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Full details of the TaylorMade SIM changes made by Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm, Matthew Wolff, and Collin Morikawa at the Sentry TOC



Earlier this week, GolfWRX Editor-in-Chief Ben Alberstadt reported the news of Dustin Johnson and Matthew Wolff being equipped at this week’s Sentry Tournament of Champions with the all-new TaylorMade SIM drivers which hit the USGA conforming list on Monday.

Ahead of round one at this week’s event, the company divulged further details on the new SIM additions in Johnson and Wolff’s bag as well as fellow TaylorMade golfer’s Jon Rahm and Collin Morikawa—including background behind the choices each man had made.

Dustin Johnson

As previously reported, during round one in Hawaii, Johnson played a 10.5-degree TaylorMade SIM Max driver with a 45″ Fujikura Ventus 6X shaft. According to TaylorMade representatives, Johnson has been extremely impressed with the consistency in spin rates, ball flight, as well as the extra head speed of the driver during testing.

The 35-year-old is also using a 15-degree SIM Max 3-wood with a 42″, 95-gram Project X HZRDUS Black shaft this week. Per the brand, Johnson made the decision due to the extra spin allowing him to carry 280-yards with the club, with the SIM Titanium 3-wood having too much ball speed, causing Johnson to carry the club too far.

Rounding out the SIM additions in Johnson’s bag this week is a 22-degree SIM Max Rescue club with a HZRDUS 105 Hybrid shaft.  According to TM, Johnson has been mightily impressed with its consistent 255-260 yard carry as well it being an anti-left rescue club for the 2016-U.S. Open Champion. As a side note, Thursday’s opening round was Johnson’s first-ever competitive round in his life playing a rescue club.

Johnson is also using the brand’s 60 and 54-degree new MG2 chrome wedges and per sources, the American loves the raw faces on the wedges. Johnson is also playing a Spider X Copper putter in Kapalua this week.

Matthew Wolff

Matthew Wolff got his year underway on Thursday at the Sentry TOC, and he did so using a 9-degree TaylorMade SIM driver with a Graphite Design Tour AD TP 7 TX shaft, as well as a 15-degree SIM Titanium 3-wood with a new Graphite Design Tour AD XC 8 TX shaft.

According to TM representatives, Wolff feels that the driver is more consistent and forgiving than what he had previously been using, and stated that he loves the “flight and spin this week with the hard winds.”

With the 3-wood, Wolff claims that the clubs offer him more versatility with shots, calling it the “the best 3-wood I’ve ever hit” as well as it giving the 20-year-old “incredible confidence looking down at the shape” of the club.

Jon Rahm

The Spaniard began his 2020 with a 10.5-degree TaylorMade SIM driver with the same 75-gram, 45″ Aldila shaft he’s played in recent years. Per company sources, increased ball speed and distance with the club saw him choose it over the M5.

Rahm is also using 15-degree SIM Titanium 3-wood at 16.5 degrees, as well as a SIM Titanium 5-wood, both set to launch higher. According to TM, Rahm made the adjustments due to faster and longer results, and that the 25-year-old loves the shape and look of his new SIM Titanium woods.

Rahm is also playing a 50-degree new MG2 SB wedge with fresh grooves to start the year.

Collin Morikawa

The Californian has begun his year with a TaylorMade SIM driver with the head adjusted two notches higher, with a Mitsubishi Tensei White 70 TX shaft. Per TM, Morikawa has seen a 1-2 mph increase in ball speed with this set-up and has found his new driver easier to control, with the spin in an excellent window for his preferred fade shot.

Morikawa is also using a 15-degree TaylorMade SIM Titanium 3-wood with an MRC D+ 80 TX shaft, which according to the company, has given the 22-year-old a higher launch and 10 yards more carry on average than he previously had.

Morikawa is also using a TP Soto putter as well as a TP5 golf ball this week in Hawaii.

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Gianni is a freelance writer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts as well as a Diploma in Sports Journalism. He can be contacted at Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito



  1. Jack

    Jan 21, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Testing has shown the SIM is shorter than most for non tour swings… this is a low sping how swing speed club.

  2. Shane

    Jan 4, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Length on Matt and Collin’s metals? Also Jon’s length?

