Taylormade M4 Vs Taylormade SIM2 Irons Comparison Overview
At a glance, the Taylormade M4 and the SIM2 irons look very similar.
And that isn’t really surprising considering that the SIM2 irons are essentially indirect successors of the Taylormade M4 irons.
While both iron sets are geared towards mid and high handicap players and while both sets have a very similar profile,
it’s important to know the differences between these irons if you really want to understand what makes them tick. Let’s take a closer look.
Taylormade M4 Irons Overview
“One of the first things that stuck out to us when testing the Taylormade M4 irons was the deep cavity undercut.”
The deep undercut gives way to a generous sole which has a nice bevel on the back end. Like the M4 woods and hybrids, the Taylormade M4 irons offer very smooth turf interaction.
In thick lies, it’s very easy to pop the ball out and achieve clean contact.
The deep undercut and generous sole also makes for high launch. This compliments the strong lofts very well.
In the end, you get a controlled launch that can be worked either low or high if you know how to strike the ball.
Compared to the SIM2 irons though, the Taylormade M4’s have wider soles so it’s easier to get the ball in the air with them. However, the SIM2 irons have more advanced forgiveness features…
Taylormade SIM2 Irons Overview
“The top line and head profile of the SIM2 irons is very similar to those of the Taylormade M4’s.”
The sole of the SIM2 irons is narrower though so you get a cleaner look at address and a bit more workability.
The SIM2 irons also feature progressive inverted cone technology so the sweet spot is shifted to optimal positions as you move down the set.
The SIM2 irons also feature a hollow-body design to increase distance. Indeed, the lower launch and free-floating face of the SIM2 irons helped them play longer than the M4’s.
The SIM2’s also offered more stability on mis-hits. However, up and down workability is not as easy with the Taylormade SIM2 irons.
“If you can get more distance by launching the ball high, the Taylormade M4 irons are better for you.
That’s because you don’t really get the option of high launch with the SIM2 irons. On the other hand, the SIM2’s offer lower spin rates and better lateral workability.”
Taylormade M4 Irons First Impressions
The Taylormade M4 irons have a clean, cavity back design with an extended sole in the rear which looks very comforting for beginners.
This feature also made them play very well in the rough. It is very easy to launch the ball high (and far) even from the rough. We were very pleased with the feel when we struck the ball right in the sweet spot.
However, the feel gets a little thin and the sound gets a little hollow unless you are dead-center on the sweet spot.
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.
Taylormade M4 Selling Points
- Ribcor design
- Speed Pocket
- Thick sole
- Plenty of offset
- Premium shaft options
- Strong loft
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 Taylormade M4 Irons for?
There’s no question that the Taylormade M4 irons would be great for anything struggling with distance on the fairway.
At the end of the day though, these irons do much more for beginners than play long. Beginners, who will often find themselves in the rough, will benefit from the beefy sole and strong lofts of these irons.
Even intermediate players who don’t quite have their swing speeds where they would like it to be would benefit from these irons. Even if you are mixing and matching and only using the longer Taylormade M4 irons, they could be great assets as purely distance irons.
The Taylormade M Family of Irons
The Taylormade M family of irons also includes the M2 irons. The first thing we noticed about the M2 irons compared to the Taylormade M4’s is that the M2’s don’t do as good a job at dampening harsh impact vibrations.
On full swings, the M2’s feedback gets muddied by unwanted vibration. The M2’s do have the same lofts as the M4 irons though so the flight trajectory is very similar with these two iron sets.
It should also be noted that the M2 irons don’t feature the same Ribcor design as the Taylormade M4 irons. The main difference this makes is lesser distance – or at least, harder distance.
In other words, you will have to have good accuracy and a fast swing speed to get the same kind of distance with the M2’s as you would with the Taylormade M4 irons. As such, the M2 irons are better in the bags of low handicappers.
Feel & Control: 92/100
Overall Score: 93/100
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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.
Feel And Control: 92/100