Ping G425 Max Driver vs TaylorMade SIM2 Driver

We put two of the best drivers on the market up against one another in this head-to-head.

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We put two of the best drivers on the market up against one another in this head-to-head.

Ping G425 Max Driver vs TaylorMade SIM2 Driver

In this head-to-head match up, Joel Tadman puts Ping's G425 Max driver up against the TaylorMade SIM2 driver, two of the best golf drivers currently on the market.

Ping G425 Max Driver


RRP: £450
Shaft: Ping Tour 65S

TaylorMade SIM2 Driver


RRP: £449
Loft: 8.25°
Shaft: Aldila Rogue 110 MST 60S

Ping G425 Max Driver vs TaylorMade SIM2 Driver


The G425 Max is a little more rounded and stretched out than the TaylorMade SIM2. The turbulators have been softened but still frame the ball nicely however some golfers may want more alignment assistance.

The SIM2 looks more cutting edge, and the darker carbon fibre crown contrasts sharply with the white strip to highlight face angle. Those who adjust loft may not want to see an open or closed face though.

Ping G425 Max  - 8/10 TaylorMade SIM2 - 9/10


We found the G425 Max to be noticeably louder and more tinny than the SIM2 at impact, which not everyone will enjoy. It still feels incredibly solid from a wide area, boosting confidence over the ball.

Whereas the SIM2 made a much duller, more dense sound at impact, which we marginally preferred over the Ping. Sound and feel stayed consistent from the heel and toe, too – it’s very stable at impact.

Ping G425 Max  - 8/10 TaylorMade SIM2 - 9/10

Performance Averages

Ping G425 Max

  • Ball speed (mph): 158.1
  • Launch (degrees): 13.7
  • Spin (rpm): 2,445
  • Peak height (yards): 39
  • Carry (yards): 271

TaylorMade SIM2

  • Ball speed (mph): 157.8
  • Launch (degrees): 15
  • Spin (rpm): 2,147
  • Peak height (yards): 39
  • Carry (yards): 276

Ball Flight

While the spin hurt us in terms of overall distance with the Ping, it helped us with accuracy and meant that high toe strikes stayed in the air for longer. The distances were very consistent regardless of strike

The SIM2 was surprisingly high-launching, although a slightly lighter, softer shaft when testing contributed to this. Mishits held their line well and centred shots turned over gently as expected.

Ping G425 Max  - 9/10 TaylorMade SIM2 - 9/10


The G425 is arguably the most forgiving driver on the market this year. It’s incredibly user-friendly, with bad mishits often staying within the fairway when you think they’re destined for the rough.

The SIM2 is not quite as forgiving as the Ping but still a very playable driver, especially compared with last year’s SIM. It produced exceptional carry distance without sacrificing directional control.

Ping G425 Max  - 10/10 TaylorMade SIM2 - 9/10

Overall Appeal

We think the Ping G425 Max is a driver that will help you find more fairways with good distance, and moveable weight is on hand if you need it. The additional of Arccos shot tracking allows you to see your shot pattern which adds more value to the package.

In terms of this head-to-head, we got a bit more out of SIM2 and preferred the looks, sound and feel. There’s no moveable weight, but it’s nearly as playable as the Ping and will suit a mix of player types.

Ping G425 Max  - 9/10 TaylorMade SIM2 - 9/10

Ping G425 Max Driver

Total - 44/50

TaylorMade SIM2 Driver

Total - 45/50

Sam Tremlett
Senior Staff Writer

A golfer for most of his life, Sam is a Senior Staff Writer for Golf Monthly. 

Working with golf gear and equipment over the last six years, Sam has quickly built outstanding knowledge and expertise on golf products ranging from drivers, to balls, to shoes. 

He combines this knowledge with a passion for helping golfers get the best gear for them, and as such Sam manages a team of writers that look to deliver the most accurate and informative reviews and buying advice. This is so the reader can find exactly what they are looking for.

Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website, whilst he is also responsible for all content related to golf apparel. 

He also oversees all Tour player content as well so if you need to know what clubs Tiger or Rory has in play, Sam is the person to ask. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 

Sam's What's In The Bag: 

Driver: Titleist TS3 (9 degrees) 

Fairway Wood: Callaway Paradym (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees) 

Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚ 

Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom X 5.5 

Ball: Srixon Z-Star Diamond

Shoes: G/FORE Gallivanter/Nike Air Zoom Infinity NEXT%/Cuater The Ringer/adidas Tour 360 22