Expert Review: TaylorMade SIM2 Max Draw FairwayPublished on 03/14/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the club, which I tested for one day in March of 2022.
TaylorMade Sim2 Max Draw Fairway. Photo by Bryan Etter
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the club, which I tested for one day in March of 2022.
I thought the TaylorMade SIM2 Max Draw Fairway was a very easy to hit 3 wood. This club helped reel in the shot shape on misses and straightened out my fade when I struck the ball well. I think it's a great club for a golfer looking for help trying to hit a draw, or for help with their slice.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2021 TaylorMade SIM2 Max Draw 3 wood
- Loft setting: 16 degrees
- Shaft type: Fujikura Air Speeder
- Shaft flex: X-stiff
- Average score: 85
- Experience: 4 years of golfing
- Right/Left-handed: Right-handed
- Typical ball flight: Power fade
- Golf ball used: TaylorMade TP5
- Club swing speed: 105 mph
- When I tried the club: March 2022
- Days tested: 1
- Where I’ve used it: Ramblewood Country Club and Golf Galaxy, NJ
- Weather and wind conditions: Cold and sunny weather with temperatures around 43°
How it performs
What I was looking for
This was a club I wanted to try because I have always been a huge Taylormade fan and I was very curious to see how a club designed for a draw would work. My misses are a slice as I am a fader of the ball, so I wanted to try this club to see if my ball flight would change. As this club is designed to draw the ball, I wanted to see if it would change my fade to a draw or at least straighten it out.
Why I chose this club
Ultimately I chose to get the TaylorMade SIM2 Max Fairway over this Max Draw Fairway. The Max Draw is a great club but as I naturally hit a fade, and want to hit a fade, it ultimately didn’t make sense for me to buy a draw club like this one. I don’t regret trying it however as it was cool to see the club naturally change my ball flight.
What I love about it
- Distance: TaylorMade is at the forefront of distance and this club is no different. Good ball strikes send the ball a very long way.
- Forgiveness: For my shot shape (power fade), the forgiveness was very nice. A miss that would typically have resulted in a slice held on with this club.
- Feel: The club feels great in the hands and gives a feeling best described as “smooth power”.
- Sound: The sound was different than I was expecting but in a good way. It almost sounded suppressed, but there is still good contact as the ball leaves the face.
- Shaft Feel: I used a Fujikura Ventus Blue X stiff shaft, and I love its feel.
- Shaft Performance: As a player with high swing speed, the shaft does not get too whippy at all and lets the ball fly off the face.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The white outline on the black clubhead is such a clean look. There’s a reason why so many TaylorMade pros loved this club—it looks and feels good!
Issues I’ve encountered
- Workability: The ball naturally wants to draw coming off this club. This limits the ability to play different shots, which in turn limits when and where the club can be used.
- Adjustability: Unlike the driver, this club was set at 16 degrees and is always set to draw so there is almost no adjustability.
Best shot with this club
My best shot with this club happened to be a miss. As I am a natural fader of the ball, my ball flight starts left then fades back in. My best shot took place on a long par 5. I had to use a 5 wood off the tee which left me about 270 yards to the green. I was in the fairway so I opted to go for it. I took out this club, aimed left of the pin and let one go. Immediately, I knew I missed and expected that this shot was going to slice right. The SIM2 Max Draw held the ball up so instead of a pitch out of the green side rough, my ball landed on the right side of the green giving me an eagle look. Using my normal 3 wood, there’s no chance I would have been on the green in that situation.
Value for the money vs. other options
I love the TaylorMade brand and feel their clubs are absolutely worth the price. For golfers looking to improve their slice, or looking to play a draw but need help from a wood in doing so, then this is the club to go with. Right now, it’s going to be cheaper than the other woods on the market since the TaylorMade Stealth was released. And for that price, it’s probably the longest and most forgiving wood on the market. The two other major clubs, the Cobra Radspeed and Callaway Epic, don’t have natural draw biases so the same draw shape is not possible. Although they can be adjusted, it isn’t the same feel as a club designed to draw. Considering how tough woods are for most amateur golfers to hit, this is the biggest bang for your buck.
The TaylorMade SIM2 Max Draw Fairway is the perfect club for any golfer looking for help with drawing the ball or looking for help in straightening out a slice.