Best Drivers For Seniors

 
Getting the right driver can mean more yards off the tee, shorter irons and wedges into greens, and lower scores. As players age and swing speed diminish, it becomes more important to get every bit of distance possible out of your equipment. Senior golfers can make the most of their swings by getting the right driver setup for their bags.

The right driver for you is custom built for your swing and it is important that you understand the difference between models so that you can make an informed buying decision. With so much information out there, we have simplified the driver buying experience into a guide tailored for the senior golfer. Below you will find an outline of the most important components of driver technology and the ways they each can help your game.

 

Top 6 Best Drivers for Seniors for 2019

 

Best Overall
PING G410 Plus Driver
  • Faster, streamlined design reduces drag
  • T9S+ face powers a thinner, hotter impact area for high ball speeds and distance
  • Turbulators reduce aerodynamic drag and create more efficient airflow around head
Best Speed
TaylorMade M6 Driver
  • Speed Injection process is designed to maximize ball speed and distance
  • Revolutionary new face curvature with a corrective face angle on off center hits
  • Aerodynamic shaping designed to provide increased club head speed for more distance
Best Feel
Callaway Epic Flash Driver
  • Flash Face to help golfers get more ball speed for more distance
  • Using A. I. - to create a radically different face
  • Two internal bars that stiffen and stabilize the crown and sole
Most Accurate
TaylorMade M5 Driver
  • Speed Injection process is designed to maximize ball speed and distance
  • Revolutionary new face curvature with a corrective face angle on off center hits
  • Inverse T-Track enables two 10g weights to be maneuvered for optimal spin and trajectory
Best Spin
Cobra F9 Speedback Driver
  • Optimization of aerodynamics and low CG, making it one of the fastest and longest drivers
  • Speedback Technology delivers a highly aerodynamic clubhead design
  • The addition of a low, multi-material tungsten weight structure creates a low, deep CG
Best Value
Mizuno Golf ST190 Driver
  • SP700 Titanium Face for greater responsive force for increased ball speed and distance
  • Carbon Composite Crown allows weight to be moved low within the clubhead
  • Quick Switch Adaptor for defined loft/lie settings

 

Drivers with the Best Value

 

Best Value
TaylorMade M3 Driver 460
  • New face provides more loft in high-toe & less loft in low-heel for more consistent spin
  • New sole slot implemented into our most adjustable driver for the first time
  • The center portion of the slot increases ball speed low on the face
Best Value
TaylorMade M4 Driver
  • New face curvature w/corrective face angle on off-center hits, to deliver straighter shots
  • Reinforced outer portions of the slot allow for a lighter, more flexible face
  • The center portion of the slot increases ball speed low on the face
Best Value
Cobra King F8+ Driver Nardo
  • First fully Machined driver face is CNC milled to create our thinnest, hottest, and most precise face
  • Maximum club head speed from 360 Aero-Innovative Tips
  • A lighter 5-ply carbon fiber crown saves weight to move the CG lower and deeper
Best Value
Callaway Golf Men's Rogue Driver
  • Exceptional Ball Speed from The Jailbreak Effect
  • More MOI and Forgiveness from Our Triaxial Carbon Crown
  • Industry-leading Boeing Aero Package
Best Value
Cleveland Golf Men's HB Driver
  • Lightweight design provides exceptional ball speeds
  • Thinner face and aerodynamic head allow for extra distance
  • No tinkering needed to obtain great consistency

 

When Do You Use A Golf Driver?

when to use a driver
Always use a tee when hitting with your golf driver.

Golfers use their drivers on par-4 and par-5 holes or anytime they need maximum distance for their golf shot. Highly skilled players opt to play their drivers off the ground when trying to reach long par-4s or par-5 greens. These shots are very difficult and are not recommended for most players.
 

Finding the Best Driver for Your Golf Game

Each golfer’s swing is unique. These differences mean that no one driver is perfect for all players. However, it is likely that one driver will give you advantages over other models given it configuration and match to your delivery characteristics. The best way to find your ideal driver is to test several models in-hand and get real-time numbers on how your golf ball is performing. Seeing a local club fitter with great knowledge about equipment is recommended. Understand what makes drivers different is an important place to start.
 

Budget

Budget is not to be overlooked when it comes to equipment purchases. While the latest technology may offer the widest array of custom options and demo availability, finding a great club on the second-hand market or a prior generation driver is a great way to save money and improve your bag. In golf equipment, price is not always correlative to performance and getting what is best for you is most important.
 

