Best TaylorMade Drivers 2022

A summary of the best TaylorMade drivers for men and women on the market right now

Best TaylorMade Drivers
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Best TaylorMade Drivers

TaylorMade has been at the forefront of developing driver technology for over four decades and it continues to produce equipment delivering market-leading performance. Rarely does a TaylorMade driver launch pass quietly, such is its presence on Tour among the world's best players and the eye-catching visuals that attract attention.

Be it the JetSpeed, AeroBurner or Rocketballz - to name but a few models - TaylorMade can never be accused of bringing product to the market that lacks innovation. For 2022, TaylorMade has taken us to the Carbonwood age. It launched the Stealth range of drivers, one of the first ever drivers to have an all carbon driver face as well as chassis. With three head designs in the range, there is a TaylorMade Stealth driver for pretty much every type of golfer - we'll walk you through each one below. 

Still available are the SIM2 drivers that were launched in 2021, and they are still well amongst the best golf drivers you can buy right now. Here, we examine the best TaylorMade drivers and offer our advice on which model will suit your game and skill level. Be sure to follow the links for our full reviews where you can read more about the latest technology and find out how each driver performed during testing.

Alternatively if TaylorMade is not for you, we have also created guides for other brands too – such as the best Ping drivers, the best Titleist drivers, or the best Callaway drivers.

Best TaylorMade Drivers

TaylorMade Stealth DriverEditors Choice 2022

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Suits Broadest Range Of Golfers

Specifications

Lofts : 9°, 10.5° & 12°
Adjustable: Yes
Stock Shaft : Fujikura Ventus Red 5
Left Handed Option: Yes, only in 9° and 10.5°

Reasons to buy

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Very strong overall performance
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Outstanding shelf appeal
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Consistent ball flights, especially in the wind

Reasons to avoid

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Less confidence inspiring than outgoing SIM2

Over the last few years, golfers have become used to seeing TaylorMade introduce new driver technologies in a bid to unlock more distance off the tee. For 2022, this promise comes in the shape of an all new carbon fibre face. To highlight this new technology, the face of the Stealth driver is red. Whilst this might not be to everyone’s taste, the chosen colour is not too bright and down behind the ball is fairly recessive. We liked it. 

Don't be concerned about the new carbon face sounding or feeling dull. Impressively, the engineers at TaylorMade have managed to create the Stealth with a powerful feel and good sound at the point of contact. While it may be a little more high pitched than the outgoing SIM2 driver, it still sounds great in our opinion. During our testing, we managed to deliver an extra three miles per hour in clubhead speed with the Stealth compared to the SIM2. As you’d expect, this (along with a reduction in spin versus the original SIM) translated into more distance. 

This is the standard model in the Stealth range, but there is also the draw bias Stealth HD or low spinning Stealth Plus to choose from - so if you're after the best drivers for slicers or best drivers for distance, check those models out. We think the standard head will suit the broadest range of golfers however and were seriously impressed with the aesthetics, performance and feel of this revolutionary new driver.

TaylorMade Stealth HD Driver resting on the ground

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Best TaylorMade Driver For Slicers

Specifications

Lofts : 9°, 10.5° & 12°
Adjustable Hosel: Yes
Stock Shaft: Fujikura Air Speeder 45
Left Handed Option: Yes, in 9° and 10.5°

Reasons to buy

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Very strong overall performance
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Outstanding shelf appeal
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Consistent ball flights, especially in the wind

Reasons to avoid

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Less confidence inspiring than outgoing SIM2

The HD in the Stealth HD stands for high draw and this driver has a built in draw-bias to help encourage a draw shape off the tee. TaylorMade has used the carbon face to save weight across the head and strategically place it's draw bias weight without losing any of the forgiveness across the face. 

