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The TaylorMade SIM Max driver has excellent forgiveness and ball speed. A solid performer but without any particularly noteworthy features.
The TaylorMade SIM driver (review HERE) is a slight departure from the M5 in that it offers less adjustability. The TaylorMade SIM MAX driver, however, is perfectly in line with its predecessor, the M6. This driver is designed to offer maximum forgiveness and consistency. I tested it to see if it improved significantly over last year’s model.
At address, the SIM MAX driver is identical to the SIM. Light grey carbon fiber dominates the crown. A thin band of white separates the “T” alignment aid from the ball golf.
If you have the two drivers side by side, you’ll notice that the SIM MAX is slightly longer from front to back. This difference is very modest; I doubt I would notice it without them being next to each other.
When you flip the club over, the difference between the SIM and SIM MAX becomes obvious: there’s no sliding weight in the MAX. This puts all the focus on the asymmetrical “Inertia Generator” weight.
Sound & Feel
Surprisingly, I found the SIM MAX driver to be slightly louder than the SIM. Given that the SIM MAX does not have the sliding weight, I expected it to be quieter. Regardless, the impact sound of the SIM MAX is average in volume, mid to high pitched in tone.
What was not surprising is that the feedback of the SIM MAX was fuzzier than the SIM. This is designed to be a maximum forgiveness head, which means it covers up mishits rather than letting you know where the ball struck the face.
I was able to test the SIM MAX driver head to head with the SIM at the same loft with the same shaft. This allowed me to see the differences between the two models quite clearly. What stood out most was the higher launch. The SIM was low launching, but the SIM MAX launched in the low end of my normal window. Similarly, the SIM is low spin, the SIM MAX is mid spin.
In terms of forgiveness, I felt the SIM MAX had an advantage over the SIM. On average, the SIM MAX gave me slightly better ball speed and better accuracy. Subjectively, I felt that I got better results from my bad swings with the SIM MAX.
Much like the M6, the TaylorMade SIM MAX driver is a great choice for the player that wants a forgiving, easy to use driver. It creates plenty of ball speed and keeps the ball in play even on bad swings. However, there’s nothing game changing here, so don’t feel obliged to “upgrade” if your current driver is getting the job done.