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2021 TaylorMade SIM2 fairway woods and hybrids: Building on a winning platform

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When it came to fairway woods in 2020, the TaylorMade SIM line was top of its class in ball speed, spin control, and distance. For 2021, TaylorMade engineers are upping their game and the SIM fairway wood platform with the launch of the TaylorMade SIM2, SIM2 Max, and SIM2 Max D (for draw) fairway woods. Each is designed to improve consistency, turf interaction, forgiveness, and reshape what is possible with each model in the line.

2021 TaylorMade SIM2 fairway woods

“In the world of golf club engineering, we fight for millimeters because those small changes can lead to big results. With the SIM2 Titanium fairway, we repositioned CG a mere 12.1mm from the ground. That delivers a CG projection that’s absolute center face along with increased MOI for more forgiveness compared to last year’s model. We’ve gone lower across the entire line of 2021 fairways, so golfers can go even higher.” – Tomo Bystedt, TaylorMade’s Senior Director of Product Creation

What’s new, and what you need to know

2021 TaylorMade SIM2 fairway wood models

  • The SIM fairway woods reintroduced TaylorMade’s popular V Steel sole, and with the SIM2 Max and Max D models, TM has increased the heel and toe relief to improve turf interaction and versatility.

Lightweight carbon composite crown

  • Improved construction and new head sizes. The SIM2 Titanium has a reconfigured heavy steel soleplate to go along with its 10cc smaller size to move the center of gravity farther back in the head to increase MOI. The Max and Max D models have also gotten larger to improve forgiveness.

What’s the same, and how has it gotten better

SIM2 Max fairway wood – Twist Face

Twist Face technology: Since it was brought from the driver to the M5 and M6 fairway woods, this redesigned bulge and roll profile helps keep shots missed around the face stay online while also normalizing spin. You could make the argument that having this technology in fairway woods is even more beneficial than a driver since many golfers miss lower on the face, which is where this technology shines.

Three models: The SIM2 fairway wood family features three distinct models to help golfers find the right performing club for them, and the designers have reconfigured the head shapes and sizes to create more separation between the model performance variables.

Improved V Steel sole

Improved V Steel: The TaylorMade V Steel sole is an iconic design, and for the new 2021 SIM Max and Max D models, the V Steel shape is now defined by a dual step to improve the club’s performance on shots hit off the deck.

The 2021 TaylorMade SIM2 fairway wood models

TaylorMade is doing everything it can to eliminate any confusion when it comes to differentiating the SIM2 fairway models, so let’s break down the players each one is intended for.

2021 TaylorMade SIM2 Titanium

2021 TaylorMade SIM2 Titanium

For anyone that either already plays or has tested the SIM Titanium, the consensus is it’s a powerhouse, but with one small caveat: it can be a little low launching off the deck. For higher spin players, this was fantastic, but for those who wanted the adjustability, it meant having to make some, well, adjustments.

SIM2 Titanium from address

The new SIM2 Titanium comes in at 170cc, 10cc smaller than the 2020 version. It has also been reshaped from address to offer a more “tour inspired” look, and to instill confidence for those shots off the fairway.

Improved 80-gram soleplate of 2021 SIM2

The impressive thing about this new fairway wood is even in a smaller size it offers a five-percent higher MOI thanks in part to the reconfigured 80-gram steel soleplate, ZaTech titanium face and body—along with the carbon crown.

SIM2 Titanium club face

  • The SIM2 Titanium will be available right and left-handed in 15 and 19 degrees with a 13.5-degree “Rocket” head available in right hand only.
  • The stock shafts are the Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Blue FW 65 and 75.

2021 TaylorMade SIM2 Max

SIM2 Max 3-wood sole

Unlike the SIM2 Titanium, the SIM2 Max fairway has gotten bigger and now comes in at 190cc head in the 3-wood (compared to 185 in the 2020 version) to increase forgiveness, and although the head has gotten larger, it is still easy to elevate from tighter lies with the help of the newly redesigned two-step V Steel sole.

