TM SIM VS KE4 TC 1 st post updated
So I went onto the Sim today with a driver shootout in mind. I had my M5 9.0, ISO-T 10.5, new KE4 TC 10.0 and the new SIM 9.0
As a disclaimer for the ISO-T 10.5 it is not an ideal setup for me and I do much better with the 9.5. But I wanted something to judge the new KE4 TC. For those who do not know the KE4 is a brand new Maltby release that is cast TI and adjustable hosel. It has a single weight port and slight fins on the crown, like a Ping which is a departure for Maltby. Crown has a beautiful matte finish and the fins make it look like a shark..
I wish I had all matching shafts but that's not gonna happen. The Sim has a Hazardous Green 6.0. KE4 had an Xcaliber Superlite55 S tipped one inch. ISO-T had a Paderson Kinetixx S and the M5 had a Superlite55 S.
I decided to hit all of them 8 shots each and then drop it down to the top two. The SIM jumped out as an early leader then the KE4 followed by the M5. The ISO-T while being super consistent just spins too much to keep up with the other guys. Later in the week I hope to get my ISO-T 9.5 back for some more head to head. The M5 suffered from badly leaking out to the right but did it in a very tight group.
So It came down to the KE4 and the SIM. Both of these driver are obviously brand new to me so the learning curve was steep. The SIM was very consistent right out of the box and produced some great numbers that were very repeatable. The KE4 took a little more to get comfortable with but matched the SIM once I got it going.
What surprised me is how often I thought I hit a garbage shot with the SIM only to see it went just as far as all the rest. It was very forgiving on mishits... kind of in a freaky way.
The KE4 hit some of the longest of the day and I have yet to tinker with either club for launching both a bit higher. Feel and sound wise I have to give the nod to the SIM. It has a slightly softer feel and a little less impact noise. KE4 was just a bit firmer and only slightly louder.
On The numbers posted the KE4 carry was hampered by a 250 carry that I should have thrown out. But the numbers are very close. I actually got better ball speed per club head speed out of the KE4. The SIM had awesome club head speed but only matched the KE4 in ball speed. I also threw in a session with the ISO-T and you can see how those spin numbers just kill performance but the ball speed was right there even with lesser club head speed.
The SIM was 46" long with my other two being 45". On the Flightscope I have the SIM written down as an M6.
For the **** of it I switched to the E6 software and did a session with just the KE4. That setup has medium fairways and isnt as kind to roll out.
I have to say how surprised I was with the KE4 keeping up with the SIM. During the next week I'll get more data with comparisons after tweaking both clubs along with data that includes the ISO-T 9.5. All told I have $205 into the KE4. Not too shabby, well less than half price of the TM. I do have to say that the SIM is an amazing driver. Feel, consistency and looks are awesome. If I didn't care about cost I would lean towards the TM.
I ran them a second time with matching shafts. Xcaliber Superlite55 S tipped an inch, 45", same grip. I hit 5 of the SIM and the 5 of the KE4. reviewed the data and then hit 5 more of each.
The KE4 edged out the SIM in overall distance. Matched it in balls speed and spun the ball 300+ rpms less. The SIM is faster in club head speed so the aero is certainly working but it disnt translate into club head speed.
The data shows these clubs are certainly close with just a bit of a nod to the KE4. For a club that is well below half the cost,,, for me the choice is simple.
I'm sure either club with time and tweaking can be made to give better results but I wanted as close a comparison as possible. The KE4 gives up nothing to the SIM.
I also repeated the test on the E6 software and its negligible which is better after hitting 3 a piece. KE4 is the first picture.
KE4 again bettered the SIM. Didnt expect to see anything different..... Dont sleep on these KE4 heads.