Titleist AP3 718 Vs. Taylormade SIM Max Irons Comparison Overview
The first time you look down at the Titleist AP3 718 irons, you wouldn’t think that they would help you very much with distance unless you have a stellar swing speed. At least, we didn’t think much of them as distance irons at first.
However, we must start this article out by saying that we were pleasantly surprised. Then we got a wild hare. How would the Titleist AP3 718 irons perform next to established distance irons like the Taylormade SIM Max’s?
Taylormade SIM Max Overview
The Taylormade SIM Max irons are known for ball speed and distance. Everything about them is designed to push the ball further.
We know you’ve probably read all about the SIM Max irons so we’re only going to stick to the most important aspects we discovered in our comparison.
With the 4 iron of the SIM Max irons, we were getting 179 yards on average.
With the 4 iron of the Titleist AP3 718’s, we were getting about 175 yards on average. So for all intents and purposes, the Speed Pocket of the SIM Max’s did more for ball speed.
However, we discovered that the Titleist AP3 718 short irons provided better spin control.
So it’s a bit of give and take with these irons. The SIM Max’s are sure to give you more distance; but you lose a lot of short game accuracy with them.
Titleist AP3 718 Irons Overview
The Titleist AP3 718 have a superior feel even though both iron sets essentially have an unsupported face design.
The heads of the Titleist AP3 718 iron are hollow which allows for a free-floating face. This is where most of the ball speed and distance comes from because the smaller heads surely don’t help.
What the smaller head does do however is provide superior feel and control on approaches.
What we liked the most about these clubs was that they are supremely workable. You can pop them high on a fast green or keep the trajectory nice and low – with the SIM Max irons, you really only get the option to play high and far.
That’s not necessarily a drawback and in the end the Titleist AP3 718 irons did not end up playing longer than the SIM Max’s. However, we liked the overall performance and value you get from the Titleist AP3 718’s more.