Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 Mini Driver Review

Joe Ferguson takes a look at the latest mini driver to hit the market

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Mini Driver
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Golf Monthly Verdict

While it may be something of a niche product, a lot of players could definitely benefit from putting the Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 mini driver in play. Current Ai Smoke players will enjoy the familiar visuals, solid feel off the face, and subtle audio. The adjustable sole weights provide some genuine versatility and ball speed numbers were very strong. It is definitely better from the tee than the fairway, but all in all, this is an excellent product for the right player.

Reasons to buy
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    Very strong off the tee

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    Loads of adjustability

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    Nice muted impact sound

Reasons to avoid
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    Head size and face depth made it a little challenging from the fairway

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The mini driver revolution is officially upon us. With more and more of these intriguing new clubs hitting the USGA conforming list seemingly by the week, I am taking a look at Callaway's version, the Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 mini driver to see what it can offer the consumer market. Does it sit amongst the best drivers or even the best fairway woods? Or both? Let's find out...

Photo of the Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Mini Driver from behind

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Firstly, many people have been asking the question, what or who is a mini driver for? Well, the answer to that question in my opinion can be different from player to player. As a PGA Professional, I have noticed a growing number of my high-speed contemporaries using a mini driver to great effect of late as a pure driver alternative around particularly tight golf courses where a 3-wood might drop too much yardage and add too much spin. As such a mini driver, pitched somewhere between 3-wood and driver in terms of loft, length, and face depth has produced some excellent results. Similarly, I have seen a number of my recreational friends using this type of club extremely successfully as a direct 3-wood replacement, feeling that the extra head size provides more confidence than the traditionally more compact 3-wood. 

Photo of the Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Mini Driver from above and to the side

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From a technology standpoint, Callaway is giving us a 340cc head, a titanium construction, and the same Ai smart face that we have seen with the rest of the Ai smoke family. Callaway tells us that the Ai smart face creates micro deflections across the face to optimize launch and spin conditions on both centered and miss-struck shots. 

With lofts of 11.5˚ and 13.5˚ available and a shaft length of 43.75”, this sits directly in that twilight zone between driver and 3-wood. The Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 mini driver also features adjustable 12 and 4-gram weights on the sole to dial in spin and Callaway’s adjustable loft sleeve for further customization.

Photo of the sole weights on the Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Mini Driver

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Visually, I think Callaway has done a great job, much as I did with the rest of the Ai Smoke driver range. The grey colorway looks extremely premium and the head shaping is excellent at address. If I were being picky, I would probably have left off the triangular alignment aid on the top edge as I prefer the cleaner look of the triple diamond models, but that is a very minor point and on the whole the visual is excellent. 

Photo of the Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Mini Driver at address

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I think it would be fair to say that the Paradym Ai Smoke mini driver's main competitor would be the TaylorMade BRNR mini copper, and there is a subtle difference. TaylorMade’s version comes in at 304cc in volume whereas Callaway has gone a little larger at 340cc. Having tested both, I did find this made a difference in how and where I would use each model. The additional real estate of the Ai smoke model was very comforting off the tee, however, I did find the head dwarfed the ball a little more off the floor than with the TaylorMade version which some may find a little intimidating. That said, all of the Callaway marketing correspondence has emphasized that this club has been designed very much as a driver alternative rather than a 3-wood replacement so perhaps the fairway performance is not a big concern.

Photo comparing the Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Mini Driver to the Taylormade version

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I tested the Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke mini driver at Royal North Devon Golf Club with my FullSwing KIT launch monitor and TaylorMade TP5 golf balls and the performance impressed me. From the tee, ball speeds and efficiency were extremely impressive, in fact, they were not far behind my gamer driver at all. The additional loft and subsequent spin increase did take a little distance off my ‘normal’ driver numbers, but on average, I was only losing around 13-15 yards of carry. For context here, I found my best results in the -1 loft setting on the 13.5˚ head and with the heavier 12g weight in the lower spinning forward position. 

Data from the Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Mini Driver

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The feel off the face will be a familiar one to current Ai Smoke users, with a satisfying dull thud at impact and fairly muted audio. 

When I played around with the settings, I found that you could make massive performance differences, perhaps more so than on any other club I’ve ever tried. Firstly the sole weights made a good 3-500rpm difference to my spin output and with 3 degrees of loft adjustability on top of that, you can basically create a totally different golf club with a couple of clicks of a wrench. With that in mind, it is imperative that you have a very clear idea of what you are looking to achieve from gaming a club like this before you start wielding your wrench.

Photo of the sole of the Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Mini Driver

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It is important to note that the Paradym Ai Smoke mini driver is only available in very limited quantities so if you are keen, I would suggest acting fairly swiftly because once they are gone, they are gone. The RRP is £449/$449.

Overall, a really interesting and strong-performing product. If you are very clear on what you want from it and get it set up accordingly, then you will have a serious weapon on your hands.

Joe Ferguson
Staff Writer


Joe has worked in the golf industry for nearly 20 years in a variety of roles. After a successful amateur career being involved in England squads at every age group, Joe completed his PGA degree qualification in 2014 as one of the top ten graduates in his training year and subsequently went on to become Head PGA Professional at Ryder Cup venue The Celtic Manor Resort. Equipment has always been a huge passion of Joe’s, and during his time at Celtic Manor, he headed up the National Fitting Centres for both Titleist and Taylormade.  He’s excited to bring his knowledge of hardware to Golf Monthly in the form of equipment reviews and buying advice. 

Joe lives in North Devon and still plays sporadically on the PGA West region circuit. His best round in recent years came earlier in 2023 where he managed a 9 under par 63 at Trevose GC in a Devon & Cornwall PGA Tournament.

Joe's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Ping G430 Max 10K 9 degree - Fujikura Ventus Red 6X 45.75"

Fairway wood: TaylorMade Qi10 Tour - Mitsubishi Tensei 1K Pro White shaft 70TX 43.25"

Irons: Callaway Apex CB 24'  3-11 - Project X LS 6.5 shafts

Wedges: PXG Sugar Daddy 54 and 60 degree - Project X LS 6.0 shafts

Putter: Odyssey Toe Up #9

Ball: TaylorMade 2024 TP5x