2021 Sim2 Max from address

  • The SIM2 Max will be available in right and left-handed in lofts of 15, 18, 21 degrees, plus a new-for-2021 16.5-degree 3LH aka a 4-wood with an additional 24-degree head available in right-hand only.
  • The stock shafts are the Fujikura Ventus Blue FW 6 and 5.
  • There will also be women’s stock offerings that include the Aldila NV Ladies shaft and the Lamkin Ladies Sonar grip in the lofts of 16.5, 18, 21, and 24 degrees.

TaylorMade SIM2 Max D

2021 SIM2 Max D (draw)

The unofficial motto of the SIM2 Max D should be “go big or go home.” It offers the largest head size at 195cc (in the 3-wood) and also has the largest face area to help those golfers who miss a bit more than they would like to admit.

SIM2 Max D has the largest clubface in the line.

TaylorMade’s testing has shown there is a strong correlation between handicap and golfers who tend to fade the ball, which is why the draw-biased Max D is the most forgiving of the available models.

SIM2 Max D from address

  • The SIM2 Max D will be available in right and left-handed in the lofts of 16 and 19 degree, with a 22-degree head available in right hand only.
  • The stock shaft for the SIM2 Max D fairway is the same as the Max D driver: the Fujikura Air Speeder 45
  • There will also be women’s stock offerings that include the Aldila NV Ladies shaft and the Lamkin Ladies Sonar grip in the lofts 16, 19, and 22 degrees

TaylorMade 2021 SIM2 Rescue hybrids

2021 TaylorMade SIM2 Rescue

To say the SIM Max Rescue was a success would be underselling how well it did both on the PGA Tour and with regular golfers. We even did a story on it: The inside story of the surprise popularity of the TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue on tour.

To build on that success, TaylorMade has improved the original Max rescue and are also introducing an all-new model geared towards higher swing speed players looking for a hybrid that offers adjustability and workability with the 2021 (non-MAX) SIM Rescue, thanks to input from its tour staff, including Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson.

The 2021 TaylorMade SIM2 rescue models

2021 SIM2 Rescue sole

2021 TaylorMade SIM2 Rescue

2021 TaylorMade SIM2 sole and Speed Pocket

The SIM2 Rescue draws a lot of inspiration from previous TaylorMade and (some Adams) generation hybrids, including the popular ’09 Rescue TP—except with a whole lot more technology!

2009 TaylorMade TP Rescue club

The profile is compact with a higher squared-off toe to have a more “iron-like” appearance from address to help golfers find the perfect transition club from long irons to fairway woods.

SIM2 Rescue from address

The leading edge is cambered and blunted compared to the Max version for golfers who hit down on the ball and offers more familiar technology including the Speed Pocket, Twist Face, FCT adjustable hosel, and TPS weighting for swing weight adjustability through custom.

2021 SIM2 Rescue V Steel sole

  • The SIM2 Rescue will be available right and left-handed in lofts of 19.5 and 22 degrees with a 17-degree head available in right hand only.
  • The stock shaft is the Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Blue HY 70 and 80g

2021 TaylorMade SIM2 Max Rescue

2021 SIM2 Max rescue

The new SIM2 Max hybrid brings everything you loved from the previous version with a newly refined sole geometry to increase forgiveness and deliver more consistent results.

SIM2 Max Rescue from address

The SIM2 Max Rescue has a C300 maraging steel face and comes with the now-familiar Twist Face, which only became a feature in the Rescue line last year.

SIM2 Max Rescue – Twist Face

  • The SIM2 Max will be available in right and left-handed in the loft 19, 22, and 25 degrees with 28 and 31-degree heads available in right hand only.
  • The stock shafts are the Fujikura Ventus Blue (hybrid) in 5, 6, 7.
  • There will also be stock women’s options with the SIM2 Max hybrids that include the Aldila NV Ladies shaft and the Lamkin Ladies Sonar grip in the 22, 25, 28, and 31-degree lofts.

