Taylormade SIM Max Vs. Taylormade Stealth Irons Comparison Overview
In many ways, the original SIM irons paved the way for the newer class of Taylormade irons. Over the years, Taylormade has been slowly refining their iron designs and with both the original SIM and the new Stealth irons, they focused on making an extremely playable set.
The Taylormade Stealth irons are the new kids on the block but we wanted to see if they were really a significant improvement on some of Taylormade’s older irons. Does newer really mean better in this case? Find out in the following comparison overview.
Taylormade SIM Max Irons Overview
The Taylormade SIM Max made waves in it’s day thanks to the introduction of the Speed Bridge.
The Speed Bridge is a rear brace that connects the sole and crown so that the face can float free, generating more flex. And indeed, the SIM Max irons still hold up in terms of speed. In fact, we used a launch monitor to test ball speed and the SIM Max’s were almost identical to the Taylormade Stealth irons in the ball speed category.
The SIM Max irons also have a large footprint so they were easy to hit with, even for some of our high handicap testers. However, you have to really be looking for both forgiveness and distance to get the most bang out of your buck from the SIM Max’s because they don’t do much else.
Spin control is almost non-existent and their beefy profiles make the shorter irons very difficult to rein in. Oftentimes, we found our balls sailing past the green on shots with the SIM Max 8 iron.
Taylormade Stealth Irons Overview
The Taylormade Stealth irons use a rear badge to bridge the sole and crown.
Like the SIM Max’s, that rear badge houses a layer of polymer that helps dampen harsh vibration. Before we go any further, we should mention that it was clear after our testing that both of these iron sets were designed for mid to high handicappers.
That all being said, the only thing we really don’t like about the Taylormade Stealth irons is the feel. Taylormade promises a “forged feel” iron and the Stealth’s don’t come close to forged feel.
Despite the poor feel, the Taylormade Stealth irons were more forgiving and launched higher than the SIM Max irons. Distance was almost identical and both these sets would be best for mid to high handicappers.