlay tested new equipment at American Express but refrained from making changes.

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Patrick Cantlay remains Not tied to a device manufacturer, but so far its setting has not changed – until now. The word “after” is important because Cantlay is going through the club’s probationary phase. Upon returning to the mainland, Cantlay is seen testing the new Ping G430 equipment, including a 10.5° LST header With a Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 60TX shaft.

Cantlay also stopped by Callaway’s truck during the week to pick it up typical driver to try it out. Adam Scott is another free agent for the club, I tested both ping and Callaway two weeks ago but chose to stay with TaylorMade Stealth Plus. Cantlay ended up following the same scenario in the PGA West, holding on to Titleist TS3 when it came time to make a decision on Thursday.

It’s possible Cantlay could change his gear at some point this season. Just don’t expect him to rush the process.

Big week

TaylorMade signed two LPGA elites last week, eg Brooke Henderson And Nelly Korda The new staff has been unveiled. On Sunday, it was Henderson who pulled off her win-win deal by creating the winner’s circle at her first event with a bag full of TaylorMade gear.

TaylorMade P790 Henderson Irons.


Henderson did not give many details about the test but stressed that the window to adapt to new clubs was small. In fact, I admitted to switching to a set of TaylorMade P790 irons and got to the cord. And also, some other changes that need to be made in advance of the event have been made.

“The iron we just put in the weekend before we got here, like Sunday,” said Henderson. “Yeah, I’ve been using a 790 but we’ve modified a few things on it. Loft on iron. So modifications have been happening up until this week. 3-My wood I modified recently too. Lots of stuff.”

According to Henderson, she unloaded her irons to get the tote yards appropriate for the event. It was a small tweak that paid off in a big way. What’s interesting is that Henderson may never finish making adjustments. In the aftermath of the win, I confirmed that some other adjustments might be needed.

“I think even with the victory I might tweak a few other things to make it a little bit better,” she said. “But I couldn’t be happier with the way things turned out for them.”

New wands

New racquets were everywhere in the PGA West.


Bing, Scotty Cameron, and Petinardi debuted a new racket at American Express. If you had to pick a standout one out of the pack, Ping PLD Anser was up to date. According to Ping Tour representative Tony Serrano, the racquet is made of aluminum bronze and features a sound hole in the sole to give it that distinctive “ping” sound.

It is a total throwback with modern tungsten slugs in the fenders to increase the overall weight of the head. The putter did not have an owner at the time the photos were taken, but it should be nearby.

Worth listening

Zalatoris has made a change to its Titleist TSR3 driver after returning to competition this month.


In case you missed it, Tour winner Will Zalatoris joins in golf Podcast fully equipped for Details of the latest substitution ball (2019 Pro V1 to 2023 Pro V1x), growing up his favorite Scotty Cameron putter, driver testing and more.

He also gave Zlatoris the backstory Why cut his driver by 1.25 inches to start the year. Falling off usually comes with a noticeable drop in distance, but Zalatoris was able to keep the drop to a minimum with the consistency of an extra impact.

“The beautiful thing is that I actually go a mile an hour slower because I’m more efficient,” said Zlatoris. This will come back to work with [Dr. Greg Rose] for everything.”

Fast hitters: Major winner Jimmy Walker turned out to be a prototype Axis1 putter. … Titleist swept every major equipment category for the second time in three weeks. … Speaking of Titleist, Chris Kirk scored his second consecutive No. 3 since switching to 2023 Pro V1x. … I used Nelly Korda Unreleased Mitsubishi Vanquish shaft in its TaylorMade Stealth 2 HD driver.

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Jonathan Wall editor

Jonathan Wall is GOLF Magazine and Managing Editor for Equipment at Prior to joining the staff at the end of 2018, he spent 6 years covering equipment for the PGA Tour.

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