A great all-rounder hybrid club from TaylorMade that will suit pretty much any ability of golfer. Thanks to a vast amount of loft options available, a good custom fit should see this club fit nicely at the top or mid-part of any golfer's bag.
Excellent, consistent distance
Impressive forgiveness across the face
Fantastic all-round performance
Minimal gains over previous model
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TaylorMade SIM2 Max Rescue Review
TaylorMade have two offerings this year when it comes to hybrid clubs - the SIM2 Rescue and SIM2 Max Rescue. Both are ranked amongst the best golf hybrid clubs on the market, with the SIM2 Rescue aimed at the better player who puts a premium on precision and workability within their hybrid clubs.
The model we are focusing on though is the SIM2 Max, which is aimed at the opposite end of the spectrum, providing a mixture of distance and forgiveness that should fit soundly in an average golfer's bag. To easily differentiate the two, the SIM2 Max is longer and more forgiving than its sibling.
So, what is the main difference between the two models? Well, if it's pure distance you are after from your hybrid clubs, it is hard to look past the TaylorMade SIM2 Max Rescue - a hybrid club built to go far and be as forgiving as possible for a wide range of golfers.
The impressive distance this club provides is thanks to TaylorMade's Speed Pocket, which sits just behind the face to increase face flexibility and increase ball speeds across the entire face, not just in the sweet spot.
This technology works alongside TaylorMade's Twist Face to provide serious forgiveness, ideal for more inconsistent golfers who may struggle to hit the ball near the centre every time.
During our testing, we could certainly feel all of this technology at work, with its overall average carry yardage of 220 yards sitting just one yard behind the longest hybrid we tested on the day.
As for off centre hits, the drop off in distance was not too significant from when we hit it out of the screws, which was what impressed us the most about this club. What's more, toe and heel strikes didn't draw or fade too much and strikes just off the centre didn't drop off dramatically in yardage. This meant you can be pretty sure of your distance with this club, even if you're not as consistent as some.
There is real scope to use the SIM2 Max as a replacement for a fairway wood if you find hybrid clubs easier to hit and, with lofts ranging from 18° all the way to 31°, we can see this club being used in pretty much any part of the bag you see fit.
The V-Steel sole also adds to the overall forgiveness of the SIM2 Max rescue, and we found turf interaction out of the rough was smooth and quick, giving us confidence to hit this club even out of some suspect lies.
With its impressive versatility, the combination of distance and forgiveness is one we think will suit pretty much any standard of golfer or swing speed.
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Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.
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 86 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 3.2.
Joel's current What's In The Bag?
Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9°
Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15°
Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18°
Irons: Ping i230 4-UW
Putter: Evnroll ER2V
Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x
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