My Golffice – The Until The Next Tee Nerve Centre

To the victor, go the spoils.

When we were looking for a new place to live, my wife and I lucked out in finding an ideal situation. A 2 bedroom apartment with a den/office close to all of the amenities and a bus stop. I know, I know. This sounds like an ad on Kijiji or Craigslist.

I’ve never had an office to call my own anywhere that we lived, so I was excited about the prospects. But then, my wife got a new job and it was work from home. She needed a secure workplace so I bid a fond farewell to what could have been.

As it turns out, the “at home” job changed to Crystal returning to the site. Our internet provider lacked proper encryption or something, so, now we’re back to having t o drive her in every morning. It’s okay, it was nice having her working from home while it lasted.

But there’s another saying that when life hand you lemons, you make lemonade. So, as fate has it I now have my “golffice”. A space to call “sort of” my own. A place where I can practice putting, have all of my golf stuff out, work on my writing, and play guitar, It isn’t much but it’s mine. Not to mention, I have a quiet workplace just in time for the 2021 PGA Show, granted it’s virtual.

A few features headline my “golffice” namely my Big Moss putting green, my Arnold Palmer picture, my guitars (I know, it’s not golf-related) and other artifacts like books and autographs of John Daly and Craig Stadler.

The video below takes you n a tour of my modest golf nerve centre and where all of the magic happens at Until The Next Tee.

Next stop, the 2021 PGA Show.

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind

TaylorMade Golf Company Announces SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS Irons – Delivering the Next Level of Game Improvement Irons Through Cap Back Design

UNLOCKING DISTANCE, FORGIVENESS AND FORGED-LIKE FEEL THROUGH AN ALL-NEW MULTI-MATERIAL CONSTRUCTION

CARLSBAD, Calif. (January 19, 2021) – TaylorMade Golf, the industry leader in innovation and technology, today announced SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS irons – utilizing the company’s all-new Cap Back™ Design and evolved ECHO® Damping System to deliver unparalleled performance and feel to the category of game improvement irons. 

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CAP BACK DESIGN, THE KEY TO UNLOCKING GREATER DISTANCE & SPEED 

The industry leading performance found in the original SIM Max irons inspired the TaylorMade R&D team to ask the question: “What would happen if we supported the entire topline from heel to toe?” Enter Cap Back™ Design.  

In developing this new iron construction, the company charted thousands of shots from players of every skill level – in the process identifying the most tightly clustered impact areas among solid strikes. Leveraging that data, engineers set out to expand the sweet spot to capture more of those shots, effectively pinpointing performance where golfers need it the most.  

Cap Back Design proved to be the key to unlocking this new level of distance and performance.  The strong, lightweight polymer material spanning the entire cavity helps to secure the topline and provides additional rigidity in the upper part of the face. It works in unison with the flexible Thru-Slot Speed Pocket™ to create a larger unsupported area of the face, which translates to improved flexibility engineered for increased ball speeds and distance. That added flexibility made it possible to deliver the larger, more intelligent sweet spot. 

Beyond added distance and speed, Cap Back Design helped produce a higher MOI with increased clubhead stability at impact to discourage twisting, which allows the golfer to enjoy solid strikes more often. When paired with the ECHO® Damping System, the multi-faceted design helps to minimize unwanted vibrations that create the harsh feel associated with traditional distance irons. Producing the signature forged-like feel and sound of SIM irons. 

Eclipsing the performance of conventional cavity backs, SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS provide a pathway to better forgiveness, distance and feel.

We set out to take game improvement irons to the next level with SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS. To create Cap Back Design, we utilized multi-material advancements learned from our metalwoods to unlock forgiveness and distance with forged iron like feel. We leveraged a completely new construction to achieve the performance that golfers in this category both need and wantMatt Bovee, Product Creation, Irons

ENHANCING THE ECHO® DAMPING SYSTEM – ELEVATED FEEL, POWERFUL DISTANCE 

Implementing Cap Back Design allowed TaylorMade engineers to redesign the ECHO® Damping System – which features a more concentrated HYBRAR material in SIM2 Max and Max OS irons. This super flexible insert stretches from heel to toe and is completely encapsulated. The softer polymer blend utilizes multiple contact points across the face to channel away vibrations, further contributing to the forged-like feel while still promoting maximum face flex.

