Best Golf Clubs for Senior Golfers: The Driver

In the last month or so, we have been getting numerous requests asking for advice on what golf clubs are the best for senior golfers, golfers over 50. In this article we will specifically address what are the best golf drivers for senior golfers and for swing speeds less than 110 mph.

Best golf clubs for seniorsThe primary reason why golfers over 50 need to take a longer look at the driver they choose, is because swing speeds tend to slow down with age.

Especially if you are not involved with a program like Age Defying Golf Rx or Age Defying Golf Ez. Unless addressed, the body of the senior golfer will lose strength and golf flexibility needed to play good golf. However, our studies indicate that after you pass the age of 75, your swing speed will slow down regardless.

So we wanted to give golfers over 50, this simple resource to help pick out a driver that will maximize their distance and accuracy. Here goes….

The Pieces to Golf Power

Before we get into specific driver recommendations, I wanted to cover the component component that is most important: Launch angle.

Launch angle is the angle that the ball flies at from initial contact with the driver club face. The degree of launch angle that you want with a swing speed less than 110 mph, is a lot. Maximum launch angle.

One of the components of launch angle, is the degree of loft in the driver. Here is a general guideline:

  • 60 to 70 mph = 13-15 degrees
  • 70 to 80 mph = 12-14 degrees
  • 80 to 90 mph = 11-13 degrees
  • 90 to 10 mph = 10-12 degrees
  • 100 mph + = 9-11 degrees

Additional components of launch angle include swing speed and shaft flex.

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How to Increase Swing Speed

1. Choose a lighter shaft. Golfers with slower swing speeds should almost never have a shaft weighing more than 60grams. With improving technology, you can now get very good golf shafts that weigh 50-55 grams. With a lighter shaft, not only will your swing speed increase, but you will be able to swing with less effort and better timing.

2. Distribution of Shaft Weight. Changing the weight distribution (more weight towards the grip end vs driver end) may help improve both distance and accuracy, especially with light weight drivers. This has not been thoroughly tested but there is growing anecdotal evidence that it worth trying. Particularly, changing the distribution from a D:3 to a D:0. Any club fitter can do this with ease.

3. Choose a Longer Shaft. I hear from older golfers all the time that they hit the driver dead straight every time but it only goes 200 yards. Here is an easy solution. If driver accuracy is not a problem for you, get a longer shaft. Try adding 1″. A longer shaft means more width and more swing speed from your driver.

Shaft Flex for Senior Golf Distance

Shaft flex is one of those things that you just need to see the golf pro about. Generally, the slower the swing speed, the more flex you want in your shaft.

However, I prefer to leave speculation behind and see how the the different shafts affect my launch angle with a launch monitor and seeing what it does on the range.

Drivers Tested Best with Swing Speeds Less than 100 MPH. Now with the basics covered, it’s time to drill down on specific drivers that work best for golfers over 50. These drivers were tested with consistent shaft flex, degree of loft, and swing speed.

The Top 3…in no particular order

Adams Speedline S

Adams Golf Men's Speedline Super S Driver

Adams Golf Men’s Speedline Super S Driver

i need more golf power

The Adams Speedline S has been getting the heap of the praise as the longest and most accurate driver for golfers with swing speeds less than 100 MPH. I have read several analysis of this driver where golfers report substantially better performance with a D:0 swing weight instead of the standard D:3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Callaway X-Hot Driver

Callaway X Hot Driverr

Callaway X Hot Driver, Right Handed

i need more golf power

Depending on your reference, the Callaway X-Hot Driver may been an even better pick than the Adams. This driver is a solid pick.  I purchased my last August….no regrets here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ping G25 Driver

Used Ping G25 Driver 10.50 Degrees Graphite Regular Right Handed 45.25 Inches

Used Ping G25 Driver 10.50 Degrees Graphite Regular Right Handed 45.25 Inches

i need more golf power

Last, but not least, the Ping G25 scored very well on both accuracy and distance for swing speeds less than 100 MPH.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which One Should You Choose…?

The results from these three drivers is negligible. Which one you choose comes down to your preference in brands and looks. Ask yourself, which one of these best exudes confidence when you look down at it addressing the golf ball.

Honorable Mentions:

Rounding out the top drivers for golfers with swing speeds less than 100 include the Wilson D100 and the Ping Anser.

