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TaylorMade Sim Max Irons Review

The Sim Max irons are TaylorMade’s latest offering for golfers looking for great distance and forgiveness in a set of golf irons. Here we’ll review the Sim Max irons and Sim Max OS irons to help you decide if they are the right irons for you.

TaylorMade Sim Max iron review picturing 6, 7 and 8 iron showing their cavity back design and speed bridge
8.4
Total
Looks8.2
Forgiveness8.8
Distance8.9
Feel8.0
Control7.9

The TaylorMade Sim Max irons are targeted at golfers looking for game improvement irons that offer distance and forgiveness in spades. They see TaylorMade bid goodbye to the M-series of irons and onto a new era of design.

Looks

The TaylorMade Sim Max irons have a thick top line, a wide profile and a good amount of offset – everything you would expect from a game improvement iron.

You can opt for the standard Sim Max or Sim Max OS (over sized) options in your search for great game improvement irons. The OS version have even great perimeter weighting and feature a thicker top-line as you look down at the irons from address.

The OS irons also feature a little more offset, making the OS a great option for golfers who slice their long irons.

Forgiveness

The Sim Max irons feature a large cavity back design, which pushes weight to the perimeter of the club head and prevents the club head twisting through impact. This has been combined with a steel bridge (speed bridge) at the back of the club, which further increases the club’s MOI (resistance to twisting).

The result is an iron that is highly forgiving where ever you strike your shots on the club face.

Distance

The Sim Max irons also include the thinnest iron face TaylorMade have produced in an iron to date. The effect is a club head that transfers more energy from the face to the golf ball, resulting in a powerful ball flight and greater distance.

The lofts on these irons are strong, but thanks to the low centre of gravity in the club head they still launch your iron shots high.

How much extra distance will you gain from the Sim Max compared to the older M5 or M6 irons? Well this will depend on your individual technique, but testing suggests a 2 to 4% increase in ball speed, which should result in an extra 5 to 8 yards for most golfers.

Feel & control

Where the Sim Max irons have also made great progress is with their sound and feel compared to previous models. The new dampening system that sits behind the length of the club face provides a soft but solid feel that you would usually associate with a players iron.

They don’t match the feel of forged alternatives such as the Mizuno HMB or Wilson D7 irons, but I’ve got no complaints.

Golf Insider UK verdict

Overall, the Sim Max irons offer a great options for a range of golfers. Distance and forgiveness are exceptional, if you prefer a little more control then check out the Mizuno HMB irons or Ping G410 irons.

I would suggest most player opt for the standard Sim Max irons as they provide a better blend of distance and control. The Sim Max OS iron are a great option for golfers who suffer with a stubborn slice and want all out forgiveness.

Taylor Made Sim Max irons

Taylor Made Sim Max OS irons

TaylorMade Sim Max vs TaylorMade Sim Max OS?

The over-sized (OS) version of the Sim Max irons have a slightly larger club head and a lower centre of gravity compared to the standard Sim Max. This design further increases forgiveness and generates a slightly higher ball launch.

The OS version also have stronger lofts and more off-set. Leading to more distance and encouraging a draw ball flight.

Ping G410 vs TaylorMade Sim irons

The TaylorMade Sim Max irons provide greater distance and forgiveness compared to the Ping G410s. They also have a larger profile and thinker top line. Whereas the Ping G410 are a smaller club head and offer a more balanced blend of distance, forgiveness, control and feel.

If you are looking for all out distance and forgiveness opt for the the Sim Max irons. If you want very good forgiveness but wish for a little more control and a slightly smaller club head the Ping G410 irons will be a great choice.

TaylorMade Sim vs TaylorMade M6 irons

The Sim Max irons offer all of the forgiveness of the M6, but with a softer feel off the face. This is achieved by a new dampening system placed along the length of the club face, meaning fewer vibrations travelling up the shaft where ever you make contact on the club face.

Should I buy the Sim Max or Sim Max OS irons?

For most golfers the Sim Max irons will be ideal. If you really struggle with a slice and are looking for maximum forgiveness and distance then opt for the OS version. For golfers who have a hook or draw I would recommend the standard Sim Max irons, due to the minimal off-set.

Are the TaylorMade Sim Max irons for high handicappers?

The TaylorMade Sim max irons are a great option for high handicappers and mid-handicappers alike. They also offer a very forgiving option for low handicap golfers who want a powerful set of irons.

Best price for TaylorMade Sim Max irons?

I’ve included a couple of links to check the price of the TaylorMade SIM Max irons below. When you are searching for the best price do check how many clubs are included. Some sellers will offer 5-iron to PW, whereas others will offer 4-iron to PW a a standard set. Expect to pay around £90 / $100 for each additional iron that are included.

Taylor Made Sim Max irons

Taylor Made Sim Max OS irons

Alternatives to the TaylorMade Sim Max irons?

A good alternative to the TaylorMade SIM irons are the Ping G410. The Ping G410 irons provide a similar level of forgiveness and control in a sleek looking design. You can check out a full review of the Ping G410 irons here.

Other alternatives include the Mizuno MP-20 HMB irons, which are hollow headed forged irons. They don’t match the levels of forgiveness of the TaylorMade Sim Max irons, but they perform exceptionally well and feel stunning.

TaylorMade sim max irons review – Summary

I hope this TaylorMade sim max irons review has proved helpful in your journey to get some fresh irons. For more, you can check out or run down of the most forgiving irons.

Happy golfing – Will @ Golf Insider UK

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Will Shaw, PhD, MSc, PGA Pro

Will is a PGA golf professional, with a PhD in Biomedical Science and MSc in Sports Biomechanics & Psychology. He spent 10 years lecturing part-time at Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds in Biomechanics and Motor Control before becoming the Head of Golf for the University of Exeter. He currently runs Golf Insider UK, Sport Science Insider around wider consulting and academic roles in sport performance and motor control.

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