Need To Know
TaylorMade this week launched its brand new game improvement line of SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS irons, which both utilise an all-new Cap Black Design and evolved ECHO Damping System.
GolfMagic Equipment Editor Alex Lodge unboxed the new irons from TaylorMade and took them straight down to the Swing Suite at Croham Hurst Golf Club to test them out.
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In developing this new iron construction, the company charted thousands of shots from players of every skill level - in the process identifying the most tightly clustered impact areas among solid strikes.
Leveraging that data, engineers set out to expand the sweet spot to capture more of those shots, effectively pinpointing performance where golfers need it the most.
Cap Back Design proved to be the key to unlocking this new level of distance and performance. The strong, lightweight polymer material spanning the entire cavity helps to secure the topline and provides additional rigidity in the upper part of the face.
It works in unison with the flexible Thru-Slot Speed Pocket to create a larger unsupported area of the face, which translates to improved flexibility engineered for increased ball speeds and distance. That added flexibility made it possible to deliver the larger, more intelligent sweet spot.
Beyond added distance and speed, Cap Back Design helped produce a higher MOI with increased clubhead stability at impact to discourage twisting, which allows the golfer to enjoy solid strikes more often.
When paired with the ECHO® Damping System, the multi-faceted design helps to minimise unwanted vibrations that create the harsh feel associated with traditional distance irons. Producing the signature forged-like feel and sound of SIM irons.
Eclipsing the performance of conventional cavity backs, SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS provide a pathway to better forgiveness, distance and feel.
SIM2 Max irons: The distance with this one was incredible. I have never hit a 7-iron further in my life... this one was going 210 yards with an easy swing! The offline dispersion was superb too. It proved incredibly consistent to hit long and straight. While I am a low handicap golfer, I would actually consider even using some of these irons especially in the long irons as they are so much easier to hit straight. I would definitely recommend high handicappers and beginners to take a very close look at this one in 2021, and also low handicap golfers too if they fancy building a combo set of irons - which is something even PGA Tour players do these days.
SIM2 Max OS irons: This one is a lot bigger than the SIM2 Max iron, however it proved even more forgiving. The offline dispersion was as straight as I've seen for a game improvement iron. The SIM2 Max OS will give you everything a beginner or higher handicap golfer needs to get better quickly. For us, it's not the nicest club to look at, however, you can negate all of that when you look at the data. The 7-iron was going around 220 yards, so another 10 yards on the SIM2 Max. It's almost impossible not to hit it straight with this one! Again, many of you out there may want to consider building a combo set when it comes to these irons. They're so forgiving and incredibly powerful too.
Overall verdict: They offer everything you would expect for a game improvement line with distance, forgiveness and a very nice feel. They also look superb for a fairly chunkier looking iron. Both of these sets are the perfect iron set for either a beginner or a high-handicap golfer who wants to improve quickly. They are a smart investment and will certainly help you hit straighter, further shots with your irons. They are the best game-improvement irons we have tested so far in 2021. Some of you better golfers out there might even want to have a test of the 4 and 5-irons as they will really help you with the long game. From our personal point of view, SIM2 irons offer a lot more forgiveness than the former line, and so for us we would definitely recommend the upgrade. We cannot give these anything else than a gold award in the 2021 game improvement iron category.
Available NOW for pre-order, and at retail beginning February 19.
SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS irons RRP of £899 for steel and £1,049 for graphite - but you can purchase them for £699 by purchasing them through our link at the top of the page!
These irons will be offered in 4-PW (7 pc. set with AW, SW & LW also available) and come equipped with KBS Max MT 85 steel shafts (S, R) or Fujikura’s Ventus Blue graphite shafts (7S,6R & 5A).