Gear: TaylorMade SIM Max, SIM Max OS irons
Value: $999.99 SIM Max (Four-AW), with KBS Max 85 shafts and Lamkin Crossline 360 grips; $1,zero99.99 with Fujikura Ventus Blue graphite shafts; $899.99 SIM Max OS (Four-AW) on metal, $999.99 on graphite
Specs: Solid 450 stainless-steel and 431 stainless-steel heads with polymer vibration dampener
Out there: Feb. 7
The aim for each game-improvement and most game-improvement iron is to ship extra distance and forgiveness to gamers who are inclined to battle with consistency. Golfers who hardly ever break 90 don’t take into consideration controlling little attracts and fades an excessive amount of, however they do take into consideration hitting the ball farther and getting it increased into the air.
Final season, TaylorMade’s M5 and M6 irons featured Velocity Bridge expertise, a bar designed into the again of the membership to offer extra distance and higher really feel. For 2020, TaylorMade is utilizing that expertise once more as the muse of the brand new SIM Max and SIM Max OS irons.
The Velocity Bridge bar connects the underside of the SIM Max iron to the topline. (TaylorMade)
The Velocity Bridge bar connects the decrease portion of the pinnacle to the topline, stiffening each of these areas, and that allowed TaylorMade’s engineers to make the face thinner (1.5 millimeters) and sooner. It additionally allowed them so as to add a slot within the sole, which TaylorMade calls a Velocity Pocket, and it goes all the best way into the membership in lengthy and mid-irons (Four-Eight). The corporate stated the mixture of a thinner face and the Velocity Pocket permits the hitting space to flex extra effectively at affect, particularly on low-struck photographs, to offer gamers extra distance.
From a seems perspective, the SIM Max has the identical blade size and offset because the M6, which it replaces, however a barely thinner topline. Nonetheless, to boost the texture at affect, TaylorMade changed the polymer block that was contained in the M6 iron with a bit that runs the size of the blade. The corporate calls it an Echo Damping System, and it rests straight behind the face, seen from the skin.
The Echo Damping System absorbs vibrations to boost sound and really feel. (TaylorMade)
The Echo Damping System’s ribbed design makes contact in additional locations to absorb extra vibrations, however it doesn’t inhibit the face from flexing at affect, so it is not going to trigger a discount in distance.
An added good thing about connecting the only real to the topline after which positioning a polymer piece within the cavity is it pulls extra mass down and away from the face. This lowers the middle of gravity and encourages increased photographs.
TaylorMade SIM Max OS irons (TaylorMade)
For golfers on the lookout for much more stability and ball pace, TaylorMade is providing the SIM Max OS. It has the Velocity Bridge and Echo Damping System discovered within the SIM Max, however the blade size is barely longer and the heads are bigger. The outsized golf equipment even have a wider sole to make them extra forgiving on fats photographs.