Pricing, and availability

The new SIM2 fairway woods and hybrids will be available at retail at the same time as the new drivers: February 19.

SIM2 Rescue head cover.

The SIM2 Titanium fairway will be priced at $399 while the SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max D models priced at $299.

The new SIM2 Rescue will be priced at $279. The SIM2 2 Max Rescue will be $249.

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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Bettinardi unveils limited Wall St. Fat Cat putter and new ‘To the Mooon!’ headcovers

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Bettinardi has unveiled its latest Hive release: its Limited 1/5 QB6 Wall St. Gangster Fat Cat Putter and its ‘To The Mooon!’ Betti Boy headcovers.

The Wall St. Gangster Fat Cat putter features a completely hand stamped checker pattern across the shoulder and bumpers and intricately engraved T-Hive money bags and gold coins across the Micro-honeycomb face milling.

The flat-stick’s sole features a Wall Street Poison Gangster Fat Cat over a stock graph pattern, smoking a cigar, and the flat-stick is completed with a two-tone gold flame and Tour blast finish.

The limited one of five putter comes equipped with a special, rare tonal red Wall St. Gangster Fat Cat headcover made for this putter only and is paired with an exotic leather Gripmaster grip.

The ‘To The Moon’ Betti Boy headcover is the latest over from Bettinardi and features the Betti Boy riding the rocket to the moon stitched stitch across the front. The saying ‘To the Moon’ is on one side of the cover, with the moon stitched in glow-in-the-dark thread with stars across the cover.

The Limited 1/5 QB6 Wall St. Gangster Fat Cat Putter is available in The Hive today at 8 AM CT, while the Betti Boy headcovers drop today at 10 AM CT.

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WITB GolfWRX Members Edition: FlopShotGang

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Recently we put out the call for our members to submit their WITBs in our forum to be featured on the GolfWRX front page. Since then, our members have been responding in numbers!

Now it’s time to take a look at the bag of FlopShotGang.

*Full details on the submission process can be found here, and you can submit your WITB in this forum thread.*

Member: FlopShotGang

FlopShotGang WITB

Driver: Ping G410 Max (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: HZRDUS Smoke 6.5 70g

3-wood: Ping G410 LST (15.5 degrees)
Shaft: Pro Launch 75 X

Irons: Mizuno MP 20 HMB (3,4), MMC (5-PW)
Shafts: Nippon Modus 120 stiff, Nippon Modus 120 X-stiff

Wedges: Ping Glide Forged (50 degrees) and Vokey SM8 (54-S and 62-M @ 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 (36 inches)

Putter: Ping Heppler Ketsch (35.5 inches)

Get submitting your WITB in our forum as we’ll be publishing more and more of them on our front page over the coming days and weeks.

Feel free to make it your own too by including some thoughts on your setup, your age, handicap, etc. Anything you feel is relevant!

Share your WITBs here.

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Pros are just like us: Putting practice at the 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational

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The great equalizer in the game of golf is putting, and just like every other golfer that plays the game, PGA Tour players are always working to improve their work with the flatstick.

Much like the short game, putting does not require brute strength and generally comes down to simple technique and repeatability. This week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, we spotted a lot of pros on the practice green working hard with all types of training aids trying to improve on just that.

Bryson’s GC Quad meases 400-yard drives and 3-foot putts.

Spieth is always grinding with his favorite Scotty Cameron.

You don’t get to be the 16th ranked player in the world like Matt Fitzpatrick without working hard on your putting.

Kevin Kisner spotted working on core stability

Shane Lowry using the popular “gate” drill

Ian Poulter has been recently searching for a putter—and that pile behind him indicates he’s still looking.

Poulter was even spotted checking in with others around the green

Jason Dufner using the “bellied wedge drill” to help level out his stroke and improve contact.

The Putting Arc is a classic training aid that we continue to see players utilize

The Pelz trainer continues to be one of the most popular tools on tour

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