TaylorMade SIM2 Driver Review
The TaylorMade SIM range is some of the most talked-about golf equipment on and off tour and has had immediate success. When it comes to drivers you would struggle to find one with more technology crammed into the crown than the SIM2, plus they had the likes of Tiger, Rory and DJ playing it so popularity was through the roof.
How does the new SIM2 driver compare to the older brother? TaylorMade has pointed out ‘crucial elements’ of the construction which allows them to be fast forgiving and powerful.
The first of these is the all-new forged ring construction which uses a lightweight and high-strength aluminum that is precision milled and there to unite all the technology into one. This improves the MOI and optimal CG placement which results in a more stable clubhead providing more forgiveness.
The SIM2 has a full carbon crown and sole plate which give extra weight savings and allows for it to be redistributed to the inertia generator which is positioned at the bottom of the head. The carbon sole is designed to be more durable and react better with the turf and the chalk-white crown improves alignment.
As with SIM and the later M range drivers, SIM 2 is fitted with the tour-proven Speed Injected Twist Face technology. This innovative feature provides shot shape compensation for strikes towards the low heel or high toe for greater accuracy, while also being calibrated to the threshold of legal speed limits for COR.
Taylormade's most flexible ever Thru-Slot Speed Pocket has been engineered into SIM 2 to maximize ball speeds and produce additional forgiveness on shots struck low on the face. To fine-tune SIM 2, Split Mass Weighting and the ever-present adjustable hosel allows the driver to be dialed in to suit every player's desired launch characteristics.
Like the previous SIM driver range the SIM2 driver comes in 3 different models; SIM, MAX and MAX D. The SIM2 is the standard model in the range and is the lowest spinning of the three used by many tour professionals. It is said to be 200-300 rpm lower spinning than the Max head.
The SIM Max features a 24-gram weight compared to the SIM’s 18 gram to help increase MOI and forgiveness. The larger face helps promote a slightly higher launch with a little more spin. Finally, the SIM2 Max D is TaylorMade’s draw-biased head which features more weight in the heel of the toe to help create a right to left ball flight.
Who are these clubs aimed at? The SIM2 is aimed at the slightly better player who is seeking lower spin and launch. The player who has a faster swing speed will benefit more from the SIM2 than any other driver head in the range.
The Max driver is the all-rounder of the range. This provides the player with more spin and a higher launch which will suit the majority of club golfers, plus it is the most forgiving of the three drivers. Finally, the Max D is for the player who typically slices the ball and wants to help amend the shot shape of your drives.