TaylorMade SIM2 Max Irons Review

By Kellie Noszka

TaylorMade SIM2 Max 7-iron

TaylorMade SIM2 Max irons are quite similar to the SIM Max irons released in 2020, but a few notable changes in the game-improvement clubs have provided better launch and more forgiveness.

Cap Back design on TaylorMade SIM2 Max iron

Introducing Cap Back Design

The SIM Max irons were known to be relatively forgiving, thanks in part to the Speed Bridge that supported the center of the club. The Speed Bridge allowed flexibility in the face while still providing structure.

In the new SIM2 Max irons, the Speed Bridge is replaced by a Cap Back design. The Cap Back is made of several layers of lightweight polymer that spans the entire cavity of the clubhead, from heel to the toe. The increased stability results in less twisting of the clubhead and more hits on the sweet spot.

The Sweet Spot Gets Sweeter

TaylorMade’s research and development team tested thousands of shots from players at a variety of skill levels. They charted the impact area of the most solid shots. With this information, the developers worked to expand the sweet spot in the SIM2 irons.

The Cap Back design pairs well with TaylorMade’s patented Speed Pocket, a feature found on many of the brand’s clubs. The Cap Back/Speed Pocket combination produces a larger unsupported area of the face, resulting in more flexibility and a bigger sweet spot. A bigger sweet spot, means longer, faster, more consistent shots.

SIM2 Irons Produce a Higher Launch

One complaint of the SIM Max irons was the low launch, especially with longer clubs. The Cap Back also helps remedy the problem. Since the polymer Cap Back is lighter than the steel Speed Bridge, the SIM2 Max irons have a low center of gravity. This is an advantage for golfers who prefer a high ball flight.

TaylorMade SIM2 Max iron clubface

Do the SIM2 Irons Have a Good Sound and Feel?

Like the SIM Max irons, the SIM2 Max irons feature the Echo Dampening system. This system uses soft polymer inside the clubhead to absorb vibrations for a better sound and a preferable forged-like feel.

Inverted Cone Technology

Since the SIM2 Max irons are game-improvement clubs, TaylorMade’s Inverted Cone Technology plays an important role in better scoring. The ICT shifts the sweet spot slightly towards the toe to help correct right misses, a common problem for the mid- to high-handicappers the irons are designed for.


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SIM2 Max OS Irons

The SIM2 Max OS irons look and feel much like the SIM2 Max irons. You will notice a wider sole, stronger lofts and accentuated draw-bias.

How Much Do TaylorMade SIM2 Max Irons Cost?

The SIM2 Max irons set retails for $799.99, a moderate price for top-brand clubs. The SIM2 irons are nearly half the cost of the popular TaylorMade 790 irons, which retail for $1,399.99. The SIM2 Max OS irons also retail for $799.99.

About the Author

Kellie Noszka is a freelance writer and former sports reporter for the Cincinnati Post. She was a golf caddie for 10 years and earned an Evans Scholarship to The Ohio State University. Kellie developed a deep appreciation for the game of golf at an early age.