Key Factors in Creating the Ideal Golf Shot

The ideal golf ball flight is different for each player. Some players want to see the golf ball curve right to left. Others feel more comfortable with a shot that curves left to right. No matter what your preference, there are certain benchmarks that can help you know when you are reaching your maximum performance. Understanding important club fitting terms will help you know when you are getting the most from your new driver. To simplify things, we have outlined several below.

Ball Speed

ball speed
Ball Speed. Source adamyounggolf

Ball speed is the velocity in which the golf ball leaves the club face immediately after impact. This speed is limited by the rules of golf and cannot exceed 1.5 times the speed that your swing the golf club at. That means for every one mile per hour of club head speed you have, you can achieve 1.5 miles per hour of ball speed. For players swinging at 100 miles per hour, their ball speed can be up to 150 miles per hour. Anything less than that and there are improvements to be made through equipment or technique.

Launch Angle

launch angle
Launch Angle. Source adamyounggolf

Launch angle is the angle the golf ball leaves the club face at relative to the ground. For most players, this angle should be between 12 and 15 degrees depending on swing speed and desired shot type.
 

The launch angle of your driver shots are determined by four critical factors:

    Static Clubface Loft =The static loft is the loft marked on the drivers head. This is the angle of the center of the club face while the golf club is at rest.

    Dynamic Loft =As players swing the golf club, they use angles in their arms, wrists, and hands to deliver the club face to the golf ball. This manipulation causes the delivered loft to differ from the static loft frequently. Golfers can deliver less loft or more loft than what is written on their driver. This angle is the most important loft angle as it dictates how the golf ball leaves the club face.

    Angle of Attack (AoA) =Another component of the golf swing is the downwards or upwards angle players use to hit the golf ball. The degree of your attack angle can launch the golf ball higher or lower among players..

    Impact Location =An often unknown element of launch angle is the location on the club face the golf ball is struck. Shots struck higher on the club face will launch higher. Lower struck golf shots will launch lower.

Launch angle is a great place to begin your club fitting search but other factors will build your carry distance and total distance measurements.

Ball Spin

ball spin
Ball Travel.

The spin rate of your golf shots will have a large impact on how the golf ball flies through the air. Backspin is often talked about in its influence on distance. Players that optimize their backspin rates can get more distance and more roll out from each club in their bag. Golf balls also spin to the side causing curvature that can rob the players of distance or cause their golf balls to fly out of play. Balancing all of these spin types is critical in configuring your ideal fitting driver.

Here are some of the ways sidespin occurs, and what it does to your golf shot

Draw

A draw is a golf shot that curves right to left for the right-handed golfer and left to right for the left-handed golfer. These shots are produced by golf swings that come more from the inside with a club face closed to the path.

Fade

A fade is a golf shot that curves left to right for the right-handed golfer and right to left for the left-handed golfer. These shots are produced by golf swings that come more from the outside with a club face open to the path.

Topspin

Topspin is dangerous and will cause your golf ball to fall quickly out of the air. Topspin is usually the result of a severe misstrike. Topspin should not be confused with too little backspin which can have a similar effect on your golf shots.

Backspin

Backspin helps create lift during the flight of the golf ball. This lift gives players more yardage. Too much backspin, however, can create excess lift that robs players of both carry distances and roll out. Golf shots with too little backspin fly low and fall short of maximum distances. Golf shots with too much backspin often fly very high and stop quickly once landing.

 

Top Rated Golf Drivers Features

While each driver model is unique in its aesthetics and internal compositions, commonalities exist so that players can match their swing types to different offerings. Understanding the individual parts of the driver build will help you to complete your new club. A well-match driver club head, shaft, and grip will give you the longer, straighter, more consistent golf shots that we are all looking for.

Shaft

shaft
Types of Golf Shafts. Source callawaygolf

Finding the right shaft is difficult to do and is subjective for each golfer. Golf shafts come in a wide range of weights, flexes, bend profiles, and prices that can make finding your ideal match challenging. The best way to know which shaft is right for your swing is to try different models to see which one you are most comfortable with. Shafts should be thought of as timing devices that help you deliver the club head back to the golf ball with a desired, repeatable pattern.

