Today is the first PGA Tour golf tournament of 2023, which means the major golf manufacturers are starting to unveil their latest golf technology. The USGA kicked things off this week unveiling 5 new drivers being added to the conforming list. So the headlines this week throughout the golf world speculated about the new golf driver tech.
Since most amateur golfers are typically looking for added distance and accuracy off the tee, it makes sense to take a look at what I believe will be the top three golf drivers in 2023 to help improve distance, ball speed and accuracy. All three of these drivers were included in the USGA conforming club list discussed earlier this week by Golf Digest.
Key Tech of the 2023 Paradym Driver
- 360° Carbon Chassis: All of the titanium was removed. The combination of Triaxial Carbon crown and their proprietary Forged Carbon sole make the clubs body 44% lighter.
- Jailbreak A.I. System: This new A.I. design according to Callaway increases “stiffness in the body for more face flex and higher ball speeds.” Plus, this new tech makes the club head 33% lighter than previous drivers from Callaway.
- 3 Driver Models: To meet and maximize player needs, they have introduced three models. Paradym, Paradym X and Paradym Triple Diamond are designed for three specific player types, so be sure to check out each as they will give different results.
According to the PGA Tour website, both Jon Rahm and Xander Schauffele are expected to have the Paradym Triple Diamond in their bag during the Sentry Tournament of Champions this week.
The 2023 Callaway Paradym Drivers are set to be released soon with a pre-order date of January 13th. The drivers come with a starting price tag of $599.99 according to Callaway Golf.
Last year, TaylorMade Golf made headlines with the release of their Stealth driver. They were one of the first manufacturers to ditch Titanium and utilize Carbon into the club heads. Another unique feature of their new Carbon club head was the 60X Carbon Twist Face. Ball speed was improved with a 44% lighter club head and the twist face & face texture improved spin, launch and accuracy off the tee.
Although we don’t know much about the now conforming Stealth 2, I’ve seen some speculation online that I will share. Details may change once TaylorMade officially announces the Stealth 2.
Key Tech of the 2023 Stealth 2 Driver
- Same Old Carbonwood: Pictures released online show the club has the word ‘Carbonwood’ on the sole. This likely means the 60X Carbon Twist Face (also written on the face of the club) is very similar tech to the original Stealth driver.
- 15-Gram Adjustable Weight: This design will help facilitate the fading or drawing of tee shots. It is clearly labeled on the images I’ve seen of the Stealth 2 driver. Note, this was only shown in the Stealth 2 Plus+ version of the club.
- Back Weight: All of the Stealth 2 driver models have a weight feature in the back of the head, which each driver on this list have a version of.
Since TaylorMade hasn’t officially announced the 2023 release of this driver it may not be used by any players at the Sentry; however, Collin Morikawa was spotted using it during practice rounds earlier this week. Keep an eye out for news next week, as that is when TaylorMade is expected to make their announcement.
The next driver featured in the USGA’s 2023 conforming list was the Ping G430 driver. This driver was introduced last year at the Shriner’s tournament, but mostly for players to test. The following week, Keegan Bradley used it to win the ZOZO Championship.
Key Tech of the 2023 Ping G430 Driver
- Adjustable Tungsten Weight: This movable weight will help with dialing in your driver for fades or draws off the tee.
- Carbonfly Wrap: Like most major manufacturers, Carbon is preferred over Titanium to help reduce the club head weight.
- Forged Club Face: Like the G425, the G430 is expected to have the T9+ forged face helping to increase ball speeds and add more distance.
If you are a fan of Ping drivers you may have to wait to learn more about this club. It is expected an announcement won’t be made until later this month.
If you are looking to grab a new driver in 2023, these three drivers should top your list. They don’t come cheap, so be sure to test them and if you are to purchase one, get professionally fitted.
Are there any newly conforming drivers that you have your eyes on in 2023? Share your thoughts with my readers below.