  3. gunmetal

    Jan 4, 2020 at 11:37 am

    Everything is awesomer about SIM than M5. Really. It is. More everything. It’s got magic sauce.

  4. matt

    Jan 4, 2020 at 6:48 am

    Astronomical, stupendous & lovely was overheard on the range. These are the best golfers in the world results would be the same if they used a driver from 5 years ago.

  5. Com’on Man!

    Jan 3, 2020 at 5:14 pm

    This whole article sounds like one giant ad for TM….
    “According to TM reps so and so LOVES this new club”
    “Per TM reps Johnson was hitting the other SIM 3 wood too far!!” And certainly the best of them all “Johnson is really happy with the extra club head speed he gets with the new SIM driver”. REALLY????? SMDH This has to be one of the worst articles on all of the internet. The crazy thing is people getting paid for this…

  6. joshua jackso

    Jan 3, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    From what I saw of DJ’s drives this thing will be perfect for those that need help getting it to go left. Way left.

  7. Bradley

    Jan 3, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    This new driver is so exciting. Is it and the shaft made in China?? So it will retail for around $199, right?

  8. Rich Douglas

    Jan 3, 2020 at 10:53 am

    The real thing to note here isn’t the TM club–who cares anymore? It’s that all of these guys play a driver shaft shorter than what is sold off-the-shelf to consumers. If these guys can’t control a 45.5″ driver, why do you think you can?

    • HatlessHarold

      Jan 3, 2020 at 11:22 am

      I mean look at Rahm my man takes a 3/4 swing with a 45″ driver and yesterday was at least when I was watching producing high 170 mph ball speeds

    • Brent Blackburn

      Jan 3, 2020 at 11:30 am

      Agree 100%. It infuriates me how all the new drivers are 46 inches off the rack and I have to do all this lead taping and balancing once I cut my driver down to 43″. I laugh when they talk about forgiveness for off-center hits and accuracy…another way to cut down on off-center hits is to shorten what is becoming an absurdly long club, especially for players under 6 ft tall.

      • Prime21

        Jan 3, 2020 at 6:11 pm

        Or……you could have it custom made to spec instead of being CHEAP.

  9. Adam

    Jan 3, 2020 at 10:40 am

    TM staffers always sound like hostages when they’re promoting new clubs

  10. Josh

    Jan 3, 2020 at 10:02 am

    I don’t think it’s Dustin Johnson’s first time ever playing a rescue. When he first came out, he played a rescue. The most recent time he played a rescue was in 2009 when he played the Taylormade Rescue TP.

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Whats in the Bag

Dustin Johnson WITB 2020



Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 @ 10 degrees, D4 swing weight)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X (tipped 1 inch, 45.75 inches)

Fairway wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila RIP Alpha 90 X

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue (22 @ 19 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Black 105 X

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), TaylorMade P730 DJ Proto (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (soft stepped)

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52-09, 60-10 @ 62 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Tour Custom Black 120 S

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Mini
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Pistol GT 1.0

Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58R (1 wrap 2-way tape + 2 wraps left hand, 3 right hand)

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Top 10 clubs of 2003—inspired by Adam Scott’s Titleist 680 irons



As has been well documented, Adam Scott recently won the Genesis Invitational with a set of Titleist 680 blade irons, a design that was originally released in 2003. One of the great benefits of being one of the best players in the world is you don’t need to search eBay to find your preferred set of 17-year-old irons. Titleist has been stocking sets for Mr. Scott—even to the point of doing a limited production run in 2018 where they then released 400 sets for sale to the general public.

A lot of time has passed since 2003, and considering the classic nature of Scott’s Titleist 680, I figured now was a good time to look back at some other iconic clubs released around the same time.

Ping G2 driver

This was Ping’s first 460cc driver with a full shift into titanium head design. The previous Si3 models still utilized the TPU adjustable hosel, and this was considered a big step forward for the Phoenix-based OEM. The driver was a big hit both on tour and at retail—as was the rest of the G2 line that included irons.

TaylorMade RAC LT (first gen) irons

The RAC LTs helped position TaylorMade back among the leaders in the better players iron category. The entire RAC (Relative Amplitude Coefficient) line was built around creating great feeling products that also provided the right amount of forgiveness for the target player. It also included an over-sized iron too. The RAC LT went on to have a second-generation version, but the original LTs are worthy of “classic” status.

