When TaylorMade launched the SIM driver family in 2020 there were three models available - the SIM driver with an adjustable weight in a sliding track, and then the SIM Max (and Max D) which are dialled in for max distance and forgiveness right out the factory. All three feature TaylorMade's adjustable loft sleeve, on which this video will focus.
We have a separate article and video on adjusting the standard SIM driver that you can view and read about here.
How to the SIM Max and SIM Max differ?
The SIM MAX is the model where TaylorMade's engineers lock in the settings they feel will provide the most distance, forgiveness, and overall benefit to the user. The rear weight is 6-grams heavier than in the standard SIM at 18-grams to generate the increased forgiveness.
The SIM MAX D is a draw biased version of the SIM MAX and engineered to help players who hit a slice off the tee. Visually the face is 18% bigger, and along with a 12-gram weight on the back of the club, it also has extra weight added to the heel, which strengthens the draw bias.
So, let's adjust
With just a simple adjustment wrench, you can raise and lower the loft, tweak the shot shape, and change the trajectory and spin the driver puts on the golf ball.
It's important to note that all the below applies to both the SIM Max and SIM Max D drivers.
First, look at the opening and locking mechanisms of the screw. To open or loosen the shaft screw, place the wrench into the top of the screw, turn anti-clockwise, and tighten by turning clockwise. When fully tightened, there will be an audible "CLICK" to let you know the sleeve is safely locked in place and to avoid over-tightening.
When fully opened, the head can be removed from the shaft, revealing numbers and settings on the shaft's tip. These indicate some of the different lofts, lie, and face angle options you can choose.
TaylorMade use a four-degree tip adapter, and at the time of manufacture and assembly, the shaft will be in the standard loft option.
There are 12 different notches on the sleeve, and each one increases or decreases loft by a half or three-quarters of a degree.
So what happens if we want to reduce loft?
Rotate the shaft to the LOWER position, line up the arrow, and reattach the head reduces the driver's loft by 2-degrees. The face is now 4-degrees open, so reducing loft will also put a fade bias on your drives. This setting will also reduce the amount of spin the driver imparts on the ball by about 400 rpm.
Conversely, rotating to the higher position increases the loft by 2-degrees. By doing this, you also shut the face 4-degrees and add about 400 rpm of spin to your shots. So as well as adding loft, this will put a draw bias on your driver.
You don't have to adjust to the LOWER or HIGHER settings; you can rotate incrementally along the notches in between to make the changes more gradually.
What is the UPRT setting?
Spin the tip adaptor 180-degrees and you'll see a different marking - UPRT Lie. If you secure the shaft in this position, the loft is back at standard, but now the club sits 4-degrees more upright. You'll find this sets the club up for a draw, but it's a lot more subtle than in the HIGHER setting. And again from this UPRT Lie setting, you can make the loft LOWER or HIGHER incrementally to make more subtle changes.
Built-in draw bias
In the SIM Max D driver's case, the shot shape is affected most by the heel's extra weight rather than adjustability in the hosel.
It is also important to remember you can adjust your driver on the range or any time before or after your round, just not during it!
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