Taylormade SIM Max Vs. Callaway Rogue ST Max Irons Comparison Overview

Just like with most things in life, your choice of golf clubs depend a lot on personal preference. Some golfers are looking for a certain feel from their irons while others are looking for tangible metrics they can keep track of.

Today we wanted to highlight two sets of irons that are likely to appeal to very different golfers. Find out which is the right one for you in the following comparison overview.

Taylormade SIM Max Irons Overview

The first thing we noticed when testing these irons was the expansive face area.

But to be honest, we should have expected as much from a club with the “Max” designation. The expansive sweet spot will surely appeal to beginners and high handicappers in need of forgiveness from their irons.

However, we were also surprised with the way these irons sounded and felt. Some golfers place a high emphasis on sound and feel and if you are the same, the SIM Max irons shine brighter than the Callaway Rogue ST Max irons.

The Echo dampening system of the SIM Max irons creates multiple points of contact across the face to provide a consistent and smooth feel even on shots away from the sweet spot. Ball speed and distance ain’t to shabby either but the Callaway Rogue ST Max irons were slightly longer.

Callaway Rogue ST Max Irons Overview

The Callaway Rogue ST Max irons played an average of 6 yards longer than the SIM Max irons.

Those readings were based on distance tests conducted with the 5 iron of each set: the Callaway Rogue ST Max 5 iron gave a max distance of 177 yards while the SIM Max 5 iron topped out at 171 yards. The Callaway Rogue ST Max also provided better launch.

The pronounced sole and low CG really helps launch the ball high into the air. The Callaway Rogue ST Max irons would be better for players who don’t care as much about sound and feel as they do about launch and distance. The carry distance of each iron in this set was very impressive.

Also, it should be noted that the SIM Max irons provided more robust spin dynamics around the green so they may be more congenial if you prefer short-game workability. The Callaway Rogue ST Max are really more brute and brawny compared to the more refined performance of the SIM Max’s.

Callaway Rogue ST Irons

Category: Game Improvement – Player’s Performance

Taylormade Sim Max Irons

Category: Game Improvement Irons

Callaway Rogue ST Irons First Impressions

The first thing we noticed about the Callaway Rogue ST irons is that they felt incredibly stable on full swings.

While high handicappers may not fully appreciate that benefit at first, it will certainly spoil them as they get better. The large head sizes of the Max models will be a bit off-putting for lower handicappers; but that is what the Pro line is for.

All of the Max models have a wide sole that you can see from point of address. Again this will look more comforting in the eyes of a beginner or high handicapper. Our testers also noted the near-effortless launch of almost all the irons in the set.

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

Callaway Rogue ST Selling Points

  • Up to 62 grams of tungsten weighting
  • 450 grade steel faces
  • Pronounced soles
  • I. designed Flash Face Cup design
  • Layers of urethane
  • Strong lofts

Sim Max – Selling Points

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

Who are the Callaway Rogue ST Irons for?

The Callaway Rogue ST irons are mostly for high handicappers. The three different Max models are certainly for beginner to intermediate players while the Pro model would be better for single-digit handicappers.

But don’t get the wrong idea. The three Callaway Rogue ST Max irons aren’t as beginner-friendly when compared to some other irons. Just like we explained when we compared them to the Big Bertha’s, the Callaway Rogue ST irons are just a bit more refined than your average distance/game-improvement irons.

While most of the Callaway Rogue ST iron family is focused on upping the ball speed of high handicap players, the Pro model has a lot to offer more skilled players. Speaking of the different Callaway Rogue ST models…

The Callaway Rogue ST Iron Family

Callaway Rogue ST Max

The Rogue ST Max irons have the heaviest tungsten weight (62 grams) of any other Rogue ST iron. The head is not quite as big as the other Max models so it sits somewhere between the Rogue ST Pro and the other two Rogue ST Max models.

Callaway Rogue ST Max OS

If you need a little bit of draw bias in your irons, the pronounced offset of the Max OS irons will be helpful for you. Compared to the Callaway Rogue ST Max irons, the Max OS’s also have slightly stronger lofts. As a result the Max OS irons are more forgiving out near the toe.

Callaway Rogue ST Max OS Lite

As you can imagine, the Callaway Rogue ST Max OS Lite model is almost identical to the Callaway Rogue ST Max OS model. The key differences are lighter shafts and lighter swing weights.

The Callaway Rogue ST Max OS Lite irons also have the lightest tungsten weights (46 grams in the longest iron) and produce the highest launch angles thanks to an incredibly wide sole.

Launch is also helped with stronger lofts compared to the Callaway Rogue ST Max OS irons and the fact that these irons come standard in only graphite shafts should reiterate the emphasis on light weight and easier swinging.

Callaway Rogue ST Pro

The Callaway Rogue ST Pro irons are the most unique of the bunch. They feature the smallest head sizes and muscle backs. They also have a hollow body design. The spirit of the Rogue irons is still alive even in the Pro models though.

For instance, the Callaway Rogue ST Pro irons feature split weighting in the toe and heel to increase MOI and improve ball speeds on shots away from the sweet spot. So while they offer better spin dynamics, they are still pretty forgiving.

Ball speed is still there in the long irons as well – you’ll just have to be a lot more accurate.

Distance: 94/100

Accuracy: 90/100

Forgiveness: 93/100

Feel & Control: 91/100

Overall Score: 92/100

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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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