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 results
Across this range the whole design from colour scheme down to shaping really suits my eye. You can see the SIM Max does sit slightly more closed than the SIM model so personally the SIM suited my eye better.
The hardest thing about fairway woods is hitting them off the deck on the fairway. We can all tee it up and hit them easily off the tee, but when we have to deal with undulating lies and hitting it off the fairway getting the correct launch can be extremely difficult.
Across all models the woods were exceptionally easy to launch, as expected the SIM Max flew higher than the regular model. It is important to note the SIM has an adjustable hosel so you can adjust loft where necessary however the SIM Max has a fixed hosel so can’t be adjusted.
I hit a lot of fairway woods into the green on long par 4s and par 5s so having something with that extra land angle to get the ball landing softly on the green was great.
Delving into the numbers I actually found both fairway wood models travelled very similar distances with 207 yards carry in the SIM and 208 yards in the SIM Max. Notably the SIM Max was more forgiving my lateral miss went down from 15 yards to 5 yards when moving from the SIM to the SIM Max.
Moving onto the hybrid, visually I loved the look of this club. Although visuals aren’t everything it gives you confidence to put a good swing on the ball.
It definitely sits less shut than last years M6 model this is a really big improvement in my view as I always felt the M6 has a slight left bias that effected my dispersion. This put me off the M6 even though the ball speeds and numbers I was getting with it were really impressive.
I tested this out in the 19° head and was getting 193 yards of carry but what’s more impressive is that my lateral miss was only 0.4 yards to the right. I think this shows an improvement in forgiveness from last years model as my shots were starting more online and I wasn’t getting that over draw I saw often with the M6.
TaylorMade SIM fairway woods and hybrid: NCG verdict
It’s no secret I loved the look and performance of the SIM Max hybrid but I was also really impressed with the fairway woods in this range. The new shaping and sole design for better turf interaction really worked for me in testing improving the consistency and ease of launch compared to last year’s models.
Available: February 7, 2020 (pre-order from January 10)
RRP: £369 (SIM); £269 (SIM Max and SIM Max D); £229 (SIM Max Rescue)
Stock shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana FW Limited 75 (SIM); Fujikura Ventus Blue FW 5 and Ventus Blue FW 6 (SIM and SIM Max)
Lofts: 14°, 15° (SIM); 18°, 21° & 24° (SIM, SIM Max and SIM Max D)
Grips: Golf Pride Z-Grip
More information: TaylorMade website
Thanks to Alwoodley Golf Club, in Leeds, where this video was filmed. Learn more about the first course designed by Dr Alister MacKenzie here