A new year brings a fresh lineup of golf clubs from the industry’s biggest brands. TaylorMade, Ping, and Callaway have all announced their latest models of drivers, woods, hybrids, and irons. There will be plenty of new options to choose from as you look to upgrade your bag this year. Take a look at what are sure to be the most popular new 2021 golf clubs.
SIM2 drivers, fairway wood, hybrids, and irons.
Last year, TaylorMade saw huge success with their redesigned driver, the SIM. It was one of the best selling clubs on the market, easily outdoing the M5 and M6 models from the previous year. For 2021, TaylorMade has come back with an upgraded version: the SIM2. With a fully carbon crown and sole to reduce weight, more focus has been given to elements that create forgiveness. The twist face technology that TaylorMade has used since the M3 and M4 line returns. TaylorMade has pushed for a longer and more forgiving driver than the SIM. Notably absent however is a weight track on the sole of any variation of the driver.
The line extends to new fairway woods and hybrids as well. The SIM2 Max and Max D woods should work for most golfers, while the SIM2 Ti will fit those looking for a high launch and low spin wood. The SIM2 Max Rescue and the SIM2 Rescue fill the hybrid spots.
In addition to the metalwoods, TaylorMade will release the SIM2 and SIM2 Max irons. While both models duplicate many of the features of last year’s SIMs, they have one major difference. The Speed Bridge (in use since the M5 and M6 irons) that connected the sole to the topline has been replaced with a “Cap Back Design” that connects the topline from heel to toe. It should create more ball speed and a larger sweetspot.
Read more about the specifications for the SIM2 line here.
Release date: February 19, 2021.
- SIM2, SIM2 Max, SIM2 Max D driver: $529.99
- SIM2 fairway wood: $399.99
- SIM2 Max, SIM2 Max D fairway wood: $299.99
- SIM2 Rescue hybrid: $279.99
- SIM2 Rescue Max hybrid: $249.99
- SIM2 Max and SIM2 Max OS irons: $799.99 steel, $899.99 graphite.
G425 drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, crossover, irons.
The G410 driver was one of the fastest and most consistent drivers in the field since its release. Can Ping improve on that design with the G425? They’ll give it a shot with three variations: the MAX, SFT, and LST. Ping is notorious for consistency and longevity in design. New elements and innovations are never made at the cost of sacrificing something that is proven to work well. We see many of their older clubs maintain their value much longer than others. Much of the technology from the G400 and G410 is present in the G425. Titanium continues to be the main component. The turbulator design carries over as well. The biggest differences come in the cosmetic design, added adjustable weight, higher MOI and deeper CG. The biggest selling point? The G425 MAX is boasted as the most forgiving driver that Ping has ever put on the market.
The G425 fairway woods and hybrids are also built as improvements without drastic changes to the previous model. Ping prefers to put an emphasis on maximum forgiveness and playability over speed in their woods, and that hasn’t changed with this model. While the G425 features small enhancements meant to increase speed, the gains aren’t flashy. Ping remains consistent in making small changes with each model without risking a loss in technology that is proven to work. One big difference – the turbulators do not carry over from the drivers like they did in previous woods.
The G425 irons are notable for the removal of COR-Eye – the face-flexing technology that Ping has used in irons since 2015. Ping is seeking to add more ball speed and distance to its irons this year, and that meant a farewell to COR-Eye. Instead, the irons feature a metalwood style of variable face thickness. The 425 irons have a smaller profile than the 410s (but same sized hittable face area), with a higher MOI.
Read more about the specifications for the G425 lines here.
Release date: February 4, 2021.
- G425 MAX, SFT, LST driver: $539.99
- G425 MAX, SFT, LST fairway wood: $299.99
- G425 hybrid: $269.99
- G425 Crossover: $229.99
- Ping G425 irons: $1100 steel, $1200 graphite.
2021 Epic drivers and fairway woods.
The Callaway Epic was one of the best selling clubs of 2017. It introduced the Jailbreak Technology that has been a key feature in every Callaway driver since. This year, Callaway has returned to the Epic name, with a driver that they put forth as the fastest driver they’ve ever produced, as they continue to build on the Jailbreak Technology. While the Jailbreak Technology was designed to vertically stiffen the face and create more ballspeed, the new Jailbreak Speed Frame works to stiffen the face horizontally as well. An enhanced composite crown should add more forgiveness. The Epic Speed, Epic Max, and Epic Max LS make up the new driver line. The Max LS is meant to be the most playable player’s driver that Callaway has ever released.
The Epic Speed and Epic Max fairway woods will feature Jailbreak A.I. Velocity Blades, technology meant to increase ball speed while creating a club that is still easy to launch.
Read more about the specifications for the 2021 Epic line here.
Release date: February 18, 2021.
- Epic Speed, Epic Max, and Epic LS drivers: $529.99.
- Epic Speed, Epic Max fairway woods: $299.99.
Apex 21 irons and hybrids.
Callaway’s Apex irons are consistently one of the most sought-after models on the market. The Apex 21 model should be no different. In addition to an upgraded standard model, Callaway is also releasing new Apex Pro and Apex DCB models. The standard model features five-times more tungsten than the 2019 version. As always, the irons are built to improve forgiveness and ball speed. The completely new Apex Pro irons have a hollow-body and are meant for better players, with smaller heads, weaker lofts, and thinner top lines. The Apex DCB is the Deep Cavity Back model, a game-improvement iron with more loft, a wider sole, and more offset. It features the same technology as the other two models, but with a larger head and sole.
The new iteration of the Apex hybrid is now known as the Apex Pro. The Apex name goes to a brand new hybrid that’s been designed as a game improvement model. The club is meant to work for players looking for extra ballspeed and forgiveness. The Apex Pro will be more fitting for better players in need of an iron-replacement option.
Release date: February 11, 2021.
- Apex 21, 21 Pro, 21 DCB irons: $1,295 steel, $1,400 graphite.
- Apex 21 and Apex 21 Pro hybrids: $269.99
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