TaylorMade SIM Driver Review

With the TaylorMade SIM driver range, the brand has once again produced two outstanding models that cater to a wide variety of golfers.

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Jack Seddon
Sat, 9 May 2020
TaylorMade SIM and SIM Max Drivers Review

Need To Know

Long | Consistent | Forgiving | Adjustable (SIM) | Aesthetically beautiful | Excellent at address
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PRICE: £449.00 YEAR: from 2020

With TaylorMade consistently being behind some of the best golf drivers on the market, we couldn't wait to get our hands on the TaylorMade SIM driver range for testing.

Last year's TaylorMade M5 driver and TaylorMade M6 driver were two seriously impressive models, and the SIM and SIM Max more than measure up to the brand's reputation.

We took the SIM and SIM Max drivers down to Farleigh Golf Club, where we conducted testing on the range and the golf course, as well as using a SkyTrak monitor.


TaylorMade SIM driver - Key Features

  • Raised crown and sole: to reduce drag and improve airflow throughout the swing
  • The raised crown and sole would typically mean that CG would be placed higher, making it less forgiving, but TaylorMade have positioned the Inertia Generator low and back with a heavy steel weight at the rear, which moves the CG into a low position, optimising launch and increasing MOI, meaning more forgiveness
  • Speed Injected Twist Face: allows the ball speeds of every SIM driver to be pushed to its legal limit, particularly on off-centre hits

TaylorMade SIM or SIM Max or SIM Max D? What's best for you?

The SIM family consists of three drivers, the SIM, SIM Max and SIM Max D.

The SIM features Sliding Weight Technology that allows up to 20 yards of draw or fade bias, simply by moving the 10g weight into the desired position.

The SIM has a slightly smaller face than the SIM Max and SIM Max D and is more suited towards the better player who place a premium on adjustability and control.

The SIM Max is designed to deliver maximum forgiveness. The all-new Inertia Generator positions additional weight at the extreme rear of the club to further increase MOI, providing more forgiveness and slightly higher launch conditions than the SIM driver.

TaylorMade SIM driver - Looks and Feel

We have to admit, the name SIM doesn't quite have the powerful ring to it like the M-Series did, but the aesthetics of the SIM drivers certainly make up for it.
The design of the new SIM family is simply phenomenal and as we explain in the video, it seems to grow on you more and more while you're using it.
At address, it's our favourite driver by an absolute mile. The chalk white top line works beautifully in contrast with the carbon crown and it's great to see how such a minor change can make such a big difference to the eye.

TaylorMade SIM driver - Performance and Forgiveness

From a performance aspect, TaylorMade never lets you down when it comes to drivers. 

The slightly angled Inertia Generator did seem to increase my club speed slightly and both the SIM and SIM Max produced very promising numbers.

In the SIM driver you have a low spinning driver that produced a penetrating ball flight, while the SIM Max gave me a little more spin and a higher ball flight.

The SIM Max was definitely more forgiving, but it was my favourite driver out of the two as it still gave me the distance I was out of a big stick.

Should you buy the TaylorMade SIM driver?

Overall, TaylorMade has once again produced two outstanding drivers that cater to a wide variety of golfers.

As we mentioned in the video, it's crucial that if you're thinking about purchasing a driver from the SIM family, make sure you get custom fitted and don't just buy one off the shelves.