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EVERY IRON ENGINEERED FOR ACCURACY & FORGIVENESS 

The new intelligently designed sweet spot is strategically positioned to capture the most common impact points, delivering explosive ball speeds and consistency where golfers need it the most. While that added forgiveness is fueled by Cap Back Design, the proven performance of Progressive ICT continues to enhance accuracy throughout the set. 

Most game improvement irons have an inherent right-bias, which is why many equipment makers resort to heavy offset to counterbalance the effect. With SIM2 Max and Max OS, however, Progressive ICT gradually shifts the sweet spot toe-ward in long irons to promote a neutral ball flight while also delivering corrective performance on the common right miss.  

An array of technologies, such as a fluted hosel, 360° undercut and an ultra-thin face, work in harmony to deliver a low CG that’s engineered to produce a high penetrating ball flight. 

SIM2 MAX OS – OVERSIZED FOR MORE STABILITY

UNLOCKING DISTANCE, FORGIVENESS AND FORGED-LIKE FEEL THROUGH AN ALL-NEW MULTI-MATERIAL CONSTRUCTION

CARLSBAD, Calif. (January 19, 2021) – TaylorMade Golf, the industry leader in innovation and technology, today announced SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS irons – utilizing the company’s all-new Cap Back™ Design and evolved ECHO® Damping System to deliver unparalleled performance and feel to the category of game improvement irons. 

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CAP BACK DESIGN, THE KEY TO UNLOCKING GREATER DISTANCE & SPEED 

The industry leading performance found in the original SIM Max irons inspired the TaylorMade R&D team to ask the question: “What would happen if we supported the entire topline from heel to toe?” Enter Cap Back™ Design.  

In developing this new iron construction, the company charted thousands of shots from players of every skill level – in the process identifying the most tightly clustered impact areas among solid strikes. Leveraging that data, engineers set out to expand the sweet spot to capture more of those shots, effectively pinpointing performance where golfers need it the most.  

Cap Back Design proved to be the key to unlocking this new level of distance and performance.  The strong, lightweight polymer material spanning the entire cavity helps to secure the topline and provides additional rigidity in the upper part of the face. It works in unison with the flexible Thru-Slot Speed Pocket™ to create a larger unsupported area of the face, which translates to improved flexibility engineered for increased ball speeds and distance. That added flexibility made it possible to deliver the larger, more intelligent sweet spot. 

Beyond added distance and speed, Cap Back Design helped produce a higher MOI with increased clubhead stability at impact to discourage twisting, which allows the golfer to enjoy solid strikes more often. When paired with the ECHO® Damping System, the multi-faceted design helps to minimize unwanted vibrations that create the harsh feel associated with traditional distance irons. Producing the signature forged-like feel and sound of SIM irons. 

Eclipsing the performance of conventional cavity backs, SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS provide a pathway to better forgiveness, distance and feel.

We set out to take game improvement irons to the next level with SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS. To create Cap Back Design, we utilized multi-material advancements learned from our metalwoods to unlock forgiveness and distance with forged iron like feel. We leveraged a completely new construction to achieve the performance that golfers in this category both need and wantMatt Bovee, Product Creation, Irons

ENHANCING THE ECHO® DAMPING SYSTEM – ELEVATED FEEL, POWERFUL DISTANCE 

Implementing Cap Back Design allowed TaylorMade engineers to redesign the ECHO® Damping System – which features a more concentrated HYBRAR material in SIM2 Max and Max OS irons. This super flexible insert stretches from heel to toe and is completely encapsulated. The softer polymer blend utilizes multiple contact points across the face to channel away vibrations, further contributing to the forged-like feel while still promoting maximum face flex.

