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 Name||TM Sim Max||Titleist TS2|
|Loft Options||9.0°, 10.5°, 12°||8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°|
|Lie Angle Options||56° – 60°||57.75° – 60°|
|Max Loft Increase||2°||1.5°|
|Max Loft Decrease||-2°||-0.75°|
|Default Lie Angle||56°||58.5°|
Taylormade Sim Max Driver - Key Features
Improved Driver 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Project X Even Flow T1100 White 65
Titleist TS2 Driver
Rick Shiels Video Review - Taylormade Sim Max Driver
Rick Shiels Video Review - Titleist TS2 Driver
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.