With the all-new SIM2, SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max•D drivers 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 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, SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max•D, 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.
Full Carbon Crown and Sole
A six-layer lightweight carbon composite material is used on the crown of SIM2, SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max•D. The black satin carbon crown and contrasting chalk colourway help frame the ball at address and improve alignment.
A new high-strength carbon was developed precisely for the sole and designed for enhanced durability in protection against damage from turf interaction and contact at high speeds. The nine-layers of advanced carbon span the entire sole while simultaneously shaping the asymmetric Inertia Generator, which is designed to produce faster club head speeds through precise geometry and aerodynamic analysis.
Milled Back Face Cup with An Intelligently Optimised Sweet Spot
The milled back face cup is the only part of the driver head that’s crafted from titanium. The strong and resilient material facilitates energy transfer to encourage faster ball speeds.
Relying on the data used to develop Twist Face®, the company mapped the most common impact locations among golfers of all skill levels – which revealed a mis-hit pattern that extends from low heel to high toe. The milling process allows TaylorMade to precisely tune the thickness of the face to promote peak speed in those areas.
In addition, a larger face size enhances forgiveness across the lineup of SIM2 drivers. SIM2 is 12% larger (vs. SIM), SIM2 Max is 5% larger (vs. SIM Max) and SIM2 Max•D is 5% larger (compared to SIM Max•D).
Performance Comparison – Differentiating Between SIM2, SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max•D
Traditional driver designs come with a tradeoff, 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’s low on spin and high on forgiveness.
With an intense focus on speed and forgiveness, the SIM2 Max delivers high MOI properties with a heavy 24g tungsten weight positioned on the Inertia Generator. The TPS Front Weight is strategically located on the sole of the club to encourage the optimal mid-to-high launch with mid-to-low spin properties, delivering complete performance and max forgiveness.
Traditional draw-bias drivers come with a tradeoff, sacrificing forgiveness for a left-to-right ball flight. The all-new SIM2 Max•D features a repositioned Inertia Generator that’s closer to the heel, encouraging a heel CG that’s low and back for more forgiveness – designed to deliver a higher launch with the largest, most forgiving face in the SIM2 lineup. The end result, a draw-biased driver without compromise.
Specifications, Availability & Pricing
The new SIM2 will be available in On Course Golf Pro Shops from February 19th. Updates on fitting and demo days to follow.
SIM2, SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max•D are offered in 8°, 9° and 10.5° lofts. Shaft offerings include Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Blue 60 and Project X’s HZRDUS Smoke RDX Black.
SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max•D will be offered in 9°, 10.5° and 12° lofts. SIM2 Max shaft offerings include Fujikura Ventus Blue 5 and Mitsubishi KuroKage Silver, with custom shaft options available at no additional cost.
Women’s stock offerings include the Aldila NV Ladies 45 shaft and the Lamkin Ladies Sonar grip.