Taylormade SIM Vs. Ping G400 Driver Comparison Overview

High MOI is something that a lot of golf club manufacturers try to achieve. MOI is a metric that measures how much a material bends or contorts when it’s struck or makes contact with another object. The more MOI a material has, the more stable and resistant to twisting it will be.

As far as drivers go, high MOI means that your drives will stay on line and land on the fairway. Today we are going to be taking a look at two drivers whose design places a strong emphasis on high MOI.

Taylormade SIM Driver Overview

The Taylormade SIM driver gets most of it’s MOI from the inertia generator which is a sole panel that juts out behind the head.

At the very end of this panel is a weight. So basically, you have a driver that places weight as far back as possible which is great for increasing MOI. Indeed, the SIM driver plays it straight. When we tested it we were taken aback at how forgiving it was.

Whether you hit nearer to the crown, sole, heel or toe rather than the sweet spot, your ball is still likely to fly straight. You get really good distance with the SIM driver too. It feels really nice and satisfying to pure the ball with this driver which for our testers, generated a max distance of 239 yards.

Ping G400 Driver Overview

The Ping G400 driver gets most of it’s MOI from an adjustable tungsten weight placed in the back of the head.

When we say adjustable though, we mean adjustable mass. The weight can’t be moved to generate heel or toe bias; you can only make it heavier or lighter. The Ping G400 also has a smaller footprint than the Taylormade SIM driver with it’s 445CC head.

While our lower handicap testers liked the Ping G400 driver more, our high handicap testers were struggling with it. They often sliced the ball or simply weren’t getting enough carry distance. The Ping G400 was also great for our testers with moderate to fast swing speeds.

We really liked the feel of the Ping G400 driver with it’s forged titanium face. It’s also much more workable by design than the SIM driver. The Taylormade SIM driver is a great asset in the bags of beginners and high handicappers; but not for low handicappers.

Sim Drivers

In 20 Words Or Less

A driver designed to do it all for players: increase ball speed, enhance forgiveness and provide shaping.

Ping G400 Driver

In 20 Words or Less

The Ping G400 driver offers incredibly stable and consistent ball flight and will increase your ball speed.

Sim Driver – First Impressions

At first, you may be a little intimidated with all the apparent bells and whistles of the Taylormade SIM.

We’re not going to sugarcoat it: the first time you pick up a Taylormade SIM driver you will probably notice the weight right away.

With a swing weight of D5 with a graphite shaft, this driver is a bit intimidating at first.

However, after you take the first swing and feel how the inertia generator effortlessly pulls the CG downward, you will be hooked.

The SIM Family

There is the standard SIM, the SIM Max and the SIM Max D Driver. All feature the twist face but the standard SIM is the only one with a movable weight.

Ping G400 Driver – First Impressions

The first thing we noticed about the Ping G400 is that it looks really nice at point of address.

Looking down at this driver will make you fall in love with it. It has a clean, smooth and fast look at point of address which is really encouraging when you are grinding out a practice session at the range.  And it’s not all about looks either.

Ping claims that the Ping G400’s head was designed to reduce drag and our testers found (using a launch monitor) that it did indeed increase their average swing speed by 3MPH.

The G400 Family

Aside from the Ping G400 and the G400 LST, the G400 family also includes the G400 SFT.

The Ping G400 SFT has all the same features of the standard G400 and the LST version but with the added bonus of heel-side weighting. This will help players struggling with a slice. The G400 SFT also has a slightly lower swing weight which is helps you square up to the ball at impact.

Taylormade Sim Driver – Selling Points

  • Very high MOI
  • Good forgiveness
  • Sliding weight
  • Good distance
  • Speed Pocket
  • Adjustable loft sleeve

Ping G400 Driver Selling Points

  • Adjustable tungsten weight
  • Dragonfly internal ribbing
  • Forged titanium face
  • 445CC head
  • Aerodynamic turbulators
  • 9,000 MOI

Taylormade SIM Drivers – Who are they For?

The Taylormade SIM driver is better-suited for mid to low handicappers.

The adjustable loft and weight also make them a good choice for anyone who really likes to customize draw and lie.

Taylormade SIM Driver Family

Taylormade Sim Max Driver

The Sim Max offers more forgiveness for beginners and high handicappers. This is going to suitable for those who struggle with consistency in their driver due to reduced spin rates.

Taylormade Sim Max D Driver

If you struggle with a slice, the Max D is available to iron that out of your game. The Sim Max D is anti slice with a bit of offset to keep what would have been a slice on the straight and narrow.

Distance: 95/100

Accuracy: 94/100

Forgiveness: 94/100

Feel & Control: 91/100

Overall Score: 94/100

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Ping G400 – Who is it for?

The Ping G400 would work best for players in the 18-25 handicap range.

So it’s a great choice for mid to high handicappers. It’s forgiving enough to be viable for beginners and offers better players the workability they’ve come to expect. One thing we should mention though is that in order to get optimal distance with the Ping G400 driver, you will need a moderate swing speed.

As long as you have a swing speed above about 85mph, you should do very well with the Ping G400 driver. The one thing you can surely count on is better ball speed and faster club head speed – you just have to make sure that you are square to the ball and on target.

That’s not to say that people with slow swing speeds won’t enjoy the Ping G400 driver or get any use out of it; it just means that there are definitely better drivers out  there for slow swing speed players to use.

Distance: 93/100

Accuracy: 96/100

Forgiveness: 94/100

Feel & Control: 95/100

 

Overall Score: 94.5/100

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