Switching to metal was this club’s hole in one
FOUR DECADES AGO, TAYLORMADE BROUGHT DRIVERS INTO THE MODERN ERA BY CRAFTING THE HEAD OF THE CLUB FROM METAL, NOT WOOD—A MOVE THAT FOUND FAVOR WITH PROS. HERE’S HOW IT EVOLVED.
1979: Pittsburgh Persimmon
Attached to a metal shaft, the forged steel head was about the same size and weight as its contemporary wooden cousins, but differed in one key way: It was hollow. That configuration kept the mass at the perimeter, making the club slightly more forgiving of awkward mishits.
2020: SIM Driver
The titanium face on this large head flexes as it makes contact with the ball, launching it at high speed and with little spin to avoid distance-killing drag. A steel weight at the back acts like a pendulum and stabilizes the driver to help prevent it from twisting— and slicing shots sideways.