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EVERY IRON ENGINEERED FOR ACCURACY & FORGIVENESS

The new intelligently designed sweet spot is strategically positioned to capture the most common impact points, delivering explosive ball speeds and consistency where golfers need it the most. While that added forgiveness is fueled by Cap Back Design, the proven performance of Progressive ICT continues to enhance accuracy throughout the set.

Most game improvement irons have an inherent right-bias, which is why many equipment makers resort to heavy offset to counterbalance the effect. With SIM2 Max and Max OS, however, Progressive ICT gradually shifts the sweet spot toe-ward in long irons to promote a neutral ball flight while also delivering corrective performance on the common right miss.

An array of technologies, such as a fluted hosel, 360° undercut and an ultra-thin face, work in harmony to deliver a low CG that’s engineered to produce a high penetrating ball flight. 

SIM2 MAX OS – OVERSIZED FOR MORE STABILITY 

Equipped with the same technologies that power SIM2 Max but bundled into a low CG oversized package, SIM2 Max OS is the longest and most stable iron in the current TaylorMade family. It features a wider sole, stronger lofts and accentuated draw-bias in comparison to SIM2 Max.

SPECIFICATIONS, PRICING & AVAILABILITY 

Available for preorder on January 19, 2021 and at retail beginning February 19, 2021, the SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS irons ($1,049.99 steel/$1,149.99 graphite CAD) will be offered in 5-AW (7 pc. set with 4 iron, SW & LW also available) and come equipped with KBS Max MT 85 steel shafts (S, R) or Fujikura’s Ventus Blue graphite shafts (7S, 6R & 5A). For women, the SIM2 Max and Max OS irons will come equipped with the Aldila NV Ladies shaft.

Equipped with the same technologies that power SIM2 Max but bundled into a low CG oversized package, SIM2 Max OS is the longest and most stable iron in the current TaylorMade family. It features a wider sole, stronger lofts and accentuated draw-bias in comparison to SIM2 Max.

SPECIFICATIONS, PRICING & AVAILABILITY 

Available for preorder on January 19, 2021 and at retail beginning February 19, 2021, the SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS irons ($1,049.99 steel/$1,149.99 graphite CAD) will be offered in 5-AW (7 pc. set with 4 iron, SW & LW also available) and come equipped with KBS Max MT 85 steel shafts (S, R) or Fujikura’s Ventus Blue graphite shafts (7S, 6R & 5A). For women, the SIM2 Max and Max OS irons will come equipped with the Aldila NV Ladies shaft.

TaylorMade Golf Company Introduces the New Family of SIM2 Fairways and Hybrids

THE EVOLUTION OF V STEEL, TAKING CG LOWER TO DELIVER A HIGHER LAUNCH

CARLSBAD, Calif. (January 19, 2021) – TaylorMade Golf, the industry leader in innovation and technology, today announced the all-new SIM2, SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max•D fairway woods. In addition, the company unveiled its expanded hybrid offerings with the Tour-inspired SIM2 Rescue and SIM2 Max Rescue.

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SIM2 TITANIUM, SIM2 MAX AND SIM2  MAX•D  FAIRWAYS  

The resurgent momentum of V Steel™  propelled  the original SIM fairways  to reset  industry  standards. For 2021, TaylorMade focused on refining that breakthrough technology to drive centre of gravity low to promote enhanced forgiveness and optimal launch conditions.  

In the world of golf club engineering, we fight for millimeters because those small changes can lead to big results. With the SIM2 Titanium fairway, we repositioned CG a mere 12.1mm from the ground. That delivers a CG projection that’s absolute centre face along with increased MOI for more forgiveness compared to last year’s model. We’ve gone low across the entire line of 2021 fairways, so golfers can go higher.Tomo Bystedt, Senior Director, Product Creation, Metalwoods

BUILDING ON THE BEST    

Improving upon all the elements that made SIM fairways a leader in distance, TaylorMade added a new level of forgiveness in SIM2 Titanium, SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max•D fairways. Powered by the iconic V Steel design that promotes enhanced turf interaction and playability from various lies, improved weight distribution delivers pinpoint CG projection for optimal MOI and launch properties.    

