TaylorMade redefined their previous M5 and M6 line with the all new SIM line, short for Shape in Motion.
TaylorMade boasts the new Sim Max OS distance iron sounds great and feels like a forged iron. Let’s see if the new game improvement Sim OS iron really helps hit it higher, farther, longer and straighter. Here’s our honest, unbiased review.
The TaylorMade Sim Max OS iron set looks extremely easy to hit at address. The irons feature a thick top line and wide sole designed for distance and speed. Upon inspection, the most interesting aspect is the Speed Bridge on the cavity of the iron which runs from the middle of the top line down toward the toe. The Speed Pocket, a staple in TaylorMade irons for several years, is noticeable on the sole just behind the club face. The black ECHO Damping System is visible at the base of the cavity with a nice charcoal, silver and blue color contrast plate located in the cavity.
The TaylorMade Sim Max OS is loaded with technology designed to make it one of the easiest irons to hit while adding plenty of distance. The Speed Bridge supports the topline of the club allowing more distance and forgiveness with an improved sound and feel. In addition, the ECHO Damping System improves the feel by eliminating vibrations for smoother contact. The Speed Pocket located on the sole maximizes stability in the club face for increased ball speed and forgiveness. TaylorMade designed the Sim Max OS with their Ultra-Thin 1.5 mm face and Progressive Inverted Cone Technology for larger sweet spot and a draw bias in the longer and harder to hit irons. Finally, TaylorMade designed the Shape Design with a wider sole and lower center of gravity for higher ball flight and unmatched combination of distance, forgiveness and playability.
TaylorMade’s Sim Max OS irons are available in 18* 4-iron through 59* Low Wedge. The set has strong lofts with the 7-iron measuring 27*, 37.25” in length and 63* lie angle. Swing weight for steel is D1 for 4-iron through pitching wedge, and D2 in SW and D3 LW. Graphite is a little lighter with D0 4-iron through pitching wedge, and D1 in SW and D2 LW. The set is available in right and left-handed options, although the lob wedge is not available for left-handed players.
TaylorMade offers several shaft and grip offerings at no upcharge, however the most basic stock shaft is KBS Max 85 available in Regular (91 gram) and Stiff (93 gram). KBS Max 85 is a high launch and spin shaft meant to get the ball up in the air quickly. Ventus Blue is the stock graphite offering available in Lite (A) flex (56 grams) Regular flex (66 grams ) and stiff flex (76 grams). All three offerings are high launch shafts. The Lite flex (A) is high spin while Regular and Stiff are mid-high spin shafts. The stock grip is Lamkin Crossline 360.
I tested the TaylorMade Sim Max with stock KBS Max 85 stiff shaft, standard length, lie angle and Lamkin Crossline 360 Grip. All testing uses TaylorMade TP5 golf ball and Foresight GC2-HMT to reduce additional variables.
The Max OS provides a larger sweet spot and they are incredibly long. Balls jump off the clubface with a trampoline effect. In addition, some of the off-center hits don’t feel drastically different than the center of the club face. Probably the biggest surprise is the irons felt a little softer than I was expecting. When you think of game improvement distance irons you picture expect firm contact.
When I say balls jumped off the face, the average ball speed was 122.4. In comparison, the P790 was only 116.5 mph ball speed under the exact same testing conditions. Carry distance was unbelievable for a 7-iron with an average of 181 and the farthest shot traveled 186.2 yards. That is almost 20 yards longer than I hit my personal 7-iron. The average launch angle was 17.6* and 4900 RPM backspin. The irons are so forgiving shots traveled with the slightest draw and side spin average of 118 rpm. TaylorMade delivered the answer for players looking for distance and forgiveness with one of the longest and easiest irons I have ever hit.
Lower Priced Option for Those On a Budget
Both are as forgiving as they come, but still long enough to compete with the “distance” irons on the market. If you are struggling with hitting the center of the club face, either of these will work just fine. If you are struggling with hitting the center of the club face AND your wallet is running dry, you need to stick with a lower priced set like the Callaway XR OS irons.
As previously stated, TaylorMade Max OS irons create incredibly fast ball speed while offering more distance, forgiveness and solid feel. Low handicap players are probably looking for more workability in the irons, however, mid to high handicap and players with slower swing speeds are the main demographic. TaylorMade also offers the regular SIM Max irons in addition to the Sim Max OS. TaylorMade Max OS steel irons retail at $112.50 each or $899.99 for a set of 8 irons and $125.00 each for graphite or $999.99 for a set of 8 irons. This is directly in line with similar models from competitors and a very reasonable price tag for the irons.