TaylorMade R580 XD driver

Honestly, how could we not mention the TaylorMade R580 XD driver? TM took some of the most popular drivers in golf, the R500 series and added extra distance (XD). OK, that might be an oversimplification of what the XD series offered, but with improved shape, increased ball speed outside of the sweet spot, and lower spin, it’s no wonder you can still find these drivers in the bags of golfers at courses and driving ranges everywhere.

Titleist 680MB irons

The great thing about blades is that beyond changing sole designs and shifting the center of gravity, the basic design for a one-piece forged head hasn’t changed that much. For Adam Scott, the 680s are the perfect blend of compact shape, higher CG, and sole profile.

Titleist 983K, E drivers

If you were a “Titleist player,” you had one of these drivers! As one of the last companies to move into the 460cc category, the 983s offered a classic pear shape in a smaller profile. It was so good and so popular, it was considered the benchmark for Titleist drivers for close to the next decade.

Cleveland Launcher 330 driver

It wasn’t that long ago that OEMs were just trying to push driver head size over 300cc, and Cleveland’s first big entry into the category was the Launcher Titanium 330 driver. It didn’t live a long life, but the Launcher 330 was the grandaddy to the Launcher 400, 460, and eventually, the Launcher COMP, which is another club on this list that many golfers will still have fond memories about.

Mizuno MP 33 irons

Although released in the fall of 2002, the Mizuno MP 33 still makes the list because of its staying power. Much like the Titleist 680, this curved muscle blade was a favorite to many tour players, including future world No. 1 Luke Donald. The MP 33 stayed in Mizuno’s lineup for more than four years and was still available for custom orders years after that. Unfortunately, if you are looking for a set now you are going to have to go the used route.

Callaway X-16 irons

The Steelhead X-16 was a big hit at retail for Callaway. It offered greater forgiveness than the previous X-14’s but had a more compact shape with a wider topline to inspire confidence. They featured Callaway’s “Notch” weighting system that moved more mass to the perimeter of the head for higher MOI and improved feel. There was a reduced offset pro series version of the iron, but the X-16 was the one more players gravitated towards. This is another game improvement club for that era that can still be found in a lot of golf bags.

Ben Hogan CFT irons

The Hogan CFTs were at the forefront of multi-material iron technology in 2003. CFT stood for Compression Forged Titanium and allowed engineers to push more mass to the perimeter of the head to boost MOI by using a thin titanium face insert. They had what would be considered stronger lofts at the time sounded really powerful thanks to the thin face insert. If you are looking for a value set of used irons, this is still a great place to start.

King Cobra SZ driver

In 2003, Rickie Fowler was only 15 years old and Cobra was still living under the Acushnet umbrella as Titleist’s game improvement little brother. The Cobra SZ (Sweet Zone, NOT 2020 Speed Zone) was offered in a couple of head sizes to appeal to different players. The thing I will always remember about the original King Cobra SZ is that it came in an offset version to help golfers who generally slice the ball—a design trait that we still see around today.

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Today from the Forums: “The importance of wedge fitting”



Today from the Forums we delve into a subject dedicated to wedge fitting. Liquid_A_45 wants to know if wedge fitting is as essential for golfers as iron fitting, and our members weigh into the discussion saying why they feel it is just as imperative.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Z1ggy16: “Super important if you’re a serious golfer. Even better if you can get fit outdoors on real grass and even go into a bunker.”
  • ThunderBuzzworth: “The biggest part of wedge fitting is yardage gapping and sole grinds. If you have a grind that doesn’t interact with the turf in your favor, it can be nightmarish around the greens. When hitting them try a variety of short game shots with different face angles etc. with the different grinds to see which one works best for what you need.”
  • Hawkeye77: “Wedge fitting I had was extremely beneficial when I got my SM6s a few years ago. Mostly for working with the different grinds and how they interacted with my swing and on different shots and having an eye on my swing to help with the process and evaluate the results. My ideas of what grinds were right for me based on researching on Titleist, etc. just were not correct in 2/3 of the wedges I ended up with as far as the grinds were concerned. Good to have an experienced fitter available to answer questions, control variables, etc.”
  • cgasucks: “The better you get at this game, the more important wedges are.”

Entire Thread: “The importance of wedge fitting”

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