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First off.....this is not a bash against TM (the truth is most of these new, thin, hot faced drivers today will explode at some point at high swing speeds and repetition) and I have no doubt they will step up to the plate with a brand spanking new head like they did last time.

My last driver (M6), exploded on the tee box this time last year. After impact, the bottom composite piece blew off the bottom of the driver. 

Today, my current gamer (Sim MAX) nearly blew the top off. Heard a slight difference in tone at impact on my 2nd to last drive....but, didn’t think much of it. Thought I missed it a bit toe high. My last drive of the day, there was a “major” difference in sound. Looked down at driver and noticed the top composite portion of the head had blown open. Almost like a can of coke that’s been in the fridge too long!

Interestingly, my 2nd to last drives with both drivers were absolute rockets....long and straight!

The good news.....TM’s CS is pretty top notch and I’m certain I’ll have a “brand-new” driver head on my front porch upon my return from vacation.

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:taylormade-small: TM SIM Max 9*- HZRDUS, Small Batch Smoke Green 70 Stiff PVD

:taylormade-small: TM SIM Titanium 3W - HZRDUS, Smoke Green 70 Stiff

:taylormade-small: TM SIM Titanium 5W - Diamana LTD 75 Stiff

:srixon-small: A-4iron ZX7 - Nippon Modus 120 Stiff

:srixon-small: 3 iron (20*) - Recoil F4 Stiff Shaft

:Miura: 55* K-Grind Miura

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And....completely off-topic. But, why the hell is my “signature” not updating? I’ve changed and saved it multiple times!

The clubs listed below are not the clubs in my bag now! Argh

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:taylormade-small: TM SIM Max 9*- HZRDUS, Small Batch Smoke Green 70 Stiff PVD

:taylormade-small: TM SIM Titanium 3W - HZRDUS, Smoke Green 70 Stiff

:taylormade-small: TM SIM Titanium 5W - Diamana LTD 75 Stiff

:srixon-small: A-4iron ZX7 - Nippon Modus 120 Stiff

:srixon-small: 3 iron (20*) - Recoil F4 Stiff Shaft

:Miura: 55* K-Grind Miura

:scotty-cameron-1: Scotty Cameron Circle T Futura X5 

:titelist-small: Titleist Left Dash Prov1X 

 

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And....completely off-topic. But, why the hell is my “signature” not updating? I’ve changed and saved it multiple times!
The clubs listed below are not the clubs in my bag now! Argh

That stinks man! As far as the signature updating, there are actually 2 spots that you update. I had the same issue and I was apparently updating the wrong one 🤷‍♂️ It’s been a while, so I don’t remember exactly what to do, but check through all the options and you will find it.


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14 minutes ago, Rtracymog said:


That stinks man! As far as the signature updating, there are actually 2 spots that you update. I had the same issue and I was apparently updating the wrong one 🤷‍♂️ It’s been a while, so I don’t remember exactly what to do, but check through all the options and you will find it.


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You were right! Fixed it. Thanks

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:taylormade-small: TM SIM Titanium 3W - HZRDUS, Smoke Green 70 Stiff

:taylormade-small: TM SIM Titanium 5W - Diamana LTD 75 Stiff

:srixon-small: A-4iron ZX7 - Nippon Modus 120 Stiff

:srixon-small: 3 iron (20*) - Recoil F4 Stiff Shaft

:Miura: 55* K-Grind Miura

:scotty-cameron-1: Scotty Cameron Circle T Futura X5 

:titelist-small: Titleist Left Dash Prov1X 

 

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Too much rugged manliness for your driver!  💪💪💪

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Driver: TM Original One 11.5* set to 10*, Aldila NV75 X, 43.5" -or- SpeedZone, HZRDUS Black 75 6.5, 43.5"
3w:  Cobra King LTD, RIP Beta 90, 42" -or- Stage 2 Tour, NV105 X, 42.5"
2h or 3h:  TaylorMade Stage 2 Tour, Aldila NV105 S -or- RIP Alpha 105 S
Irons:  3-PW Mizuno MP37, Recoil Proto 125 F4 (reshaft in progress, slowly); 1i & 3-PW Golden Ram TW276, NV105 S; 2-PW Golden Ram TW282, RIP Tour 115 R
GW: Dynacraft Dual Milled CNC 52*, Steelfiber 125 S; Scratch 8620 DS 53*, Steelfiber 125 S
SW:  Ram TG-898 56*, DGX ss2x; Ram Tom Watson 55*, DGX ss2x; Wilson Staff PMP 58*, DGS; PM Grind 19 58*, stock shaft
Putter:  Mizuno TPM-2, 34"
Ball:  Wilson Staff Duo Professional, TM TP5

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Just a quick update. Filled out warranty information page on 3/10 regarding my busted SIM. Received email from TM stating they were sending out a replacement head on 3/11 and received new head on 3/18. Fortunately for me, I was on vacation all last week so didn’t miss not having a driver. The best news is I played 9 holes yesterday with the new head and hit 6/7 fairways. All drives were very long and straight. Don’t know what it is, but, this head just feels better and seems to be hotter than the old one. 

