What we say...
TaylorMade have incorporated V Steel technology into a hybrid for the first time in the company’s history with SIM Max Rescue.
And TaylorMade say World #1 Rory McIlroy – who's never played a hybrid – was bowled over at how the new SIM Max rescue landed shots more steeply than his 2 or 3 iron when he first hit the SIM. There's even a chance, depending on the course, a rescue will appear in his bag in 2020.
The SIM's reinvented V-Steel sole improves turf interaction by reducing friction and adds a good degree of versatility when playing from tight or difficult lies. A high-strength C300 steel face helps boost ball speeds and of course Twist Face helps typical mishits produce straighter, more forgiving results.
Designers rounded the toe and adjusted the face angle to give SIM Max Rescue a more confidence-inspiring shape at address for all levels of golfers. It utilises the same C300 Steel face used in the SIM Max fairway woods to help improve ball speed, durability and overall performance. The corrective technologies of Twist Face and Speed Pocket offer improved performance and forgiveness on mis-hits on the toe, heel and low on the face.
VERDICT: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue Hybrid
TaylorMade invented the hybrid category with the original Rescue back in the early 2000s, so it’s unsurprising they’re right at the sharp end of the market today. The SIM Max is part of a long line of award-winning TaylorMade hybrids and it’s both powerful, forgiving and good looking, too.
We love the mid-width head shape, it sits really square at address and unlike some its chalk and charcoal cosmetics gives a really friendly and forgiving look. SIM Max was our longest hybrid of 2020 (average carry 226 yards), so it’s an excellent option for club golfers looking to replace long and mid irons.
A 16-yard carry drop-off (7%) was under our test average, too, which also tells us SIM Max offers a great blend of power and, crucially, forgiveness
TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue Hybrid specs
Review written by: Simon Daddow
Job title: Today's Golfer - Equipment Editor
- RRP: £229
- Lofts: 3-19°/4-22°/5-25°/6-28°/7-31°
- Stock shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue
- Adjustable hosel: No
- Available: February 7th, 2020