The two new TaylorMade SIM Utility irons unveiled called UDI and DHY come in two distinct shapes offering different types of performance
TaylorMade SIM Utility Irons Unveiled
Set to replace the GAPR range, TaylorMade has revealed its new SIM UDI and DHY utility irons.
Sitting alongside the SIM Rescue, which has found its way into a surprising number of tour player bags including Dustin Johnson, the SIM utilities provide golfers with new options in this critical part of the bag between the longest playable iron and shortest fairway wood.
The SIM DHY is a driving hybrid that offers a larger overall footprint with a thicker top line, wider sole and a shallower profile that delivers hybrid-like forgiveness. The larger head shape is designed to inspire confidenceand it should produce a mid-high trajectory.
Conversely the SIM UDI (utimate driving iron) has a more traditional players iron profile with a thinner top line and slimmer sole for enhanced workability and shot making.
Both clubs also benefit from a newly developed SpeedFoam material that is 35 per cent less dense than the standard urethane foam injection used in other TaylorMade products like the P790 and new P770 iron.
The lighter material positions the CG lower within the clubhead to promote a higher launch and trajectory while promoting a soft, solid feel. Adding to the low-CG properties is a port on the sole of the club where the SpeedFoam is injected. The port is filled with a heavy TPS screw that drives CG even lower.
The TPS weight port is positioned on the rear of the club in SIM UDI rather than on the sole like it is on DHY. This raises the CG slightly to promote a lower launch and more penetrating ball flight.
Drawing inspiration from the V Steel construction of SIM Max Rescue, both UDI and DHY feature a rounded camber from heel to toe that improves turf interaction, particularly on uneven lies, to enhance versatility.Both models boast a hollow body construction with a forged C300 steel face, which is the same material used in SIM Max fairway woods and Rescue. This ultra-strong steel helps produce faster ball speeds while also delivering a forged feel.
While the TaylorMade GAPR utility irons featured an adjustable Loft Sleeve, feedback from expert club fitters revealed a preference for traditionally bonded hosels in the SIM UDI and DHY to better allow fitters to bend for precise loft and lie configurations (+/- 2°).
Both the SIM UDI and SIM DHY will be on sale Spet 4th with an RRP of £229. The UDI is equipped with the Mitsubishi Diamana Thump shaft and is available in lofts of 18° and 20° in both RH and LH. The DHY comes in the Mitsubishi Diamana Limited shaft in lofts of 17°, 19°, 22° and 25° in both RH and LH.
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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 3.3.
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Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-7 iron, TaylorMade P7MC 8-PW
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x
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