There is never ending speculation about the next big driver releases and TaylorMade takes center stage anytime this is discussed. Thoughts and speculation has already turned towards what we can expect in from TaylorMade in 2022 and if they will be a SIM3 driver. The current SIM driver line up was originally released in January 2020 and delivered huge success for TaylorMade, with high praise coming from both tour and amateur Golfers alike. It went straight into the bags of TaylorMade staffers of the likes of Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson. The initial SIM line up consisted of three versions – the SIM, SIM Max, SIM Max D.
With TaylorMade’s continual research and development cycle, the SIM was updated to the SIM2 driver which was released in February 2021. The product format was the same with the SIM2, SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max D. The key with the SIM2 overall was the increased forgiveness but each model had slightly different characteristics. The SIM Max was designed to provide mid-spin levels and fractionally higher ball speeds. The SIM Max D included a heel-bias internal weight and divergent topline which gave the impression of being more open at address.
The SIM2 first broke cover in December 2020 with early teasers being seen on a number of outlets. Unlike other brands TaylorMade doesn’t go down a public ‘tour-proving’ approach so the first official glimpse we saw of the driver came at the point of release.
Will there be a TaylorMade SIM3 driver?
Prior to the SIM series of drivers TaylorMade had the ‘M-series’ which was a huge success globally. with the M1 and M2 coming in January 2017. The M3 and M4 came in February 2018, and the M5 and M6 in February 2019. As you can see there is a firmly established 12-month development cycle at TaylorMade and it’s likely we’ll see the 2022 driver emerging in late 2021 with a release likely in January or February 2022.
The question is of course is will TaylorMade continue with the SIM product or change their lineup dramatically, like they did with the evolution from M-series to SIM? From a brand and marketing standpoint it makes total sense to build on the massive success of the ‘SIM’ and continue with this hugely popular lineup. Given that the M-series drivers also went through three release cycles, and delivered 6 separate drivers, it’s likely that TaylorMade will stick with the SIM for another iteration and we’ll be seeing the SIM3 on our fairways in 2022.
No doubt whatever TaylorMade decide to do the end result will be another stellar driver that will prove just as popular as their previous models. We’ll be keeping our ear close to the ground for any news and developments from TaylorMade and the potential emergence of a SIM3 driver, so check back here for updates in the coming months!