TaylorMade SIM2 Max Driver Review

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The TaylorMade SIM2 Max driver is a slightly larger, more forgiving version of the SIM2.  Same outstanding feel.  Slightly higher launch.  Great choice for most golfers.

Introduction

“Max” seems to be the name of half the new drivers in 2021, and it can lead to a lot of confusion about what clubs are meant for what players.  We’re here to clear that up.  In the new TaylorMade line, Max designates the more forgiving options.  This review focuses on the SIM2 Max driver, the model that will be the best choice for the majority of golfers.

Looks

Over the last few generations of drivers, TaylorMade has established a signature look.  The carbon crown with a ribbon of contrasting color at the leading edge is immediately recognizable as TM, with or without the logo.  To me, the SIM2 Max is among the best versions of this look that they’ve done.

In comparison to the SIM2 driver [review HERE], the SIM2 Max is longer from front to back with a slightly shallower face.  These differences aren’t huge, but they’re noticeable when the drivers are next to each other.

When it’s in the bag, the SIM2 Max looks identical to the SIM2, save the “MAX” underneath the SIM2 branding.  Those with a keen eye will notice that the weight is slightly closer to the heel in the SIM2 Max.

Sound & Feel

If you read my review of the SIM2 driver, you know that I love the feel of that club.  When I picked up the SIM2 Max, I was afraid that I would be let down – often the “players” driver feels substantially better than the forgiving one.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that the SIM2 Max driver has the same exceptional feel as the SIM2.

Striking a golf ball with the SIM2 Max feels incredibly solid and produces a mid-pitch “crack.”  The sound is good, but it’s the feel that makes this club so much fun to hit.

Despite being a forgiving head, the SIM2 Max driver does provide good feedback through the hands.  If you pay attention, you’ll have no issue determining where the ball met the face.  One small, surprising difference between the SIM2 Max and the SIM2 is that I found more audio feedback in the SIM2 Max.

Performance

Reading through TaylorMade’s lit on the SIM2 drivers paints a clear picture of the SIM2 Max.  It leverages all the same tech as the SIM2 – Speed Injected Twist Face, Forged Ring Construction, SIM Inertia Generator – and both are the maximum allowable 460 cc.  The differences are that the SIM2 Max is billed as “Mid Launch” instead of low, and “Highest Forgiveness” instead of high.

I’d like to tell you that I uncovered something dramatically different in my testing, but I didn’t.  The SIM2 Max driver is exactly what TaylorMade claims: a more forgiving, higher launching version of the SIM2 (number lovers rejoice, you can compare the LM numbers in this review apples-to-apples with those in the SIM2).

Both of the changes from the SIM2 were beneficial for me.  The added forgiveness led to a small uptick in average ball speed.  A higher launch angle and slightly higher spin also added a little to my carry distance averages.  The differences weren’t huge, but over a larger sample size I think they might grow.  It’s also worth stating again that I am a fairly low spin player, so you may see larger spin differences between the two SIM2 driver heads.

Conclusion

Golfers are often torn between the driver they want and the driver they need.  By putting the exceptional feel of the SIM2 into the SIM2 Max, TaylorMade has made it easy to make the smart choice of taking more forgiveness.

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Matt Saternus

Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Plugged In Golf. He's worked in nearly every job in the golf industry from club fitting to instruction to writing and speaking. Matt lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

15 Comments

  1. Got fitted for a SIM2 Max last month with a VA Slay 55 shaft. The feel on this is great when you catch center face but it’s also pretty forgiving when you don’t. Visually, the driver looks great from every angle. The blue aluminum ring looks premium.

    • Danny Knight

      I also have the Sim2 Max. I turned up the loft on it to increase consistency of hitting the ball straight. I still get really good carry and roll out after the ball lands. I believe I have it at about 11° or so. Even misfits go further and stay straight.

  2. Kenneth Kline

    Any reviews on SimMax2 irons

  3. I’m gaming the original SIM max. Is there enough difference in ball speed and forgiveness to consider updating?

    • Matt Saternus

      From one generation to the next, there may be a measurable improvement in forgiveness, but it’s VERY rare for there to be a noticeable one.

      Best,

      Matt

  4. Hi, First, another nice review and great comments about both TM clubs. I would like to say I’ve hit my new Sim2 Max, but I would need to have it first. FedEx, Taylormade and the retailer have no idea where it’s at. Eerrrrr. Anyway, Matt, if it were possible to have a true blind test hitting all the new drivers you have reviewed so far, would you be able to say that other than sound/feel, all of the non-tour player models are so close to equal that if someone said this is the driver you’re playing you would not be disappointed? That is taking away fitted, premium shafts which I think for the majority is not an option due to crazy costs of clubs and those shafts. Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Brent,

      If I’m understanding you correctly, you’re asking if all the non-Tour models are so close that it doesn’t matter which one you pick. I would not agree with that statement.
      I would also disagree regarding the cost of fitting and fitted shafts. To paraphrase Nick Sherburne of Club Champion, “You can spend $500 and very likely waste it because the driver doesn’t fit, or you can spend $800 on a club that you know is built exactly for you and will last many seasons.”

      -Matt

  5. Hey Matt, Had a feeling the jist of my question did not come across right. Mainly that most all of the new drivers seem to distance wise, come within several yards of each other and dispersion somewhat the same for say 10 shots hit. Yeah, some more right biased, some more left. That is when keeping apples to apples as in a lower spin drive ( Sim2) compared to another low spin. Those in the right hands will tend to be longer, but not as forgiving. I guess I just get annoyed when I see some of these YouTubers almost yelling,…. The longest driver ever! Then you look and it’s maaaybe a couple yards on that day. I’ve babbled on enough. Thanks.

    • Matt Saternus

      Brent,

      We’re certainly in agreement that it feels like the majority of “reviewers” do nothing more than hype up new stuff in the hopes of getting more free clubs/endorsements/etc.
      I’d also agree that, if we grouped all golfers together and had them each test all the new drivers, the averages would look nearly identical. I just wanted to make sure no one read our comments and thought, “It doesn’t matter which driver I buy” because for any individual golfer, there can absolutely be huge differences between drivers that spec out the same because of the way the drivers interact with that player’s swing.

      Best,

      Matt

  6. Oh yeah!! Found out that TM dropped shipped my driver to Dick’s Sporting Goods! That’s not who I bought the club from!! Geesch

  7. Had a fitting a few weeks ago and the Sim 2 Max was amongst those that I hit. Ugliest driver TaylorMade have ever produced, and horrid shots to boot. Not even in the hunt.

    • Well Barry, thanks for sharing! Clearly you must’ve forgotten about the white Taylormade Aeroburner or R1 drivers that Taylormade had. In my opinion, I think the SiM and SiM2 drivers look great. Anyhow, all I can glean from your post is that you must’ve had a bad shaft for your swing when you hit the SiM2 Max. Hope you found a driver that helped your game! #stay+

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