Callaway Apex DCB Vs Taylormade Sim Max Comparison And Review

Callaway and Taylormade are always top of the class when it comes to their irons for all levels of play.

The Sim range is a flag ship model from Taylormade with 3 versions to suit high to mid handicap players as well as beginners.

The Apex rand from Callaway also has three versions and the DCB is most forgiving. These irons are perfect for the improving high handicapper.

Callaway Apex DCB Irons Overview

The Apex DCB look to combine new technology for an iron that is long and forgiving but also feels great.

Recent advances in technology have allowed this to previously impossible mix to be achieved in one model.

To start the soles are thick which is condusive to a lot of distance, and the irons are quite long.

The cavity back is designed for a good amount of feel and workability from a cavity back design.

The forged face is carbon steel, light and promoting fast ball speeds and impact. It also gives the club a lot of feel too.

The Callaway Apex DCB irons are the most forgiving in the Apex series. They feature the widest sole width and pronounced offset.

Perimeter tungsten weighting stretches the sleek spot on these game changing irons.

Taylormade Sim Max Irons Overview

The Taylormade Sim Max are one of the most popular iron sets ever released by Taylormade.

Not just in numbers sold but also in the satisfaction of those who bought them.

The irons are quite forgiving for beginners and high handicappers but there that every golfer will be able to use effectively.

The Sim Max has the speed bridge along the back which holds the club together for stability and ball speed.

The Thick Soles are for distance and the speed pocket is low on the face for higher launching shots caught low on the face.

Tungsten perimeter weighting strecthes the sweet spot further as does the inverted cone technology resulting in very long and forgiving irons.

If you struggle with consistency as an improving player but still want to shape your shots, the Apex DCB is an excellent choice.

The Sim Max are perfect for beginners and high handicappers to take their game to the next level with distance and forgiveness.

Callaway Apex DCB Irons

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Taylormade Sim Max Irons

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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.

Taylormade Sim Max – First Impressions

The first thing to notice about these Irons is the striking looks. The clubs have a cavity back design with more thickness towards the bottom of the design for more ball speed.

In the clubs we have a low Center of Gravity, a wide sole for a bigger sweet spot, forgiveness and echo camping technology for a nice sound even on Mishits.

The Speed Bridge, Speed Pocket and and ultra thin face all account for club head transferring into balls speed for maximum distance, accuracy and tons of forgiveness.

The Sim comes in a Sim format, Sim Max and the Sim Max Os.

The Sim are going to be excellent for mid handicappers. The sim max is more forgiving for high handicappers and the Sim Max Os is more offset for anybody how needs maximum forgiveness and also offset to correct any slicing.

The Sim Max Irons have recently been upgraded to the Sim2 family for 2021.

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

Sim Max – Selling Points

  • Speed Bridge Technology
  • Speed Pocket
  • Echo Damping System
  • Ultra Thin Face
  • Progressive Inverted Cone Technology

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 Max Irons For:

These Irons are going to be ideal for High and Mid Handicappers who want a perfect balance of distance and forgiveness.

The Family Of Irons

The Sim Max also comes in the following:

Sim which is going to be better for those looking for more distance and less forgiveness.

The Sim Max OS are going to be the most forgiving but be prepared to sacrifice a little bit of distance for the pleasure.

Distance: 98/100

Accuracy: 98/100

Forgiveness: 96/100

Feel And Control: 88/100

Overall Score: 97/100

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