Most driver shafts will weigh between 40- and 90-grams and range from ladies flex to tour-extra-stiff. Senior, regular, stiff, and extra-stiff options are also available to help you dial in your feel and tempo preferences. Faster swinging players often choose shafts in the 60- to 80-gram range and in stiff to tour-extra-stiff flexes. Slower swinging players may find that shafts between 40- and 60-grams are best for them. It is important not to rule out any option for yourself until trying them as these are simply guidelines and not without exception.

Head Size

driver head size
There many head sizes. Source golf.com

Modern drivers have club head volumes between 440 cubic centimeters and 460 cubic centimeters. The 460 cubic centimeters, cc, size is the largest golf clubs can be made without being deemed illegal for competition. Differences in size can lead to differences in performance. However, drivers can vary greatly in shape and appearance with changing in size.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Asking questions is a great way to learn more about golf equipment and which models are best for your game. Below we have provided some of the most common questions associated with golf drivers.
 

Q: How Do I Measure A Golf Driver’s Shaft Length?

A: Using a 48-inch measuring stick or tape measure, set the driver up in a playing position as it if where resting behind a golf ball. Align the measuring device along the golf club shaft, the distance from the butt end of the grip to the bottom of the golf driver is the total club length. The distance between the butt end of the grip and the hosel is the shaft length.
 

Q: Driver vs Woods: What is the Difference?

A: Drivers and fairway woods can appear similar and have corresponding technology packed into each of them. Often even given the same name, it can be confusing knowing why they are separate clubs. Drivers are designed to strike the golf ball from a tee. Fairway woods have soles crafted to help players hit the golf ball from the tee or the ground. Often, drivers have lower lofts than fairway woods and will hit the golf ball further. However, lofts can change between models and certain swing types will find that they hit their fairway woods as far, or farther than drivers.
 

Q: What is an Adjustable Driver, and Does it Really Matter?

A: Adjustable drivers have given playres and golf club fitters more options than ever before. Adjustable hosels help create a wide variety of face angles and static lofts to help players dial in their launch angle and shot shape preferences. Moveable weights help players relocate centers of gravity and create thousands of possible custom fit options. Choosing the right club head and complimenting that with the correct hosel and weight settings can mean more yards and lower scores.
 

Q: How Do You Know if a Driver is USGA Conforming?

A: As new golf clubs are released, they are tested to ensure that they are not giving players an artificial advantage over the golf course or their competition. The United States Golf Association publicizes a conforming list that includes all of the clubs that are tested and proven to comply with the rules of golf. This list can be found at the link provided.

http://www.usga.org/ConformingGolfClub/ConformingClubList_M.pdf

 

Best Driver for Seniors

 

1. PING G410 Plus Driver


The Ping G410 Plus driver is the first ever Ping driver with adjustable weight technology. The ability to precisely fit a driver to your swing take the impressive G400 range of drivers from Ping to a new level. The most advanced driver Ping has ever created, the G410 Plus is the standout performer for the 2019 season. The ideal balance of distance and forgivenss, club speed and ball speed, and looks and sounds, the G410 is the complete package from one of the most trusted brands in golf.

PRODUCT DETAILS
OUR RATING
  • Set of 2 golf driver. Faster, streamlined design reduces drag over previous models to increase distance and club head speed
  • Forged, high-strength T9S+ face powers a thinner, hotter impact area for high ball speeds and distance
  • More efficient crown Turbulators reduce aerodynamic drag and create more efficient airflow around head

 
 

2. TaylorMade M6 Driver

 


TaylorMade is loud in its choice of color and exterior visual design. The M6 is loud in performance and simplicity. M6 just works. M6 is forgiving, fast, and at the absolute boundary for available ball speeds. Injected Twist Face gives players more distance through legal limit ball speeds across the face. The inertia generator gives players more club head speed by optimizing their swing and impact conditions. The most forgiving model in TaylorMade’s 2019 line, the M6 is a must try for golfers of any ability.