The more compact SIM2 Titanium fairway features a 170cc pear shaped head for a Tour-inspired look at address while still maintain a generous face size – combining properties of playability and forgiveness. It features a lightweight carbon construction with the revolutionary ZATECH Titanium Face and a heavy 80g steel sole weight. The strategically positioned weight creates an ultra-low CG that creates 5% greater MOI than its predecessor.  

With progressive face sizes for strategic forgiveness, the SIM2 Max fairway has a larger 190cc footprint and with a face constructed from strong C300 steel. Also featuring the reinvented V Steel for exceptional versatility from all lies, the SIM2 Max has refined weighting designed for forgiveness, higher launch and peak trajectories.   

Using data collected during the development of Twist Face, which shows the correlation between handicap, mis-hit dispersion and the need for draw-bias equipment, the 195cc SIM2 Max•D has been optimized for forgiveness with the largest head and face area in the current family of fairways.    

Matching the aesthetics of the SIM2 driver family, the carbon crown and contrasting chalk colour help frame the ball at address and improve alignment.  

SIM2 Titanium

SIM2 Max

SIM2 Max D

SPECIFICATIONS, AVAILABILITY & PRICING   

SIM2 Titanium, SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max•D fairways will be available for preorder on January 19 and at retail on February 19, 2020. SIM2 Titanium has an MSRP of $529.99 CAD and will be offered in 13.5° (Rocket), 15° and 19° lofts. It will be offered in the Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Blue 75, with numerous additional shaft options available at no additional cost. It comes stock with the Golf Pride’s Z-Grip (47g).   

SIM2 Max and Max•D have an MSRP of $399.99 CAD. SIM2 Max will be offered in lofts of 15°, 16.5°, 18°, 21° and 24°. Shaft offerings include Fujikura Ventus Blue FW 6 and Ventus Blue FW 5, with additional custom shaft options available at no additional cost. SIM2 Max•D will be offered in lofts of 16°, 19 and 22°. Fujikura’s AirSpeeder 45 is the stock shaft offering with numerous custom options available at no additional cost. Both models come stock with Golf Pride’s Z-Grip (47g).  

Women’s offerings include the Aldila NV Ladies shaft and the Lamkin Ladies Sonar grip. With lofts of 16.5°, 18°, 21° and 24° in SIM2 Max; and 16°, 19° and 22° in SIM2 Max•D.  

SIM2 & SIM2 MAX RESCUES – THE LEGEND GROWS

The impact of the original SIM Max Rescue was felt at every level of the game, from the amateur ranks to the world’s best. Week in and week out, SIM Max Rescue was played on Tour with approximately a dozen of the breakthrough hybrids in play any given Sunday. It even accounted for wins with current World No. 1 Dustin Johnson winning the 2020 Travelers Championship in record-setting fashion with two SIM Max Rescues in his bag. 

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Building on that success, TaylorMade has expanded its hybrid offerings in 2021 to include the SIM2 Rescue and SIM2 Max Rescue. Fueled by the Tour pedigree of its predecessor, the SIM2 Rescue was designed with insights from Johnson, Rory McIlroy and more. 

It offers a fast and sleek appearance that seamlessly transitions any golf bag from iron to metalwood. A compact players shape provides added versatility for the golfer who wants an iron-like ball flight and workability. A new leading edge design, sole geometry and optimized CG placement maintain the forgiveness of the original SIM Max Rescue – ultimately delivering the distance of a game improvement hybrid without sacrificing precision and control. It features a +/- 1.5° loft sleeve to further dial in performance.  

Relying on the V Steel technology that revolutionized hybrid performance, the SIM2 Max Rescue brings Tour-validated results to golfers at every level. A more refined sole geometry redistributes weight for increased forgiveness while maintaining low CG properties.  

