Review: Taylormade SIM Driver

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The TaylorMade SIM does not come cheap but it does come with plenty to offer players who have the swing speed to benefit. Lower spin and trajectory mean greater distance. While it may not be the most forgiving recent driver released by TaylorMade, the TaylorMade SIM is a superb driver in the right hands.

PROS
  • Low trajectory
  • Low spin
  • Adjustability
  • Satisfying sound and feel
CONS
  • Price tag is high
  • Performance gains are player dependent
  • Not as forgiving as the Max
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In the Words of the Taylormade

TaylorMade are well known in the golfing world for being the first company to develop metal drivers. They were first produced in 1979 and have become the leading material used in golf club deign ever since.

‘In our limitless pursuit to help golfers improve, we’ve discovered the new shape of driver performance.

Fast forward to 2020 and TaylorMade have a wide range of quality drivers available including the TaylorMade SIM. In their own words, ‘In our limitless pursuit to help golfers improve, we’ve discovered the new shape of driver performance. An asymmetric sole design and powerful new Inertia Generator combine to increase aerodynamics and speed at the most critical stage of the swing.’

TaylorMade continue by saying, ‘Each SIM driver head has been individually calibrated and injected to reach the threshold of the maximum legal limit of ball speed. The revolutionary face curvature reduces sidespin and delivers straighter shots on off-centre strikes.’

This sounds very promising and who would dare to doubt the company which first introduced metal drivers?

How Does the Club Look?

In comparison to the M-Series of drivers, the TaylorMade SIM is a little bit brighter and the company have moved away from the dull, matte finish of their previous driver. The white outline above the face remains in place and the alignment icon is also exactly the same as that found on the M-Series of drivers.

The SIM has kept the white alignment that I – after some taking used to – actually find very useful. And it does look kinda cool!

Looking at the sole and TaylorMade have removed the central weight track as previously found on the M-Series. This is because most players were putting the weight in the back of the head for forgiveness. However, the front track remains to add draw or fade bias.

Aesthetically, the TaylorMade SIM is not going to have you drooling but the colours combined with the shape is pleasing on the eye.

How Does the SIM Driver Play?

In comparison to the M5, there is not a lot of difference in sound and feel when using the TaylorMade SIM. That’s a good thing because the M5 driver sounded fantastic off the tee and the sound has been transferred to the TaylorMade SIM. ‘If it isn’t broke don’t fix it’ and it appears TaylorMade have applied the old saying here. Although, there was sure to be a lot more to their decision in terms of science, technology and testing than that!

If you have been searching for a low spinning driver then you have found it in the TaylorMade SIM. When set up correctly for your swing, you can expect to see some of the lowest spin numbers you will probably have ever recorded when using a driver. In terms of distance, a flatter ball flight helps to take the ball further. This is especially true in dry and firm conditions when a flat ball flight helps the ball to travel further when contacting the ground. However, the TaylorMade SIM is still easy to hit and launch the ball.

In terms of clubhead speed, there have also been improvements. Many players have experienced an increase in clubhead speed when using the TaylorMade SIM. In some cases, there have been a 5mph increase, which is quite significant. Inertia Generator certainly helps with this and also to keep the ball in play.

Having the ability to move the soul weight also helps, especially if you have a consistent miss. For example, if you regularly miss to the right, you can move the sole weight to promote a draw bias and it works.

Who Is It For?

There is no doubt that the TaylorMade SIM is targeting good players. The reduced spin and the flatter trajectory are perfect for players with fast swing speeds. Those with the ability to use this driver to its full potential will find gains in club and ball speed without losing accuracy. However, those with lower swing speeds will find that the spin can sometimes drop too low.

Who is Using the Driver?

We have one thing to say to you…Tiger Woods. The legendary golfer used the TaylorMade SIM in his first competitive PGA Tour round of 2020 and explained how impressed he was with the way he was able to shape and control his shots from the tee. Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm also used the TaylorMade SIM in the same tournament and as far as endorsements go, it does not get much better than that.

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