Callaway Apex DCB Vs Taylormade Sim 2 Comparison And Review

The SIM line from Taylormade has been nothing over the years if not innovative. Taylormade has not been afraid to try new things and tweak what has already proven to be successful. Case in point: the Taylormade SIM2 irons.

We are going to be putting the Taylormade SIM2 irons up against the Callaway Apex DCB’s to help you decide which clubs would be more beneficial to your game.

Callaway Apex DCB Irons Overview

The Callaway Apex DCB irons are very different from the SIM2’s in the sense of construction and purpose.

Right away, we could tell that the Taylormade SIM2’s weren’t going to be able to hold a candle to the Callaway Apex DCB’s in terms of feel. That’s because the Callaway Apex DCB’s are forged from 1025 mild carbon steel.

This gives them a softer and more premium feel than the SIM2’s. However, the Callaway Apex DCB lacked the distance of the SIM2’s. Instead, Callaway focused on short game performance and forgiveness with these irons.

The forged construction gives you more control and feedback around the pin. This was helping us inform out shots and hold on to more greens. The Flash Face design was also helping with ball speed on shots that weren’t dead center.

And did we mention that 100% forged irons are cavity back irons? And not just any cavity back irons. The cavity is stupid deep. Not really something you seen in 100% forged irons often.

Taylormade SIM2 Irons Overview

Taylormade took the famous Speed Bridge and tweaked it for the new SIM2’s.

The new “cap back” design does away with the brace that connected the sole and crown. Instead, the polymer cap back connects the toe and heel for added stability, forgiveness and vibration dampening. The Speed Pocket is still intact though.

The Speed Pocket is essentially a cavity that reduces mass in the face so that it hinges and flexes more. This is essentially what made the SIM2 irons play about 4 yards longer than the Callaway Apex DCB’s.

For players who hit their irons near the toe, the Inverted Cone sweet spot placement of these irons will also be helpful.

We would say that the SIM2’s were slightly more forgiving than the Callaway Apex DCB’s. They also played longer. Still, the Callaway Apex DCB’s were better to have when it came time to score.

Callaway Apex DCB Irons

Category: Game Improvement Irons

Sim 2 Max Irons

Category – Distance/ Game Improvement Irons

Callaway Apex DCB First Impressions


We knew that the Callaway Apex DCB irons targeted mid to high handicappers but they don’t feel like it.

Right from the gate, we were blown away with the feel of these irons. The feel of the forged 1025 carbon steel is amazing. It allows for a solid feel at contact with feedback you would expect from tour-grade irons.

Assisting with the soft feel of these irons is the layer of urethane microspheres included in the head. We also liked that the sole had a substantial footprint.

This will play well with high handicappers at it just looks more comforting at point of address.

The Callaway Apex DCB irons are available with graphite UST Mamiya Recoil Dart shafts and steel True Temper Elevate ETS 85 shafts.

The graphite shafts will certainly be more beneficial for high handicap players so those were the ones we tested.

The 4 and 5 irons are what we tested first and we were impressed with the distance and launch. The set starts with a 4 iron at a considerable 20 degrees of loft then jumps up to 23 degrees in the 5 iron.

The Callaway Apex DCB irons certainly impressed with their feel, distance and launch.

Sim 2 Irons – First Impressions

Immediately noticeable on these irons is that they look pretty similar to the Sim Max irons but the Cap Back technology does stand out as being more solid.

We weren’t expected much difference in performance either and turned out to be true as well, the Sim 2 Max are slightly longer and lower launching than their predecessor which shows an incremental improvement but nothing overly major to write home about.

The echo dampener and cap back does make these irons feel a good bit smoother in the shorter irons and you can really get a good command of the ball with the forged feeling face.

Thru slot and ICT technology ensure the sweet spot is large and playable and that is another feature that we enjoyed about these clubs.

Overall the clubs do mark an improvement over the Sim Max in terms of distance, feel and control and we recommend giving these clubs a shot before committing to a purchase, because the Sim Max are still competitive and may be available for a keener price.

Callaway Apex DCB Selling Points

  • They feel amazing
  • They have a larger head shape than any other Apex iron
  • Good amount of offset for beginners and mid handicappers
  • Good for both mid and high handicappers
  • 50 grams of internal tungsten weighting in the long irons
  • Forged design

Taylormade Sim 2 Max Irons – Selling Points

  • Artificial Intelligence Used In Weight Placement
  • Massive Sweet Spot
  • Cap Back Is Excellent For Feel
  • Echo Dampener Increases Consistency
  • Straight Biased shots without much offset
  • Some Of The Leading Irons On The Market

Who are the Callaway Apex DCB Irons For?


The Callaway Apex DCB irons were designed for players with a handicap of 10 and higher.

The Callaway Apex DCB irons clearly have something to offer both mid and high handicap players. However, for high handicap players, the DCB’s will mostly be beneficial for distance, feel and launch. They don’t offer much help with off-center shots.

The Callaway Apex DCB irons could certainly stand to be a little more forgiving but they would still be a solid choice for beginners ready to break through to the mid handicap range.

Callaway Apex DCB Final Assessment

Distance: 94/100

Accuracy: 95/100

Forgiveness: 92/100

Feel and Control: 93/100

Overall Score: 94/100

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Who Are The Sim 2 Irons For

Because these irons offer so much, literally any golfer can get good performance from them although they are going to be a perfect fit for Beginners, High Handicappers and Mid Handicappers.

Lower handicap players and pros might look to the consistency and enhanced workability of some players irons but these are still going to be easily usable by any player.

Taylormade Sim 2 Family Of Irons

The Sim 2 Max also comes in the Sim 2 Max OS which is more forgiving and has a higher loft.

The Sim 2 follows on from the Sim Irons and offers slight improves in all aspects of the game.

Distance: 96/100

Accuracy: 95/100

Forgiveness: 94/100

Feel And Control: 92/100

Overall Score: 96/100

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