Wilson Staff Men’s D100 Golf Driver

Wilson Staff Men's D100 Golf Driver

Wilson Staff Men’s D100 Golf Driver

i need more golf power

I quite like the performance of the Wilson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Ping Golf Anser 10.5* Driver Regular Flex (TFC 800D)

Drivers to Avoid:

If your golf speed swing is less than 100 mph, these two drivers are not a good option despite good reviews on Amazon! Both of them performed very poorly for this swing speed group.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme Right Hand, Graphite Driver , 9.5 Loft, Stiff Flex, Tour Grade Aldila Trinity Shaft

Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme Driver

Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme Driver

i need more golf power

Graphite Taylor Made Men’s R1 Driver, Regular Right Hand

TaylorMade Men's R1 Driver

TaylorMade Men’s R1 Driver

i need more golf power

Thanks for Reading!

Dr. Ryan York, DPT CGS
Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Golf Performance Specialist

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22 Responses to Best Golf Clubs for Senior Golfers: The Driver

  1. Joey Steed January 27, 2015 at 11:25 am #

    I have a Cleveland XL Classic and my swing speed is in the upper 80’s. Compared to other drivers, it’s very light weight. When I got it a few month ago my distance improved by 20 to 30 yards. I hit my longest drive ever with this club — about 260 yards. I tried Adams, Callaway, and Taylormade but the Cleveland worked best for me. I got it used off ebay and I only paid $50 (that included shipping). If you’re looking for a good, slightly used and light weight affordable driver check out the Cleveland’s on eBay! Also, the right ball makes all the difference in the world. For straight and longer drives try the Bridgestone e6 balls. I swear by them.

    • Dr. Ryan York January 31, 2015 at 11:09 pm #

      Thanks for sharing Joey, thats great to hear you are enjoying the Cleveland XL Classic and its making a difference. I agree on the Bridgestones e6 balls, they are an excellent choice. Having golf equipment which makes a visible difference is extremely satisfying and encouraging to keep improving and enjoying this great game.

      Cheers,
      Dr Ryan York

    • Angel Emma Megan July 25, 2016 at 3:10 am #

      Thank you so much for this article–so many helpful tips here. But, I just saw this post (“On the 5th of March, 2015 Ben Hogan’s real golf swing secret was accidentally discovered by a man named Jeff Richmond”) and actually was reading about this same topic the other day. I did some searching around and stumbled onto this cool article… I thought it was helpful… https://consistentgolfreview.wordpress.com

  2. vic de carlo June 19, 2015 at 5:05 pm #

    I tried the Cleveland 588 Altitude in A flex and it will be finding a new home. Keeping my ’09 Nike Dymo2 for now. I did aftermarket reshaft it with a Grafalloy Pro Launch Axis A flex and though sensitive to tee height it’s a steady Eddy kind of club. Not the longest but teed right it shoots darts on the fairway. Remember the Cobra M speed 460 offset driver? Just traded online for one @ 13.5 L flex. Not concerned if the 45gm shaft works for me as reshafting that head is factored in already. Just tons of technology out there now and I’ve tried my share but one might consider previous Titanium models that worked fine before we got the tech ‘bug’ and adjusted to $400. drivers. And they can be bought at a nice price point. This club is in great shape and cost me $39.99!

    • Dan Gallacher August 2, 2015 at 6:20 pm #

      I agree with you Vic. I have Cobra Titanium driver from 2005 which i reshafted to a senior shaft and it works great…just as good as the hi tech stuff (which I’ve tried) on today’s market at very high prices. Also have 2006 King Cobra set of Hyper steel woods which work exceedingly well. I hit them long and straight!

  3. Meghan Johnson July 13, 2015 at 8:58 pm #

    Do you have recommendations for irons and\or hybrids for senior women in this category?

  4. Patrick Loughran July 25, 2015 at 1:32 am #

    Liked your advice in the process of shopping for a new driver soon. I hope to go for a fitting at my local Golf Mart. I like there policy of if not satisfied return within 90 days and try another….Thanks

  5. Jeff Fones October 31, 2015 at 1:14 am #

    Too little is written about those of us over 70. I have tried numerous drivers with ‘A’ shafts and lofts up to 13.5*. (Pretty much the highest loft available from the major manufacturers) But a friend suggested contacting a fitter and getting a set of Tom Wishon’s 730CL clubs. They are built ONLY for swing speeds under 80. Mine is 75. I had a set made and it is quite a learning experience. I’ve had to learn to swing easy with a smooth stroke. But I am gaining distance and accuracy without having to overswing for distance. For me a very big difference is no back pain.
    Worth a look for seniors with swings under 80.

  6. Greg Plotts November 7, 2015 at 8:52 pm #

    Any reports on King Cobra L4V? A friend let me hit his 9* reg. flex. I do not have a fast swing
    and it turned out one of the best drivers I’ve every played with. Bought one on ebay 10*, alas
    no 9*.