The ultra-strong C300 Steel face delivers a powerful ball flight and when paired with Twist Face, the corrective face curvature that’s designed to give everyone straighter shots on mis-hits, golfers can expect better distance and accuracy more often.

SIM2 Rescue

SIM2 Max Rescue

SPECIFICATIONS, AVAILABILITY & PRICING  

SIM2 and SIM2 Max Rescues will be available for preorder on January 19 and at retail on February 19, 2021. SIM2 Rescue has an MSRP of $379.99 CAD and will be offered in lofts of 17°, 19.5° and 22°. It will be offered in the Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Blue HY shaft, with numerous custom shaft options available at no additional cost. It comes stock with the Golf Pride’s Z-Grip (47g).  

SIM2 Max Rescue has an MSRP of $339.99 CAD and will be offered in lofts of 19°, 22°, 25°, 28° and 31°. It will be offered in the Fujikura Ventus Blue shaft, with numerous custom shaft options available at no additional cost. It comes stock with the Lamkin’s Crossline 360 grip (47g).  

Women’s SIM Max Rescue offerings include the Aldila NV Ladies shaft and the Lamkin Ladies Sonar grip (38g). Loft offerings include 22°, 25°, 28° and 31°. 

Tommy Fleetwood Joins Team TaylorMade With a Multi-Year Agreement

The Ryder Cup Hero is Among the World’s Best Ball Strikers and One of Golf’s Most Amiable Personalities

CARLSBAD, Calif. (January 20, 2021) – Team TaylorMade has one of the strongest lineups in all of professional golf. As a company built around product innovation, technology and authentic golfer relationships, the brand has attracted some of the best and most magnetic players in the world.

Today, TaylorMade Golf announces that it has again strengthened its professional team with the signing of 5-time European Tour winner Tommy Fleetwood. Recognized as one of the game’s elite ball strikers, Fleetwood will play TaylorMade clubs and the company’s flagship golf ball franchise, TP5.

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This could be the start of something special. I have a feeling there are some exciting times ahead, I couldn’t be happier to join Team TaylorMade.Tommy Fleetwood

On the international stage, Fleetwood is widely known for his stellar play in major championships and unforgettable Ryder Cup heroics. The 30-year-old turned professional in 2010 and over the course of his career has amassed three top-5 finishes in major championships and six top 20s – including a runner up at the 2018 U.S. Open at Shinnecock where he shot a final-round 63, matching the lowest round in U.S. Open history.

Later that year, Fleetwood played a central role in Europe’s dominant Ryder Cup performance. He finished the week at Le Golf National in Paris, France, with a record of 4-1-0 as he led his team to a 17 ½ to 10 ½ victory – handing the U.S. one of its worst losses in the event’s 93-years.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Amateur wins: 2009 Scottish Open Strokeplay, 2010 English Amateur Champion
  • European Tour: five European Tour wins, 2013 Johnnie Walker Championship, Abu Dhabi Championship 2017 and 2018, plus two Rolex Series events 2017 Open de France and 2019 Nedbank Challenge, as well as the Race to Dubai Champion in 2017
  • Team: Ryder Cup 2018 he went 4-1-0 winning 4/4 fourball and foursome matches with Molinari
  • Other: Tommy has also had three Top 5s in the majors, two Top 5s in WGCs and a Top 5 at THE PLAYERS in 2019

Fleetwood’s relationship with TaylorMade runs deep. He has been playing a set of prototype irons built by the company since 2019 and upholds strong ties to Adrian Rietveld – who was TaylorMade’s lead technician on the European Tour before making the move stateside in 2019. He also played a variety of TaylorMade metalwoods after becoming an equipment free agent in 2016.

