Drivers in the modern era certainly don't come cheap, but the premium price tags are associated with the best brands in the game, but there are some cheaper alternatives out there on the market.
Some amateur golfers though might not want to part ways with all that cash to get their hands on the most premium products around, but still want something fresh that hasn't been used by anyone before them.
That's why 'budget' golf clubs still exist and some of them offer a lot for a fraction of the price, but how do they compare with the best clubs in the game?
Well in our latest brand battle that's exactly what we wanted to find out, so our equipment guru Alex put the Tour-proven TaylorMade SIM2 driver, that has an RRP of £449, up against the MacGregor V-Foil Speed driver, which sells for just under £145.
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With the original SIM, the company focused on reshaping the driver to deliver speed and aerodynamics at the most critical stage of the swing–those milliseconds right before impact. Embracing the evolution of design, now TaylorMade has reinvented the way drivers are constructed with an increased focus on enhanced forgiveness while maintaining speed and optimal launch conditions.
To unlock a new dimension of forgiveness, TaylorMade engineers were forced to completely rethink how drivers are built from the ground up. By fixating on the process and materials, they discovered a hidden key in the form of a new design called Forged Ring Construction. Utilising a lightweight and high strength aluminium that’s precision milled, the adjoining feature unites the critical components of the driver head into a singular force.
As the defining component of SIM2, the forged aluminium ring is one of four crucial elements of the unique construction – each serving a vital function that allows the driver to be forgiving, fast and powerful. The other modules are the carbon crown, carbon sole and milled back face cup.
Traditional driver designs come with a trade-off, but TaylorMade journeyed beyond tradition to obtain power, speed, and forgiveness in a low spin driver. The reconstructed SIM2 delivers high MOI properties with a heavy 16g steel weight positioned on the Inertia Generator. The TPS Front Weight is strategically located behind the face to encourage optimal launch with low spin characteristics, delivering complete performance that is low on spin and high on forgiveness.
MacGregor V-Foil Speed
Featuring a high-MOI design for increased stability, the glistening, black headed V-Foil Speed Driver offers greater ball speed and distance with the ultra-thin club face. Whilst offering both 10.5° and 12° lofts along with a premium lightweight graphite shaft, the V-Foil is designed with an expanded sweet-spot for greater forgiveness making it the ideal club.
- 460cc titanium driver available in 10.5° and 12° loft
- High MOI design for increased stabilty
- Expanded sweet spot for greater forgiveness
- Ultra-thin face design for increased ball speed and added distance
- Premium components including lightweight graphite shaft and soft compound MacGregor grip
Two very different drivers coming in with very different price tags. So can the MacGregor V-Foil Speed perform anywhere near to what the TaylorMade SIM2 is capable of? Find out by watching the video in this article and if you haven't already, hit the like button and subscribe to our channel!