Expert Review: TaylorMade Women's SIM2 Max Irons

Published on 03/14/2023 · 5 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the irons which I tested from February through April of 2022.
Jess P., Golf Expert
By Golf Expert Jess P.

Getting some time on the range in the sun to try out some clubs! All photos courtesy of Jess P.

About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the irons which I tested from February through April of 2022.

My take

I had the opportunity to hit and play TaylorMade SIM2 Max Irons numerous times. They are hands down one of the most forgiving and easiest irons on the market to hit.

Hitting some shots on the range. It was a gorgeous day to try out some clubs!

About the club I tested

  • Model: TaylorMade SIM2 max iron set
  • Set Makeup/Lofts: 5-PW and AW Standard lofts
  • Shaft type: Graphite ladies and Ventus Blue 6 shaft
  • Shaft flex: ladies and men’s graphite regular flex

About me

  • Average score: 75
  • Handicap: 2
  • Experience: 28 years playing golf. 25 years as a Class A LPGA professional
  • Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
  • Typical ball flight: Straight/high draw
  • Golf Ball used: ProV1x
  • Club swing speed: 92MPH driver

Test conditions

  • When I tested this club: February - April 2022
  • Days tested: 5 days
  • Where I tested it: Louisiana Golf Courses
  • Weather and wind conditions: 60-70 degrees, driving range, on course, slightly windy.

How it performs

Distance
5/5
Feel
5/5
Forgiveness
5/5
Launch
5/5
Sound
5/5
Workability
3/5

What I was looking for

I was looking for an iron set that I could recommend to mid-to-high handicap golfers and also kids on the high school golf team that I coach. I wanted an iron that would increase golfers' accuracy and maximum forgiveness so they could hit more greens, and shoot lower scores. I found that in the SIM2 max iron set. In my opinion, they practically hit themselves. I could swing fast, slow, smooth, or have a shorter backswing and every shot was accurate, high, carried a great distance, and was at the target. I couldn’t hit a bad shot.

Why I chose this club

I love that these irons were designed to help so many golfers out there that struggle with consistency, distance, and accuracy. I realize that a large portion of the population isn’t going to be out on the course every day or week shooting a 75 as I can do. I also understand that every golfer out there wants to play better and will enjoy the game more when they shoot lower scores. We all have had that day when we can’t wait to run home and tell our friends or family how well we’ve played. I can’t even tell you how many times I have done that! I truly believe that TaylorMade took that into consideration when designing an iron like the SIM2 Max. I am also a high school golf coach, and three kids on my team play SIM2 Max irons. It has really changed their games so much, and I love that about these irons. I love how golfers of every level, every age, and everywhere can play these irons and really take their game to the next level and shoot lower scores.

Back view of the cavity back style of the SIM2 Max iron

What I love about these irons

  • Forgiveness: This set is super forgiving. Hands down this is the easiest iron I have ever hit. Even mishits or off-centered strikes had great distance and accuracy.
  • Distance: This is a distance iron for sure. The lofts are super strong and designed for the golfer seeking more distance from the 5 iron down to the wedges. I gained 10-15 yards instantly over my current iron set.
  • Feel: Surprisingly, these irons had a great feel for me. I’m always skeptical about a cast club, but the SIM2 Max was soft and felt great. Huge sweet spot on the face of these irons.
  • Launch Angle: I am a golfer that is always looking for more carry and a higher launch angle. And with the SIM2 Max, I got that. I was able to hit these irons very high in the air which increased my carry distance and helped with approach shots into greens.
  • Shaft Feel: The graphite ladies shaft was a little light for my game, but it was great for added launch and the flexibility felt great. Even with my higher swing speed, they didn’t feel too whippy.
  • Grip: I’m a huge fan of a velvet style grip and TaylorMade’s grip was definitely to my liking.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Aesthetic Appeal: The SIM2 Max clubs have a thicker top line and sole. I have always preferred a thin line when I look down at a club during my address. There is also a lot of offset in the iron face, which also isn’t particularly to my liking.
  • Workability: The SIM2 Max clubs were difficult for me to work a fade. I was able to hit a nice draw when I wanted but due to the thicker sole and cast club design, I wasn’t able to work the ball both ways.

Top line view of the SIM2 max iron on the driving range

Best shot with this club

The kids on my golf team always say to me “wow, you hit the ball so straight”. I remember when I tried their SIM2 Max irons for the first time, on par 3 (150 yards) I took one of their 6 irons, and on the first swing, I knocked it 3 feet from the stick. I hadn’t hit a shot before that, I hadn’t warmed up, it was cold and dreary. I specifically remember telling them, “that wasn’t me, that was the club” – and I meant it. These irons are just so easy to hit.

Value for the money vs. other options

These irons are very affordable, and I think they are worth every penny. It’s just so important nowadays to make sure to have the right equipment on the course to enjoy the game and play your best golf. Technology is constantly changing; it’s like driving a car from 25 years ago. Yes, I might get to my destination but would I be enjoying the ride? Is it efficient? Or, am I wasting gas because the car is old and doesn’t perform as well? Golf is no different. These irons from TaylorMade will help golfers play better and ensure they will not have to work as hard to do so.

Final verdict

After playing golf for more than 28 years, hitting dozens and dozens of sets over that time and owning more clubs than the average golfer will most likely do in their lifetime, I highly recommend the SIM2 max irons from TaylorMade Golf. I think they are one of the top, if not the top iron for forgiveness and distance for the mid to higher handicap golfer that is looking to really enjoy this wonderful game of golf by shooting lower scores every round.

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