  7. Dave Clink February 12, 2016 at 4:54 pm #

    I have been building clubs since the early 90’s. Actually more of an assembler in my opinion since I buy Maltby components. I did the self taught course and fitting and building. I have two drivers. One is the MR Big from Maltby (discontinued) and also one called Sooo Long from integra. One is 505 CC and the other is 650cc. I hit both well off the tee but the Integra is my most used. It has a stiff shaft likely because it is max length ~48″. As far as shaft flex I think you may agree their still isn’t an industry standard (like you find on arrows for compound bows). Low and high kick point and all the hype on a plethora of shafts makes the selection staggering. Maybe by definition. My issue at age 69 is not the driver distance but my approach shots. I built the 3,5,7,9, and 11 woods because I find woods easier to hit. I only carry 7-SW in irons. Maltby KE-4 with regular steel shafts. I get disappointing distances on all approace shots especially irons. I am 6’3 and 275# and I have X-large hands and had to go to the Jumbo-Max grips. I am not sure what to do to regain more distance with approach clubs (woods and irons) I did the launch monitor at Gold Galaxy and they recommended 1″ longer shafts on irons and .5: on woods. I did that on irons but left the woods alone. Since they had no clubs that fit these specs I couldn’t try other brands to see what may improve my approach club distance. My club head speed on driver was high 90’s. Today I have to use a 7 wood or more to reach from 150 yards when the 9 wood was adequate before. I find I am often hitting a 7 iron on short par 3’s and being short. If I try to swing harder I tend to loose my mechanics and hit fat shots. In reality I suspect the only real contribution hardware can make is in the shaft. Just need some help figuring which one. FYI I am mostly a bogie golfer.

    • Willie willams October 8, 2016 at 7:04 pm #

      Hey Clinker..go try the new Mamyia recoil (graphite) shafts, think you will see a difference. Callaway uses them in the xr16 os clubs.

  8. Richard Demarais February 17, 2016 at 6:24 pm #

    I use a older taylor made burner 9.5 degree. the shaft is RE AX 49 flex regular mid tip. Some of that I don’t understand. Anyway I am 73 swing speed is little over 80 so I fall in the 80-90. Iam thinking of a different driver for better distance. I used my wife’s taylormade Aero HL and it feels pretty good and is lighter. what would be about the same in a mens driver? From your articls it appears the I may lean to Callaway X hot 11-13 degree with shaft lighter then 60 grams with regular flex! Not sure on the flex part?? Appreciate comments

  9. Richard Demarais February 17, 2016 at 6:26 pm #

    Articles I think will be helpfull

  10. Montree April 12, 2016 at 10:05 am #

    Here with some features of the Callaway X Hot Driver
    1.Technology; Hosel adjusts the face angle in Open, Square or Closed positions to improve accuracy and trajectory, and allows golfers to dial in their preferred look at address

    2.Speed Frame Face Technology; A combination of VFT and Hyperbolic Face Technology creates a larger sweet spot and increases ball speeds across the steel face for longer, more consistent distance

    3.Thinnest casting technology ever creates a lighter overall configuration to promote more distance; Draw Bias Progression changes the amount of draw bias depending on the loft, which allows golfers to better fine tune their shot shape

    Read More : http://www.golfswinganalysers.com/callaway-x-hot-driver/

  11. Denny May 2, 2016 at 3:49 am #

    What do you think of the Wilson Profile XLS? I like that they provide multiple options for custom fitting i.e. one can select the preferred material, flex and orientation.

  12. Baljit Singh July 17, 2016 at 8:51 am #

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  13. Robert Fitzgibbons July 23, 2016 at 3:30 pm #

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  14. Robert Fitzgibbons July 23, 2016 at 6:06 pm #

    Thanks, it was very helpful.

  15. Mark Uttich August 18, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

    Dr.

    I really enjoyed your evaluation of golf equipment for seniors. Do you work with folks if they call you or visit you? If so, what kind of charges should I plan for? I am about to turn 68, have had some health problems over the last year that caused my to become weaker and to lose distance. I have been as low as a 5 but really need to look at equipment to see if I can get the most out of ability at this stage of my life.

    Playing from the senior tees, these days I can still shoot in the high 70’s and low 80’s.

    Thank you,

    Mark

  16. Ken Rygler August 24, 2016 at 3:28 am #

    Please put me on your mailing list.

  17. Terry November 24, 2016 at 6:07 am #

    How do I hit my Driver consistantly without slicing and also get more distance

  18. Terry November 24, 2016 at 6:10 am #

    How do I hit my Driver consistantly without slicing and get more distance

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