TaylorMade SIM DHY Utility Iron Review

Neil Tappin puts a new club to the test in this TaylorMade SIM DHY utility iron review

TaylorMade SIM DHY Utility Iron Review
Golf Monthly Verdict

For those who prefer long irons to hybrids and struggle to launch their woods, the TaylorMade SIM DHY is a forgiving utility iron that offers a great alternative to use from the tee or the fairway.

Reasons to buy
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    Inspires confidence at address and easy to launch high making it a great long-iron alternative off the deck and off the tee.

Reasons to avoid
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    Could be a little bulky for low-handicap golfers. Struggles to maintain distance into the wind.

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Neil Tappin puts a new club to the test in this TaylorMade SIM DHY utility iron review

TaylorMade SIM DHY Utility Iron Review

Back in 2018, TaylorMade (opens in new tab) launched its GAPR range designed to offer golfers more options to bridge the gap between their fairway woods and irons. Now, along with the SIM UDI and P790 UDI utilities, TaylorMade has released a new SIM DHY utility iron to replace the GAPR products and refine the concept.

Related: TaylorMade SIM Drivers Review (opens in new tab)

A club like this is aimed at players who prefer utility irons to hybrids but want as much modern playability as they can get.

The SIM DHY utility has a hollow head which is designed to boost distance and forgiveness and has also been filled with Speed Foam to dampen vibrations, providing the sort of smooth and powerful feel that golfers crave through impact.

The SIM DHY (left) features a thicker topline and more offset than the SIM UDI

Compared to the SIM UDI, the SIM DHY utility has a slightly thicker topline and more offset, which makes it a more confidence-inspiring package for those in search of extra assistance at the top end of the bag.

Despite this, the clean lines ensure it has a sleek appearance behind the ball and it definitely represents a significant improvement over the GAPR in this regard.

We tested both the SIM DHY and SIM UDI irons at the Foresight Sports headquarters using the GCQuad launch monitor to compare the performance and what stands out from the SIM DHY utility is the increased launch and peak height on offer in like for like static lofts.

TaylorMade SIM DHY Utility Iron

As shown, the distance and spin numbers were fairly similar, so this is where personal preferences come into play. Despite being bigger, the SIM DHY is still a great-looking club and the higher flight makes it a great option off the deck when hitting into greens as well as off the tee.

Overall, it’s an excellent addition to the TaylorMade SIM family and has recently been joined by two new SIM2 Rescue clubs, giving golfers even more choice.

Neil Tappin
Digital Editor

In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."

Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X