Tommy Fleetwood is a premier golfer, but he’s an even better person. Statements like that get thrown around a lot, but if you ever have the chance to spend time with him, you’ll immediately know it’s true. There’s a warmth, sincerity and wit about Tommy that stands out. He’s the ideal fit for Team TaylorMade as we embark on a journey to become the most people-centric golf brand in the world. We couldn’t be more excited to welcome him to the team.David Abeles, Chief Executive Officer, TaylorMade Golf

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Fleetwood is currently ranked No. 17 in the Official World Golf Rankings and is coming off a 10th-place finish at the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. He is scheduled to debut his new TaylorMade equipment at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship January 21-24.

TOMMY FLEETWOOD’S WITB:

  • SIM2 10.5 driver, Diamana DF 70 TX
  • SIM2 13.5 Rocket #3 fairway, Diamana DF 70TX
  • SIM2 18.5 #5 fairway, Diamana DF 80TX
  • P7TF proto 3-PW, Project X 6.5
  • TP5X (2021) #19

* Tommy continues to test TaylorMade wedges and putters

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TAYLORMADE GOLF COMPANY UNVEILS REVOLUTIONARY NEW DRIVER CONSTRUCTION WITH SIM2, SIM2 MAX AND SIM2 MAX•D

SHAPE IN MOTION HAS EVOLVED, DELIVERING A NEW LEVEL OF FORGIVENESS, SPEED AND DISTANCE

CARLSBAD, Calif. (January 19, 2021) – TaylorMade Golf Company builds on its history of metalwood innovation and groundbreaking technologies with the all-new SIM2, SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max•D drivers.

With the original SIM, the company focused on reshaping the driver to deliver speed and aerodynamics at the most critical stage of the swing – those milliseconds right before impact. Embracing the evolution of design, now TaylorMade has reinvented the way drivers are constructed with an increased focus on enhanced forgiveness while maintaining speed and optimal launch conditions.

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Forgiveness equals confidence. In 2020, we built a driver that was aerodynamic, promoted favorable launch properties and had one of the hottest faces in golf. By increasing forgiveness with SIM2, SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max•D, we’ve truly engineered a driver that has no tradeoffs. Golfers can step to the tee box and have the freedom to swing with confidence every time. Knowing they have a driver that checks all the boxes: Forgiveness, speed and distance with a beautifully crafted aesthetic.Tomo Bystedt, Senior Director, Product Creation, Metalwoods

DRIVER RECONSTRUCTION

To unlock a new dimension of forgiveness, TaylorMade engineers were forced to completely rethink how drivers are built from the ground up. By fixating on the process and materials, they discovered a hidden key in the form of a new design called Forged Ring Construction. Utilizing a lightweight and high strength aluminum that’s precision milled, the adjoining feature unites the critical components of the driver head into a singular force.

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As the defining component of SIM2, SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max•D, the forged aluminum ring is one of four crucial elements of the unique construction – each serving a vital function that allows the driver to be forgiving, fast and powerful. The other modules are the carbon crown, carbon sole and milled back face cup.  

FULL CARBON CROWN AND SOLE 

TaylorMade’s journey to SIM2 began with the lightweight carbon composite technology the company developed over the course of 15-plus years. The six-layer composite material, which was refined throughout the lifespan of the popular M series and SIM, is used on the crown of SIM2, SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max•D.  

A new high-strength carbon was developed precisely for the sole and designed for enhanced durability in protection against damage from turf interaction and contact at high speeds. The nine-layers of advanced carbon span the entire sole while simultaneously shaping the asymmetric Inertia Generator, which is designed to produce faster club head speeds through precise geometry and aerodynamic analysis.  

The expanded use of carbon saves a considerable amount of weight that’s been redeployed onto the Inertia Generator in the form of a heavy rear weight (16g SIM2, 24g SIM2 Max and 22g SIM2 Max•D). Placing this substantial weight low and back in the club moves the CG projection to centre face, optimizes launch conditions and maximizes MOI – more commonly described as forgiveness.  

The black satin carbon crown and contrasting chalk colourway help frame the ball at address and improve alignment. A high-gloss black carbon on the sole provides an eye-catching look and premium aesthetic when paired with blue accents from the aluminum ring.

