TaylorMade SIM UDI Utility Iron Review - Neil Tappin puts this new offering to the test out on the golf course

Product Overview

Overall rating:

TaylorMade SIM UDI Utility Iron

Pros:

  • 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.

Cons:

  • A little one-dimensional and could have limited appeal to the handicap golfer.

Product:

TaylorMade SIM UDI Utility Iron Review

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£229.00

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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.

The TaylorMade SIM UDI (right) has a thinner topline and less offset

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.

Verdict

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.