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The Taylormade SIM2 Max D fairway wood is a slicer’s dream. With a larger footprint, the ultimate forgiving draw biased club instills confidence to find more fairways.
For 2021, TaylorMade has continued their trend of releasing three types of fairway woods – titanium, max, and draw-biased. The Max D fairway wood will fit a large segment of golfers who struggle to get the face square at impact and leave balls out to the right. A draw biased club isn’t anything revolutionary, but with such large amounts of golfers fighting the slice, it’s a necessary club to have in the lineup.
The draw-biased head is 195cc which is the largest among the three SIM2 fairway woods, and it’s slightly more round in shape. There is very little change for this year’s models with the looks at address. The matte crown is a black, carbon fiber design with a white stripe that frames the ball side of the head. The offset wants to roll the face slightly closed to fight the right miss. The surface area of the face is tall and wide which is always something that can benefit the average golfer.
Sound & Feel
I have to hand it to the engineers at TaylorMade – the sound and feel of their woods is really comforting. I’m not sure if it’s my own personal history of using TaylorMade drivers, but the feel is something I don’t get tired of.
The sound of the SIM2 Max D fairway wood is a bit more “clicky” than the SIM2 Max but nothing that kept me from enjoying this club. When I squared up the face (which was certainly more often with this club), the traditional “thwack” you get from a TaylorMade wood was addicting. Feedback on mishits was not as harsh as you would think due to the wider sweet spot.
The TaylorMade SIM2 Max D fairway wood performs exactly how I expected it to. No matter how hard I tried, my miss average was more left (as a right-handed golfer) than the other two fairway woods in this lineup. You would think the club head wanting to roll shut through impact would be an invitation for hooks, but I never found this to be true. I noticed that when I didn’t put a good swing on the ball, the clubface would square up at impact and get the ball back towards the center line more than I deserved.
I noticed a bit higher spin rate and an average distance loss of about 5-10 yards compared to the SIM2 Max FW [review HERE] with the same shaft. The shorter carry distances on the bad swings weren’t so bad when it was still in the fairway. I was happy to trade off some distance to find the fairway, especially on a poor swing.
As a natural cutter of the golf ball, I enjoyed seeing the ball move more right-to-left with this fairway wood. This is definitely geared toward higher handicappers but could find its way into the bag of certain better players who are looking to eliminate one side of the fairway. I could even see this in my bag as a go-to club for holes that require a right-to-left shape.
For golfers that struggle using fairway woods, particularly with the miss to the right, the TaylorMade SIM2 Max D should be on the radar for 2021. With a slightly larger head, it’s the most forgiving and easiest launching fairway wood of the bunch.