Taylormade Stealth Vs. Taylormade SIM2 Irons Comparison Overview
It’s a new year and a new year brings new gear. The new Taylormade Stealth irons hit shelves on April 1st and they immediately generated a ton of buzz. Even before they came out, preorders were being filled all the way back to January.
Now the Taylormade Stealth irons and the Taylormade SIM2 irons have a lot in common and we wanted to see if the Stealth irons really do make a significant improvement. So we tested them side-by-side. Take a look at what we found.
Taylormade Stealth Irons Overview
The Cap Back design was a big innovation from Taylormade. With the Taylormade Stealth irons, they take another significant leap in iron design.
For those who don’t know, the Cap Back is a rear badge that bridges the sole and crown so that the face can be separated from the body. This is design feature present in the SIM2 irons. But with the Taylormade Stealth irons, the Cap Back actually wraps around the toe, shaving toe mass by about 10 grams.
That mass is then placed in the sole, right under the center of the face. This gives the Taylormade Stealth irons a very low CG so right off the bat, it’s easy to swing. It pulls your downswing to achieve optimal launch.
The Taylormade Stealth were surprisingly good on short approaches for being game-improvement irons. The drop and stop capability was impressive and the distance in the long irons was on par with the SIM2 irons.
Taylormade SIM2 Irons Overview
The SIM2 irons pioneered a lot of the technology that Taylormade has used in the Stealth irons.
When we played the SIM2 irons after testing the Stealth irons, it felt like playing a mini version of the Stealth’s. The SIM 2’s feature a lot of the same technology including the speed pocket, progressive ICT (Inverted Cone Technology), and the Cap Back design.
Only, the Cap Back on the SIM2 irons don’t cut into the toe so much so the Taylormade Stealth irons actually have a lower CG. In terms of distance though these irons are almost equal. We were getting max distances of 176 yards with the 5 iron of both these sets.
Both of these iron sets emphasize the same things: ease of swing, forgiveness and distance. However, the Taylormade Stealth irons set themselves apart by also providing good short-game performance.