Expert Review: TaylorMade SIM2 RescuePublished on 03/14/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I purchased with my own money in April of 2022.
All photos courtesy of Quinn McCahon
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I purchased with my own money in April of 2022.
The TaylorMade SIM2 Rescue is the best hybrid option for mid-low handicappers looking for different trajectories, forgiveness, distance, and an amazing feel off the clubface. It is best suited for players looking to replace long irons and hit greens on long par 3s, par 4s, or second shots into par 5s.
About the club I own
- Model: 2021 TaylorMade SIM2 Rescue
- Loft setting: Lower trajectory (Flat)
- Shaft type: Mitsubishi Chemical AV Blue 80g
- Shaft flex: Stiff
- Average score: 82
- Handicap: 8
- Experience: Three years of golfing
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-handed
- Typical ball flight: Mid
- Golf ball used: Callaway Chrome Soft X LS
- Club swing speed: 110 mph with a driver
- When I bought the club: April 2022
- Days tested: 40 days
- Where I’ve used it: Range, private/public courses, and simulators
- Weather and wind conditions: Sunshine, rain, windy, cold weather
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a long iron replacement that would fit between my 4 iron and 3 wood. I did not want a 3 iron because I wanted something to launch high and land soft.
Why I chose this club
I hit the SIM2 Rescue at a store before purchasing it about four months later. I absolutely loved the feel, distance, and consistency that it provided for me. I hook most hybrids, so I was able to set it on the flatter setting. I considered the Callaway Apex Pro and Mavrik hybrid, but I struggled with a hook so the SIM2 Rescue was the perfect club for what I was looking for. I was able to put this on the flatter setting and started hitting it straight.
What I love about it
- Distance: This club is super long, and it has the perfect launch window.
- Forgiveness: While it is not a “game improvement” club, it is very forgiving on miss hits. The SIM2 Rescue’s new asymmetric Thru-Slot Speed Pocket provides increased face flexibility, which helps a ton for increasing ball speed and distance, especially on low-face strikes. Having a smaller head design allows me to hit it more like an iron. It gives me the confidence I need to hit different shots and let the technology do the work.
- Feel: The feel is something I can’t really describe. The face feels super hot, and it is the best hybrid feel I have tested.
- Sound: The sound is very dull, not too loud. TaylorMade made the SIM2 Rescue with forged high-strength C300 steel which allows for a strong, fast face that is engineered for explosive ball speeds. This is paired with Twist Face tech to overcome inherent golfer tendencies for miss-hits and generate straighter shots.
- Workability: I play mostly my cut shot shape, but I can work it left to right if needed.
- Adjustability: The hosel has a variety of different settings, from flat, upright, up a degree, and down a degree.
- Shaft Feel: The shaft is a great choice as it is not too stiff of a tip.
- Shaft Performance: It provides perfect spin and launch conditions. The lower spin setting paired with this shaft is still high, but longer.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The carbon black and blue accents make it a pretty club. Its face is not too deep so it is more compact than most hybrids.
- Grip Feel: I have the Tour Z-Grip and I love the tacky, soft feel.
- Launch Angle: The launch is mid-high when in a standard or high setting. The lower loft setting is more penetrating mid-launch.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Forgiveness: I found it is a little harder to get out of deep rough.
Best shot with this club
I hit this club on some longer par 5s for my second shot, and have stuck it on the green multiple times. I played at a course in Downingtown PA, where I was 215 yards out after my driver hit a slight cut to a back right pin, and I got it there on the green. It was one of my prettiest shots of my golf career.
Value for the money vs. other options
This hybrid is a great option, especially since it is now less expensive than when first released. If one is deciding between top hybrids like the Titleist TSi3 or the Callaway Rogue Pro, the feel and distance of the SIM2 Rescue are unmatched. Other hybrids that are cheaper, like a Mavrik, have much more of a draw bias and a different feel.
The TaylorMade SIM2 Rescue, in my opinion, is the best hybrid club out there when it comes to distance, feel, and control. The sleek player’s shape, with the carbon-black crown, makes it an incredible club to look down at and a great club to attack pins at a longer distance.