Taylormade Sim Max Vs Taylormade M6 Irons Review & Specs 2021 

It’s hard enough trying to find a good set of irons that matches your style and your needs as a player. It gets a lot tougher to make a decision when you are on the fence between two iron sets from the same manufacturer.

The Taylormade M6 are very popular game improvement Irons that generate a ton of distance but have since been upgrade to the Sim and Sim 2 range of irons. The Sim Max Irons are more forgiving but still generate a ton of distance. Since the M6 are a little older, you can pick them up for a bit cheaper and the performance is going to be very similar for an average golfer and even better players.

But the fact is that Taylormade makes some of the best irons in the business. And it’s easy to see why someone would have a hard time choosing between sets like the Sims and the M6’s. So today, we will be doing a side by side review of these two iron sets to help you make the right choice.

 

A Brief History

The M5 irons were wildly popular among pro players. And with the newer M6 series, we see that Taylormade has doubled down on user-friendliness. The M6 irons are surprisingly forgiving for irons this size.

The Sim irons are even newer than the M6’s. They are their successor so to speak and they look to continue the trend towards playability that Taylormade has spearheaded over the years. At address, the thicker top line of the Sim irons will inspire more confidence in players.

 

Key Features Of The Sim Max Irons

The Sim Max irons are definitely distance irons. They were built for ball speed first and foremost.

Their Patented Speed Bridge which connects the top line to the back bar increases perimeter rigidity so that the face can flex more and generate more ball speed and these irons are also incredibly forgiving.

 

Key Features Of The M6 Irons

The M6 Irons also feature the Speed Bridge. But Taylormade has also incorporated the Inverted Cone Technology into the M6 irons.

The inverted cone produces an asymmetrical sweet spot that extends to cover more of the face out to the toe.

 

The Sim Family Of Irons

 

The Sim family of irons consists of the standard sim irons, the Sim Max irons and  the Sim Max OS irons.

The Sim Max OS irons have the larger profile and more offset than the other irons in the family so they may be more congenial for mid to high-handicappers.

 

The M Family Of Irons

The M6 is the successor to the popular M5 irons. It has made improvements to weight distribution by using a fluted hosel.

The M6 irons also have more offset and larger heads than the M5 irons. All of this combined produces faster ball speeds, less spin and higher launch.

 

Loft Comparison

 

Sim Max Lofts

M6 Lofts

4 Iron

19°

19°

5 Iron

21.5°

21.5°

6 Iron

25°

25°

7 Iron

28.5°

28.5°

8 Iron

32.5°

33°

9 Iron

38°

38°

 

Sim Max Options

  • Fujikura Ventus Blue shaft
  • KBS MAX 85 shaft
  • Stiff, regular and amateur flexes

 

M6 Options

  • Fujikara Atmos Orange shaft
  • KBS MAX 85
  • Stuff regular and amateur flexes

 


 

Length and Lie Comparison

 

Sim Max Lie/length

M6 Lie/length

4 Iron

61.5/39.125”

61.5/39.25”

5 Iron

62/38.50”

62/38.62”

6 Iron

62.5/37.88”

62.5/38”

7 Iron

63/37.25”

63/37.50”

8 Iron

63.5/36.75”

63.5/37”

9 Iron

64/36.25”

64/36.50”

 

Who Is The M6 Irons For?

We would say that the M6 irons are more suited to mid-handicappers.

They were overall the more forgiving clubs when compared to the Sim Max irons. The more pronounced offset makes it easier for intermediate players to square the face at impact.

 

Who Is The Sim Max Irons For?

The longer Sim Max irons performed great.

They provided impressive distance so we would say that these irons are more for people who are struggling getting down the fairway with their longer irons. The Sim Max OS irons in particular would be great for people who struggle with longer irons.

 

Composition Comparison

There is certainly a lot of overlap in terms of how these irons are composed. Both have fluted hosels and the Speed Bridge bar in the back.

But the M6 irons use Hybrar compression for dampening vibration while the newer Sim irons feature the ECHO geometry architecture to dampen vibration.

 

Performance Comparison

We liked that the Sim Max irons had a wider top line at address.

They also played a bit longer than the M6 irons; although the difference is negligible. The M6 irons were easier to hit tough lies with and more forgiving all-around.

They felt a little better too. The M6 irons were more effective at dampening unwanted vibration and the wider sole made them feel better in terms of turf interaction.

 

Price Comparison

The Sim Max and the M6 irons are also similar in price.

Even though the M6 irons are older than the Sim Max’s their relatively similar price kind of tells you that they are still in high demand. The M6’s go for about $690 while the newer Sim Max’s will cost you about $700.

 

Taylormade M6 Iron Pros & Cons

  

Pros:

  • Slightly more affordable
  • Certainly more forgiving
  • Good look at address
  • Fluted hosel
  • Center of gravity is progressive throughout the iron set
  • They come stock with comfortable Lamkin Dual Feel Reminder grips

 

Cons:

  • Limited shaft options
  • There isn’t a whole lot of performance improvement between the M6 and M5 irons
  • Not supper accurate on approaches
  • Small head sizes

Overall Score: 96/100

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Taylormade Sim Max Pros & Cons

Pros:

  • They play longer
  • Great face flex
  • Good perimeter head stability
  • They come in both left and right-handed
  • Great distance irons
  • Thinner faces

 

Cons:

  • Slightly more expensive
  • Not as forgiving
  • Shorter irons lack spin control
  • More for mid to low handicappers

Overall Score: 98/100

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Final Assessment

You can probably see where we’re heading if you’ve read this far. The Sim Max irons may be the new kids on the block but the M6 have held up very well. They offer more as player irons than the Sim Max’s as they are more forgiving and easier to learn.

The Sim Max’s certainly have their place as distance irons, but the lack of spin control in the shorter irons means that there isn’t much else to these irons than distance. We feel the M6’s outperform the Sim Max’s so check them out!