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MILLED BACK FACE CUP WITH AN INTELLIGENTLY OPTIMIZED SWEET SPOT

The milled back face cup is the only part of the driver head that’s crafted from titanium. The strong and resilient material facilitates energy transfer to encourage faster ball speeds. Behind the face, internal CNC milling varies face thickness and pinpoints performance where golfers need it the most.  

Relying on the data used to develop Twist Face®, the company mapped the most common impact locations among golfers of all skill levels – which revealed a mis-hit pattern that extends from low heel to high toe. The milling process allows the company to precisely tune the thickness of the face to promote peak speed in those areas. This intelligently engineered sweet spot has an oval shape and stretches diagonally from the high toe toward the low heel. Ultimately, it results in a sweet spot that’s designed to capture more shots where golfers are more likely to hit it on the face.

In addition, a larger face size enhances forgiveness across the lineup of SIM2 drivers. SIM2 is 12% larger (vs. SIM), SIM2 Max is 5% larger (vs. SIM Max) and SIM2 Max•D is 5% larger (compared to SIM Max•D).

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THE EVOLUTION OF TECHNOLOGY – SPEED INJECTED TWIST FACE & SPEED POCKET  

In 2019, TaylorMade took Twist Face® – the iconic face curvature that’s designed to straighten ball flight – to the next level of performance with Speed Injected Twist Face, exposing the false narrative that speed limits had been reached for metalwoods. The industry-leading technology continues to provide massive benefits with SIM2, SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max•D, as each driver head is inspected, measured and tuned for maximum speed and to ensure conformity; a process truly unmatched in the golf industry.  

In recent years, golfers grew accustomed to seeing the Speed Injection Ports on the face of the driver. New for 2021, the port has been relocated to the outer toe. With the CNC milling now across the entire back of the face, designers were able to precisely tune the thickness of the titanium to promote peak speed on a specific area slightly to the toe side. With that development, the company is now able to efficiently manipulate speed across the entire face using a single port. The result is a level of precision that ensures every golfer gets a hot and fast driver head. 

The patented Thru-Slot Speed Pocket rests on the sole of the driver, maintaining the marquee purpose of protecting ball speed and performance on shots struck low on the face. 

DRAW WITHOUT COMPROMISE 

Historically, draw bias drivers have not been forgiving – as the higher CG needed to create the necessary spin led to a lower MOI. Company research indicates that design is counterintuitive. As you may expect, data suggest that high handicap players with severe right-miss tendencies gravitate to draw bias clubs. This group needs the forgiveness more than others. 

That’s why TaylorMade has flipped this design convention on its head. SIM2 Max•D delivers powerful draw-bias with a level of MOI and forgiveness not before seen in a draw driver from TaylorMade. By shifting the entire asymmetric Inertia Generator towards the heel, engineers were able to obtain draw-bias properties while also keeping its full function of aerodynamics and forgiveness.

The new SIM2 Max•D was designed purely with the golfer in mind. We looked closely at data and trends to truly understand who needs a draw bias driver and why. From there we challenged the norms of driver engineering to create a finished product that fits the needs of a large part of the golfing world’s population.Tomo Bystedt, Senior Director, Product Creation, Metalwoods

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PERFORMANCE COMPARISON – DIFFERENTIATING BETWEEN SIM2, SIM2 MAX AND SIM2 MAX•D 

SIM2

Traditional driver designs come with a tradeoff, but TaylorMade journeyed beyond tradition to obtain power, speed and forgiveness in a low spin driver. The reconstructed SIM2 delivers high MOI properties with a heavy 16g steel weight positioned on the Inertia Generator. The TPS Front Weight is strategically located behind the face to encourage optimal launch with low spin characteristics, delivering complete performance that’s low on spin and high on forgiveness.

SIM2 Max 

With an intense focus on speed and forgiveness, the SIM2 Max delivers high MOI properties with a heavy 24g tungsten weight positioned on the Inertia Generator. The TPS Front Weight is strategically located on the sole of the club to encourage the optimal mid-to-high launch with mid-to-low spin properties, delivering complete performance and max forgiveness.