PRODUCT DETAILS
OUR RATING
  • SPEED INJECTED: Every head is individually speed tested and injected with tuning resin to optimize COR across the entire face; The Speed Injection process is designed to maximize ball speed and distance in the M6 driver
  • TWIST FACE: Revolutionary new face curvature with a corrective face angle on off center hits, engineered to reduce side spin and deliver straighter shots
  • AERODYNAMIC CARBON SOLE DESIGN WITH "INERTIA GENERATOR": Sleek, aerodynamic shaping designed to provide increased club head speed for more distance

 
 

3. Callaway Epic Flash Driver

 


Using artificial intelligence to simulate thousands of strike locations, Callaway has created a Flash Face to give golfers more speed and more distance no matter where they strike the golf ball. The retention of Jailbreak in the all-new Epic Flash driver give players more margin for error as they swing the golf club. Getting more out of your swing means playing better golf without trying too hard. Light carbon crowns and adjustable perimeter weights help make the Epic Flash customizable to any swing type and playing style. Callaway is looking to stay on top of the driver market with the Epic Flash and Flash Face.

PRODUCT DETAILS
OUR RATING
  • The Callaway Epic Flash Driver employs a new technology called Flash Face to help golfers get more ball speed for more distance.
  • Flash Face's sophisticated architecture was created by Artificial Intelligence - the first known instance of using A. I. in the golf industry - to create a radically different face.
  • Jailbreak Technology features two internal bars that stiffen and stabilize the crown and sole, placing more impact load on the face to promote faster ball speed.

 
 

4. TaylorMade M5 Driver

 


TaylorMade gives players and club fitter more options with the M5 driver. The combination of Injected Twist Face, inverse T-track, and hammerhead 2.0 gives players the maximum amount of ball speed available in golf with the option to build a driver uniquely suited to them. The T-track gives hundreds of possible weight combinations for more swing weight and center of gravity optimization. The two-tone crown of M5 makes alignment easier and Twist-Face helps more players hit more fairways by eliminating more misses. Although it is priced higher than most, the M5 driver is an exceptional club and give limitless options for the serious golfer.

PRODUCT DETAILS
OUR RATING
  • SPEED INJECTED: Every head is individually speed tested and injected with tuning resin to optimize COR across the entire face; The Speed Injection process is designed to maximize ball speed and distance in the M6 driver
  • TWIST FACE: Revolutionary new face curvature with a corrective face angle on off center hits, engineered to reduce side spin and deliver straighter shots
  • INVERSE T-TRACK: The new, more efficient Inverse T-Track enables two 10g weights to be maneuvered for optimal spin and trajectory

 
 

5. Cobra F9 Speedback Driver

 


Cobra is trying to put more speed into every player’s game this season. The F9 Speedback driver is named due to its revolutionary aerodynamic design that hopes to add club head speed to all golfers. More club head speeds hold the potential for more distance and more distance can mean lower scores. Senior golfers may be uniquely suited to add club head speed due to their improved consistency and experience. F9 is visually striking but it packs performance to match. Already a winner on the PGA Tour, the F9 looks to make up for any disappointment in Cobra’s recent products.

PRODUCT DETAILS
OUR RATING
  • Speedback Technology-King F9 Speedback driver is the first of its kind to achieve true optimization of aerodynamics and low CG, making it the fastest, and longest COBRA driver.
  • Speedback Aero Design-Speedback Technology delivers a highly aerodynamic clubhead design
  • Low CG Speedback Weighting-The addition of a low, multi-material tungsten weight structure creates a low, deep CG

 
 

6. Mizuno Golf ST190 Driver

 


Mizuno is known for making some of the game’s best irons. Signature feels and forging process creates some of the most sought after clubs in golf. The ST 190 looks to expand Mizuno’s presence in player’s bags. The ST 190 uses a forged face and amplified wave sole technology to give players more speed, more distance, and more forgiveness. Harmonic impact technology brings the world-class feel of Mizuno irons to the driver and 2019 may be the first year Mizuno makes a name for themselves in the driver category.

PRODUCT DETAILS
OUR RATING
  • SP700 Titanium Face for greater responsive force for increased ball speed and distance
  • Carbon Composite Crown allows weight to be moved low within the clubhead
  • Quick Switch Adaptor for defined loft/lie settings

 
 
 

7. Callaway Flash Sub Zero Driver

 


The Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero driver is a low spin driver made for players of all abilities. The most forgiving driver in the low spin category, the Sub Zero is not off-limits to players of any skill level. If you need to shed backspin off the tee for more distance, the Epic Flash Sub Zero is a fantastic all-around golf club. Artificial intelligence inspired club face, Jailbreak, and an adjustable rear weight help bring more speed and lower spin to an all-new design. The Epic Flash Sub Zero was named the Most Wanted Driver by MyGolfSpy for 2019 and we agree with its outstanding performance.

