Just got back from demoing both models of TaylorMade SIM irons – the Max, and the Max OS (oversized). Don’t get me wrong… the irons performed incredibly well. Super long, decent feel, and plenty forgiving. What more could you want? Well, how about a reasonable price for new irons?
If you’ve been to the site before, you know we NEVER encourage buying new irons. We love getting the best bang for our buck, but not as much as we like hearing about our readers saving money!
As a result, we always recommend that golfers buy irons that were made at LEAST 2 years ago. By now, the price is more affordable and the performance is practically the same. A good alternative to the TaylorMade SIM irons is the Rocketbladez 2.0 iron set – very similar design. Main difference? The paint job.
TaylorMade SIM Max Irons Review
The TaylorMade SIM Max irons is a great set for golfers that want more distance and forgiveness with their iron game. As a result, this set will appeal to a wide array of golfers and handicaps. For a game improvement iron, it actually looked pretty thin at address, which is a huge plus in my book.
Let’s talk about distance for a second, especially when it comes to irons. The main way that golf manufacturers increase iron distance is just by writing “6” on the bottom of your 5 iron. But the thin club face, the speed pocket, and the speed bridge on the SIM Max irons practically max out balls speed while staying in regulation with the USGA. More than likely, you’d be more comfortable hitting a 7 iron into a green than a 6 iron, so it could have a phsychological benefit if nothing else. Personally, I was hitting the SIM Max irons just a couple of yards longer than my current gamers (with the same lofts). I’d stick with the feel of my gamers versus the extra couple of yards of the SIMS, personally.
When it comes to feel, this set doesn’t blow it out of the water. Thankfully, it wasn’t expected to. For a cast iron set, the sound and vibrations through your hands are relatively quiet. However, it simply doesn’t compare to a forged iron set that delivers the feel that many golfers fall in love with.
Pros: great combination of distance and forgiveness that appeals to a greater number of golfers
Cons: Not the best feel; super expensive for the next couple of years
TaylorMade SIM Max OS Irons Review
If you consider yourself a below-average ballstriker, you might want to consider the TaylorMade SIM Max OS irons. I’d recommend at least demoing them if you get a chance at a local demo day or a sporting goods store. You might find that the extra forgiveness helps you hit more greens in regulation.
A quick note for those that aren’t as familiar with irons: try out both graphite and steel shafts if you aren’t sure which is best for you. Typically, graphite shafts are lighter to allow you to generate more club head speed. Just for fun, I got to try out both graphite and steel shafts with the SIM Max OS club heads. It’s all about finding what is best with YOUR swing, though.
Although the Max OS iron heads were way too bulky for my liking, they truly didn’t feel bad at impact for a super game improvement iron. Very small amount of vibrations and a decent sound when hit in the sweet spot.
Compared to the SIM Max, the SIM Max OS irons are one millimeter (mm) taller in the toe and heel. The overall width is 3mm wider, leading to a larger sweet spot for slightly off center strikes. The TaylorMade Max iron also have 1mm more offset compared to SIM Max.
That extra bit of offset, although small, can help you get your hands a tad bit more ahead of the ball at impact. Better golfers typically aren’t a fan of offset, but low to mid handicap golfers can usually benefit from some offset.
Pros: one of, if the the MOST, forgiving set of irons on the market for 2020
Cons: A little too bulky for some; crazy expensive