The iconic V Steel technology is back in the new TaylorMade SIM fairway woods and hybrids – but how did it affect their performance?
TaylorMade SIM fairway woods and hybrids: The technology
The reshaping story continues from the drivers into the rest of the SIM metalwood range. There is also a visual tie across the range with the same chalk white paint and chromium carbon crown seen in the SIM driver.
An old technology that has been brought back is the iconic V Steel sole, reinvented for the new SIM fairway metals and SIM hybrid. The sole is designed to improve turf interaction and playability from various lies.
A more rounded leading edge improves the club’s initial contact with the turf, while the V Steel sole further raises heel and toe sections of the sole away from the ground and improves versatility. This means a smaller proportion of the club comes in contact with the turf, reducing ground friction to increase clubhead and ballspeed.
Both the fairways and hybrid feature Twist Face, to counteract gear effect on the most common mis-hits on the clubface, the high-toe and low-heel.
Speed pockets on the base of the club increase ball speed across the face and also provide greater forgiveness on low-face impacts.
Like SIM drivers, the fairway woods feature progressive head sizes for greater forgiveness for golfers who need it. The SIM fairway has a 180cc titanium head combined with lightweight carbon construction, a zatech titanium face and a heavy 80g steel sole weight.
The steel sole weight is positioned strategically to create an extremely low centre of gravity for high launch, ball speed and forgiveness of low-face hits. The new zatech titanium face uses the rare and ultra-strong material for a high level of ductility.
SIM Max is a 185cc steel fairway wood made with a C300 face material. It also includes the V Steel technology. It is designed for higher launch and peak trajectories for long distance and improved playability. The SIM Max D is an oversized 190cc clubhead optimised for forgiveness and designed to be draw bias.
The SIM hybrids feature the technology from the fairway wood range including the V steel technology for the first time in a rescue club. This delivers improved turf interaction and reduce friction from a variety of lies. A reshaped toe, leading edge and an adjusted face angle all help to further improve playability and strike.
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