Taylormade Sim Max Driver vs Titleist TS2 Driver

Taylormade Sim Max Driver vs Titleist TS2 Driver

The Taylormade Sim Max Driver and the Titleist TS2 Driver are designed for a similar type of player. Basically, that means golfers looking for a combination of high launch and mid-to-low spin. This combination translates to impressive carry distances and a relatively straight ball flight. In other words, both of these drivers could easily be placed in the bag of low handicappers, mid handicappers and even high handicappers. They are very versatile drivers. 

The goal of this post is to help you decide which driver is better suited to your needs. Regardless of which option you choose, you should be left with a top quality distance monster that will serve you well off the tee. Now let’s get stuck in to the finer details. 

Taylormade Sim Max vs Titleist TS2 - Specs Comparison

Product NameTM Sim MaxTitleist TS2
Head Size460cc460cc
Loft Options9.0°, 10.5°, 12°8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°
Lie Angle Options56° – 60°57.75° – 60°
Men’s Length45.75″45.5″
Women’s Length43.75″44.5″
Draw SettingsYesYes
Fade SettingsYesYes
Max Loft Increase1.5°
Max Loft Decrease-2°-0.75°
Default Lie Angle56°58.5°

Taylormade Sim Max Driver - Key Features

Please note – The following features and specs are sourced directly from Taylormade.com.

Improved Driver Shape

Taylormade Sim Max Driver New Shape

An asymmetric sole design and powerful new Inertia Generator combine to optimize aerodynamics and speed at the most critical stage of the swing..

Asymmetric Sole & Inertia Generator

Taylormade Sim Max Sole

The reshaped sole design optimizes clubhead speed and enhanced aerodynamics at the most critical stage of the swing. The Inertia Generator positions weight at the extreme rear for increased forgiveness and is strategically angled to reduce drag on the downswing.

Speed Injected Face

Taylormade Sim Max Driver Twist Face Technology

The Taylormade Sim Max driver head has been individually calibrated and injected to reach the threshold of the maximum legal limit of ball speed. The revolutionary face curvature reduces sidespin and delivers straighter shots on off-center strikes.

The Sim Max also has Thru-Slot Speed Pocket technology delivers enhanced sole flexibility to create additional ball speed as well as improved forgiveness on low-face mis-hits

Twist Face Technology

Taylormade Sim Max Driver Twist Face

Uses corrective face angles designed to overcome inherent golfer tendencies on mis-hits and to produce straighter shots. 

This face technology expands the C.O.R. zone of the clubface, resulting in a larger sweet spot and better performance on mis-hits

Taylormade Sim Max Driver - Shaft Options

Fujikara Ventus Red 5

Ventus 5 Red Shaft
Flex Weight Torque Tip Size Launch Spin
Stiff (S) 55g 3.9 .335 Mid-High Mid
Regular (R) 54g 4.1 .335 Mid-High Mid
Senior (A) 53g 4.3 .335 Mid-High Mid

The Fujikara Ventus Red 5 Shaft is ideal for players hoping to hit it high and maximize carry. The launch settings are mid-high, while the spin rate is mid. Both of these conditions will help keep the ball in the air for as long as possible. 

Basically, if your current trajectory is quite low, the Ventus Red 5 is almost certainly a better choice than the Ventus Blue 6. 

Fujikara Ventus Blue 6

Flex Weight Torque Tip Size Launch Spin
Regular 63g 3.9 .335 Mid Mid-Low
Stiff 64g 3.8 .335 Mid Mid-Low
X-Stiff 65g 3.7 .335 Mid Mid-Low

The Fujikara Ventus Blue 6 shaft is the better option for players that want a piercing ball flight. The combination of mid launch and mid-low spin should help prevent the ball from flying too high. This is usually the choice of better players with faster swing speeds that don’t want too much backspin. If you hit your current driver sky high, you can potentially increase your distance by decreasing backspin. 

Taylormade Sim Max Driver - Tuning Chart

As you can see from the Taylormade Sim Max Tuning Chart featured above, this driver is hugely customizeable. This is a good call from taylormade. There are 12 different settings to choose from, and can you can set up the Sim Max to favor a draw bias or a fade bias (or you can just set it to neutral). 

You can also adjust the lie settings of the club. Generally a more upright the lie angle, will promote a draw. By the same token, a flatter lie angle will promote a fade. 

Titleist TS2 Driver - Key Features

Please note, the following features and specs were sourced directly from Titleist.com

Titleist TS2 Driver Speed Chassis

The new Titleist Speed Chassis is the result of a two-year mission to deconstruct the driver and then design greater speed into every detail.  This is a key feature of the Titleist TS2 Driver. Everything is ultimately built to maximize speed. This is partially because Titleist’s previouse generation of drivers (ie the 917D2 range) were considered straight but short off the tee. Titleist clearly set it to rectify this with the TS range, and they have delivered. The TS2 Driver is beautiful, long and super fast off the face. 

New Streamlined Shape

Titleis TS2 Driver Streamline Shape

The Refined Titlest TS2 driver shapes help increase clubhead speed for more distance.

Ultra-thin Titanium Crown

The thinnest titanium crown in the game allows weight to be shifted lower and deeper.

Thinner, Faster Face

Variable thickness face delivers faster ball speeds and increased forgiveness.

Optimized Weight Distribution

Titleist TS2 Optimized Weight Distribution

The refined crown and face thicknesses create our lowest CG ever for higher launch and lower spin. 

Titleist TS2 Driver - Shaft Options

Mitsubishi KUROKAGE Black Dual Core SFW 50

A, R, S, X

48g, 50g, 51g, 55g

Mitsubishi Tensei AV Series Blue SFW 55


R, S, X

57g, 58g, 62g

Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black 60

5.5, 6.0, 6.5

60g, 62g, 64g

Project X HZRDUS Smoke Yellow 60

6.0, 6.5

64g, 64g

Project X Even Flow T1100 White 65

6.0, 6.5

67g, 67g

Titleist TS2 Driver

Rick Shiels Video Review - Taylormade Sim Max Driver

Rick Shiels Video Review - Titleist TS2 Driver

Final Thoughts

It should be pretty clear that both of these drivers are excellent options for most reasonably skilled golfers. They will deliver speed, long carry distances and great feel. 

In the end, the Taylormade Sim Max is probably a touch longer than the Titleist TS2, but we’re talking 1-5 yards. Ultimately, the choice will come down to which driver face you prefer at setup, and which driver matches up the best with your particular swing speed and launch angles. 

Regardless of which option you choose, you really can’t go too far wrong here. Titleist has finally caught up with the rest of the big boys in the golf equipment world, and it’s good to have them back in the mix. 

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