During our testing we found that the majority of our shots finished left of target, which is ideal for a right handed golfer struggling with a slice. We also saw 5 more yards of draw shape when compared to the standard Stealth. With the same lofts and shafts used, the Stealth HD created the most spin of the three heads and also comfortably achieved the most overall height.

It certainly sits slightly more closed at address than the other three heads, but you'd expect this. While it created the most spin of the three drivers, we were impressed with how close the spin numbers were to the other heads. Most draw bias variants of driver heads spin much more, and the spin numbers between the three Stealth heads are pleasingly close. To us, it proves that TaylorMade has managed to make a driver that encourages  a draw shape without losing too much of the forgiveness or power found in the rest of the range. 

TaylorMade Stealth Plus Driver review

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Best Low Spinning TaylorMade Driver

Reasons to buy

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Consistently impressive ball speeds
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Compact aesthetics will suit better player
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Premium, modern look

Reasons to avoid

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Low spin performance may hurt some slower swinging golfers

For the better player searching for a low-spin option off the tee, TaylorMade has produce the Stealth Plus. Returning after a year away from the SIM2 range is the moveable weight positioned just behind the face of the driver. This driver is aimed at those faster swinging golfers or those looking for a driver set-up to promote a certain shot shape.

 As with the other heads in the family, this features a lightweight carbon fibre face. The 10g sliding weight can be positioned anywhere across the driver head to encourage a certain type of shot shape. 

In the same loft and shaft set up, the Stealth Plus was the lowest launching and spinning of the three heads. For us, it was also the longest, producing outstanding ball speed, carry and total distance performance. So if you like the look of the Stealth range and are looking for pure distance from your driver, look no further. 

TaylorMade SIM2 Driver

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Older Model For Fast Swing Speeds

Reasons to buy

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Very easy to align to your target
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Highly competitive distance

Reasons to avoid

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Performance gains over SIM very marginal (player dependent)

If you're asking yourself whether the SIM2 driver is still worth buying in 2022, you're not alone. There is still plenty of availability in 2022 - at a cut price too. 

The SIM2 carried over the Asymmetric Inertia generator and Speed Injected Twist Face when it replaced the SIM drivers in 2021. The head of SIM2 is created using a Forged Ring construction made from aluminium, which saves nine grams of weight.

This means there is now no moveable weight on the sole to adjust shot shape but TaylorMade say this was redundant for the majority of players at all different skill levels. The SIM2 models provide improvements around launch and also forgiveness while keeping spin low to maximise carry distance. From a looks standpoint there is also clear improvement, especially with the darker crown which contrasts more sharply with the white front section to better assist with alignment.

It is the lowest-launching, lowest-spinning option of the three SIM2 models. As such, it is aimed at the faster swinging golfer who tends to naturally create more spin through impact and it should help those players gain control over their ball flight, assisted by the adjustable loft sleeve.

TaylorMade SIM2 Max driver

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Older Model That Will Suit Most Swings

Reasons to buy

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Larger face increases margin for error
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Easy to align

Reasons to avoid

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No moveable sole weight

If the standard SIM2 is not for you, perhaps because you want a more user-friendly driver, then the next model in the range might be. The SIM2 Max is one of the most forgiving drivers out right now thanks to a couple of clear improvements.

The SIM2 Max has a heavier 24g back weight for even more forgiveness and a five per cent larger face than the outgoing SIM Max. We found it to be noticeably straight and consistent on slight mishits, helping us find more fairways than the SIM2 driver. This was no doubt helped by the Twist Face, which helps correct the effect of off-centre strikes. It also launches the ball higher with a touch more spin, which for slower swingers should increase carry distance.

TaylorMade SIM2 D driver at address

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Older Model For Golfers With A Slice

Reasons to buy

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Produces a more pronounced draw shape
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Face masking helps offer up a closed face

Reasons to avoid

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Won't suit players that already hit a strong draw

The SIM2 Max D driver is aimed typically at the higher handicap golfer and is definitely worth considering if you have a consistent fade, are battling a destructive slice or if you are a mid or slow swing speed player looking to launch the ball more easily.