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:taylormade-small: TM SIM Titanium 3W - HZRDUS, Smoke Green 70 Stiff

:taylormade-small: TM SIM Titanium 5W - Diamana LTD 75 Stiff

:srixon-small: A-4iron ZX7 - Nippon Modus 120 Stiff

:srixon-small: 3 iron (20*) - Recoil F4 Stiff Shaft

:Miura: 55* K-Grind Miura

:scotty-cameron-1: Scotty Cameron Circle T Futura X5 

:titelist-small: Titleist Left Dash Prov1X 

 

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On 3/22/2021 at 11:55 AM, dalejbrass said:

Just a quick update. Filled out warranty information page on 3/10 regarding my busted SIM. Received email from TM stating they were sending out a replacement head on 3/11 and received new head on 3/18. Fortunately for me, I was on vacation all last week so didn’t miss not having a driver. The best news is I played 9 holes yesterday with the new head and hit 6/7 fairways. All drives were very long and straight. Don’t know what it is, but, this head just feels better and seems to be hotter than the old one. 

Glad TM set you up. I think most of the new gear fails after some use, especially at high club head speeds, just like you said. I've made three warranty claims with TM and with two of those they sent me the next year model up. Two years is plenty of warranty and TM's customer service is hard to beat. It's a major factor in my purchase decisions. 

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It seems most of the OEM's have reached critical limits in driver design - squeezing out performance but giving up robustness.  No surprise TM made things right.

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On 3/22/2021 at 2:55 PM, dalejbrass said:

Don’t know what it is, but, this head just feels better and seems to be hotter than the old one. 

I used to work at a course that hosted a TOUR stop and Monday/Tuesday it was VERY common for the Tour Trucks to have 5, 8, even 10 drivers lined up for a player, all with the exact same specs. The pro would hit all of them and then pick the one to put in their bag. I got to talk with the reps a couple times and they said it was pretty simple: there are too many variables to ensure that identical drivers are, in fact, identical and tour pros could tell the difference.

Granted, that was 18 years ago, but still. Wouldn't surprise me if there was still some truth to this...

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47 minutes ago, greggarner said:

I used to work at a course that hosted a TOUR stop and Monday/Tuesday it was VERY common for the Tour Trucks to have 5, 8, even 10 drivers lined up for a player, all with the exact same specs. The pro would hit all of them and then pick the one to put in their bag. I got to talk with the reps a couple times and they said it was pretty simple: there are too many variables to ensure that identical drivers are, in fact, identical and tour pros could tell the difference.

Granted, that was 18 years ago, but still. Wouldn't surprise me if there was still some truth to this...

Should still hold true. There is error inherent in manufacturing stuff that has such a small window for specs!

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4 hours ago, greggarner said:

I used to work at a course that hosted a TOUR stop and Monday/Tuesday it was VERY common for the Tour Trucks to have 5, 8, even 10 drivers lined up for a player, all with the exact same specs. The pro would hit all of them and then pick the one to put in their bag. I got to talk with the reps a couple times and they said it was pretty simple: there are too many variables to ensure that identical drivers are, in fact, identical and tour pros could tell the difference.

Granted, that was 18 years ago, but still. Wouldn't surprise me if there was still some truth to this...

Yep. I’ve heard the same thing from several sources. My replacement head is certainly better than the one replaced. I’ve got 2-9 hole rounds in with the new head. Knocking on wood...but, I’ve hit most of the fairways and drives are definitely longer and dispersion is better! My confidence level is at an all time high with the boom stick. 

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:taylormade-small: TM SIM Titanium 5W - Diamana LTD 75 Stiff

:srixon-small: A-4iron ZX7 - Nippon Modus 120 Stiff

:srixon-small: 3 iron (20*) - Recoil F4 Stiff Shaft

:Miura: 55* K-Grind Miura

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I game a TM M3 9.5° driver (tour issue at 9.9°) and love the driver.  I realize some day this very issue can happen.  Of course the driver in the picture (1950 MacGregor 693) is 72 years old and will last another 72 years in the hands of someone who is a good ball striker.  They don't build them to last like they used to.   😄

 

This is one of several classic MacGregor woods in my collection.

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3W:  TaylorMade M4 15°, Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7S

Hybrid:  TaylorMade Sim2 2 Iron Hybrid 17°, Mitsubishi Tensai AV Raw Blue 80 stiff

Irons:  Ben Hogan Icon blades 4-PW, Nippon Modus3 Tour 120 stiff

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My SIM broke in a similar way to the OP at the range last night. Hopefully TM is quick with the warranty as our golf season is short enough up here haha. 

Taylor Made Sim 9° (set to 10°) Hzrdus Smoke Yellow 6.5 60 Low Spin

Taylor Made M5 3 wood Diamana 80 S Flex

GAPR mid 3-hybrid FST KBS Hybrid Graphite shaft 

Titleist AP3 Project X 6.5 (4-gap wedge)

52° Titleist Vokey SM7 (12F)

56° Taylor Made Hi Toe KBS 120

Scotty Cameron Futura X5 / Scotty Cameron Futura 6M (SuperStroke 3.0 Slim)

Ball - Taylor Made TP5x

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Mine broke about a week ago, I kind of wish I would have gone directly through taylormade for the new head rather than where I bought it.

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Callaway epic flash sz 5 wood 17 degree tensi AV blue X

Mizuno CLK 19 degree tensi av blue X

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