SIM2 Max•D

Traditional draw-bias drivers come with a tradeoff, sacrificing forgiveness for a left-to-right ball flight. The all-new SIM2 Max•D features a repositioned Inertia Generator that’s closer to the heel, encouraging a heel CG that’s low and back for more forgiveness – designed to deliver a higher launch with the largest, most forgiving face in the SIM2 lineup. The end result, a draw-biased driver without compromise.

These three drivers enable us to deliver vastly different performance for a variety of players. We know there are a lot of different golfers out there. People will need less spin. People who need more spin. People who hit it straight and people who need draw bias. So, we’re delivering across the board with SIM2, SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max•D – separating them in terms of launch and spin. The unifying feature among all three is forgiveness – we’ve increased MOI throughout the entire SIM2 family.Tomo Bystedt, Senior Director, Product Creation, Metalwoods

SPECIFICATIONS, AVAILABILITY & PRICING  

SIM2, SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max•D will be available for preorder on January 19 and at retail on February 19, 2021. SIM2 has an MSRP of $699.99 CAD and will be offered in 8°, 9° and 10.5° lofts. Shaft offerings include Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Blue 60 and Project X’s HZRDUS Smoke RDX Black 70, with numerous custom shaft options available at no additional cost. They come stock with Golf Pride’s Z-Grip (47g).  

SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max•D have an MSRP of $699.99 CAD and will be offered in 9°, 10.5° and 12° lofts. SIM2 Max shaft offerings include Fujikura Ventus Blue 5 and Mitsubishi KuroKage Silver, with numerous custom shaft options available at no additional cost. SIM2 Max•D shaft offerings include Fujikura Air Speeder 45, with numerous custom shaft options available at no additional cost. Both models come stock with Golf Pride’s Z-Grip. 

Women’s stock offerings include the Aldila NV Ladies 45 shaft and the Lamkin Ladies Sonar grip.  

With an elevated focus on customization and club fitting, women golfers can find a full array of components in the Custom Shop at TaylorMadeGolf.ca, including lightweight shafts, grips and more. The custom process allows us to build the ideal club for any golfer – it’s not women’s equipment or men’s equipment, but the right equipment. 

MYSIM2 – A NEW LEVEL OF PERSONALIZED PERFORMANCE 

Personalization is a defining factor for the modern golfer. From stamped wedges and putters to custom headcovers and embroidered bags, golfers at every level of the game want their equipment to make a statement about who they are on and off the golf course. With the all-new MySIM2 program, TaylorMade is providing golfers with a comprehensive online platform for designing drivers that fit their game and personal style.

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With five different options for personalization including the forged aluminum ring, topline paint colour and more, MySIM2 is the ultimate crossroads of personalization and performance. 

It’s time for golfers to own their swing and make the clubs their own. Complete personalization offerings follow:

  • Aluminum Ring – Colour options include Red, Blue, Gold, Orange, Green, Silver, Black and Light Blue.
  • Topline Paint Colour – Chalk or matte black.
  • Crown Decals – Colour options include Red, Blue, Gold, Orange, Green, Silver, Black and Light Blue.
  • Sole Decals – Colour options include Red, Blue, Gold, Orange, Green, Silver, Black and Light Blue.
  • Face Pin – Colour options include Red, Blue, Gold, Orange, Green, Silver, Black and Light Blue.
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SPECIFICATIONS, AVAILABILITY AND PRICING

MySIM2 is offered in both SIM2 and SIM2 Max models, with more than 2,000 cosmetic combinations. MySIM2 will be available for preorder on January 19 and at TaylorMadeGolf.ca as well as select golf course and retail locations starting February 19, 2021, at an MSRP of $849.99 CAD. It will be offered in 8°, 9° and 10.5° lofts (a 12° loft is offered in SIM2 Max). MySIM2 will feature fully customizable shaft and grip components.