PRODUCT DETAILS
OUR RATING
  • The Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero is the ultimate combination of low-spin and high MOI in a driver, led by new Flash Face Technology.
  • Flash Face's sophisticated architecture was created by Artificial Intelligence - the first known instance of using A.I.in the golf industry - to create a radically different face.
  • Jailbreak Technology features two internal bars that stiffen and stabilize the crown and sole, placing more impact load on the face to promote faster ball speed.

 
 

8. Srixon Z 785 Driver

 


Another brand looking to expand its presence in the United States market is Srixon Golf. A partner to Cleveland Golf, Srixon is most known for its irons and golf ball. The Z 785 driver is quickly picking up traction as it delivers outstanding performance and some of the fastest ball speeds of any golf club on the market. The Z 785 is a tour-inspired driver that produces longer drives through less spin and a penetrating trajectory. Players looking to dial in their game, tee-to-green can find more distance from the Z 785 driver from Srixon.

PRODUCT DETAILS
OUR RATING
  • Ti51AF Cup Face - Stronger, lighter, and faster: our new Ti51AF Cup Face produces exceptional ball speed for greater distance.
  • Lightweight Carbon - A lightweight carbon crown moves mass to the perimeter for more forgiving, more accurate drives.
  • Quick Tune System - Effortlessly adjust loft and swing weight with the Quick Tune Adjustment and Customization System.

 
 

9. Tour Edge Exotics EXS Driver

 


Players looking to save money but get an outstanding performing club need to be considering the Tour Edge Exotics EXS. This driver is one of the only top performing drivers available for less than $300. At that price, players can still afford to practice and play golf or fill out the rest of their bag. Don’t be fooled into thinking that paying less means getting less. The EXS driver is packed with flight tuning technology, variable face thickness, and a slipstream sole, all for more speed and forgiveness across the club face. Although it can be difficult to find and demo the EXS, the performance and price make it well worth the effort.

PRODUCT DETAILS
OUR RATING
  • FTS (Flight Tuning System) Allows adjustable sole weights to be moved to two alternate FTS settings
  • Rollface Technology
  • Dual Carbon Technology

 
 

10. Wilson Staff Driver

 


Wilson helps make the game simple and affordable for everyone. The Wilson Staff driver is an excellent fit for players that enjoy playing golf but do not want to be bothered to spend a whole paycheck for one club. Priced below $300, the Wilson Staff driver builds on decades of innovation to give players more distance and more forgiveness in a less-expensive package. If you can find the Wilson driver for a demo, you will be surprised at just how much money you can save and performance you can gain, even when compared to premium driver options.

PRODUCT DETAILS
OUR RATING
  • Superlight Design: Advanced materials and simplified construction result in a head weight of just 192g, allowing for greater ball speeds and maximum distance off the tee.
  • [K]composite Crown: A three-piece crown comprised of Kevlar layered between woven carbon fiber neutralizes vibration for a sharp, crisp sound and incredible feel.
  • Dynamic Launch Control: Internal weighting has been optimized depending on the loft. 9.0º driver features the weight forward. The 10.5º driver features weight in the mid sole and the 13º driver features weight towards the back and heel.

 
 

What Driver Should You Buy?

Every year, golf equipment manufacturers work hard to give consumers more options for their game. Different drivers will perform very differently depending on the golfer and their swing type. The right model for you is a combination of something you love the look of and that inspires you with confidence and gives you the maximum performance. Many times, if you fall in love with the color or shape of a driver, it can be configured to give you great performance without too much effort.

Understanding your swing and what you are looking to get from your new or current driver is a crucial place to start. Matching your golf swing to a club head can mean more distance and more accuracy. Choosing a shaft that compliments your driver can increase consistency and help you hit the best shots of your life at any age. Outfit your new stick with your grip of choice and be sure to remember that this too can affect the performance of all your clubs.

No matter your age or playing ability, having the best equipment for your game is mandatory for shooting your best scores round-after-round. Investing in properly fit equipment can make the game more fun and help you improve at any stage in your golfing career. Testing drivers in-hand is always the best way to know which model is right for you. Understanding the different parts and how they all work together can help you make decisions and understand why certain clubs work better in your hands than others. If you have more questions, be sure to check out our other guides and product reviews to outfit your entire golf bag. Thanks for reading and happy testing.

 

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