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TaylorMade Went Back to Square One to Make SIM 2 Even Better

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Rory McIlroy hits his tee shot on the 2nd hole during round one of the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines South on January 28, 2021 in San Diego, California.(Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

When you think of SIM 2, the key takeaways are lighter, more stable, and more forgiving. The TaylorMade team essentially deconstructed the entire first generation SIM and started from the ground up. They took the same approach that Formula 1 mechanics do when they look at how to shave down their lap times with their key focus on weight and forgiveness.
Starting with the face, this is the only part of the club that is made out of titanium. One of the changes that they made is that they’ve milled the face. By milling the face, it allows it to be thinner, while still maintaining strength and stability. Of course, they stuck with the twist face technology that helps provide straighter shots when the player hits high toe or low heal impact areas. The speed pocket is back as well which gives you more ball speed when you strike the ball lower on the face.

A lighter weight crown and sole bound together with a forged aluminum ring that is CC milled saved them 10g. The aluminum ring is 30% lighter than the previous titanium model and provided a lower back weight system, creating higher and lower CG.

With all of this weight cutting, TaylorMade was able to capitalize on it in the back weights. They have gone from an 8g weight in gen 1 to a 16g weight in SIM 2. The result in moving the weight from front to back is higher MOI, a more stable clubhead, as well as reducing and moving CG further back in the clubhead.
Ultimately, the SIM 2 is 43% more forgiving, produces faster ball speeds, and is much more stable through impact.
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Born in Chapel Hill, NC Jordan was taught by his grandfather since age seven. His Grandpa King was a member of Medinah Country Club his whole life as well as his great grandfather. At the age of 22 Jordan got a job in the cart barn at Ko Olina Golf Club in Kapolei, HI. While there, he refined his skills by playing in every tournament possible where he was able to play competitively at a high level within the state. In 2008 Jordan assisted in the opening of the Ernie Els design Hoakalei Country Club in Ewa Beach, HI. While there he earned his Class A certification from the PGA of America working his way to the First Assistant and Lead Instructor. Following his passion, he accepted a job teaching for Jim McLean out of Trump National Doral in Miami, FL. After a few years with Jim McLean he moved to Southern California and helped Henry Brunton open and run his golf academy at Strawberry Farms Golf Club in Irvine, CA. Wanting to understand more about the idiosyncrasies of clubfitting he accepted a job with Club Champion as a Master Fitter and Master Builder. Through all of these experiences Jordan has been able to learn from some of the best in the business. Currently Jordan sits on the board of the Southern California Teaching Committee. Currently he is head of west coast operations and Director of Instruction for the Rick Smith Golf Academy at Trump National Los Angles. To learn more go to kingthomasgolf.com as well as ricksmithgpc.com
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