The TaylorMade SIM UDI utility iron looks great behind the ball and is ideal for golfers in need of a low, penetrating alternative off the tee.
Looks very sleek behind the ball and delivers powerful ball flights. Offers another option at the top end of the bag, especially off the tee.
A little one-dimensional and could have limited appeal to the handicap golfer.
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TaylorMade SIM UDI Utility Iron Review - Neil Tappin puts this new offering to the test out on the golf course
TaylorMade SIM UDI Utility Iron Review
Building on the success of the GAPR range, TaylorMade has launched the SIM UDI utility iron, designed to fill the slot between fairway woods and long irons.
While it looks more like an iron, with its hollow head and specifically placed SpeedFoam, this club offers the sort of performance you’d expect from a strong-lofted hybrid, which is what makes it such an appealing product.
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In comparison to the other new TaylorMade utility iron, the SIM DHY, this club has a thinner sole and less offset as it is designed to produce a more penetrating ball flight. Additionally, it is also worth saying that the SpeedFoam used in the SIM UDI is a higher density version to further promote this lower trajectory.
At address, the SIM UDI in particular looks like a player’s club and TaylorMade has to be applauded for the aesthetic upgrades it has been able to make compared to the previous generation.
But how did it perform?
We tested the SIM UDI on the Foresight Sports GCQuad launch monitor and straight away you can see that it comes out with a lower launch angle and therefore doesn’t reach the same peak height as the SIM DHY version.
Despite this, it offers almost identical distance so would be a great addition for anyone regularly battling the elements or for those who want an alternative off the tee given the stronger, more penetrating flight and additional run on landing.
Both clubs offer something different to further strengthen the SIM line-up. We’ve already seen a number of Tour pros experimenting with the hybrid, so don’t be surprised to see the UDI or DHY make an appearance soon.
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
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