By moving the entire Inertia Generator and 22g weight towards the heel, TaylorMade has been able to maintain forgiveness while enhancing draw bias. If you play with a consistent fade, this draw bias should deliver more distance via a straighter flight. Alternatively for any golfer battling a slice, the set up of the SIM2 Max D will guard against the shot that's preventing you from shooting lower scores.

But any golfer looking to take the right side of the golf course out of play should certainly consider a switch to one of the best drivers for slicers like the SIM2 Max D.

The SIM Max offers that extra forgiveness for those players who don’t consistently find the centre of the clubface.

The main reason for this is the eight per cent larger face and a heavier Inertia Generator in the rear of the clubhead.

If your strike pattern is out of the heel or the toe then that extra forgiveness and higher MOI that you get from the SIM Max is going to help.

It's a driver that will appeal to single figures players, as well as those in the high teens, because of how the adjustable loft sleeve allows different player types to get dialled in.

So if you're looking for a forgiving driver at last year's price, it is certainly one our top three we would recommend.

TaylorMade SIM2 Max Women's Driver Review

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Best TaylorMade Driver For Women

Reasons to buy

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Great styling
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Easy to launch 
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Impressive overall accuracy

Reasons to avoid

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Impact sound not as good as some other women's drivers

When TaylorMade designed the original SIM range it focused their efforts on improving aerodynamics to help golfers deliver more clubhead speed for greater distance. The new SIM2 does exactly the same, but the new line up has been reconstructed to feature new technology that focuses on enhancing forgiveness for better all round performance.

Compared with other women’s drivers, the weight of the SIM2 Max initially feels slightly heavier, but we were impressed at how the weight through impact gave us the stability and confidence to swing aggressively for high-launching drives and good distance. It was easily one of the best women's golf drivers we've tried in a while, but a good custom fit is needed to make sure you get the right set up for your game. 

How We Test

When it comes to product testing, our reviews and buyers' guides are built upon a rigorous testing procedure as well as the knowledge and experience of the test team. Headed up by technical editor Joel Tadman, and assisted by Neil Tappin, both have been testing golf clubs for years and both play to a handicap of 5. Both are also able to efficiently test the vast majority of the biggest product releases and convey the pros and cons eloquently.

Getting into specifics for drivers, we first attend product launches and speak to manufacturers to understand the technology. We then hit the golf clubs indoors, usually at Foresight Sports and test the products with premium golf balls on a launch monitor.

Outdoor testing is the next port of call and this usually takes place at West Hill Golf Club, a course in Surrey with top-notch practice facilities. Ultimately, we aim to be as insightful and honest as possible in our reviews so it is important to acknowledge that no manufacturer can buy a good review. This is because our team tells it how it is.

What to consider when buying a new golf driver

You've probably already asked yourself whether you need to buy a new driver in 2022, but there's a few key things to consider when investing in a new driver, especially one that can help with your slice. Hopefully answering these questions will narrow your search down slightly and make comparing between various models much easier. 

When purchasing a new big stick, it is crucial to ask yourself just what you need from it. Is distance your main priority or are you looking for something to help you find more fairways? We'd always recommend a custom fitting with a PGA Pro but if you know what you're looking for you can make an informed decision.

FAQs

Which TaylorMade driver is most forgiving?

In the current range the TaylorMade Stealth HD is the most forgiving driver. In the SIM2 range, its the SIM2 Max driver.

Is at 10.5 degree driver more forgiving?

It depends what loft you're comparing it to. Normally, the more loft on the driver the more forgiving it is. Most of the best TaylorMade drivers are available in a 12 degree head if you want maximum forgiveness. They are all also full adjustable for loft, so you can tweak the loft if you need.

Joel Tadman
Joel Tadman

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.


During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor. 


One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 4.7.


Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and 58° 

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x