You’ve finally reached retirement age and are ready to spend your days on the green — forget traveling or piddling around the house, your big dream is golf. It’s a great sport for seniors, or anybody who likes drinking up sunshine, but you want to make sure you’ve got the right gear so you get the most out of your time on the course. Your driver is the most expensive club in your bag, so it’s a good place to start looking for the best clubs your retirement dollar can buy.
Choosing the Best Senior Golf Drivers
It’s a song you’ll hear over and over again, the best clubs of any kind are the ones that give you confidence and fit you best. Just because you’re a senior, that doesn’t mean that you’re going to be pigeon-holed into a particular set of clubs. Your swing speed and consistency are much bigger factors in choosing the best drivers for you than your age. Casual golfers have much different needs than professional players, but those needs are based on ability.
If you’ve been a casual golfer your whole life, or are just starting the game, game improvement drivers like the Callaway X Hot driver, Cleveland Classic, or one of the adjustable TaylorMade drivers are a good place to start your search. These clubs all feature large club heads, big, forgiving faces, and offer flexible shaft options for players who need a little more help getting power behind their ball.
TaylorMade drivers in particular have cornered the market for casual players — their focus is on game improvement, although their Tour lines will meet the needs of more advanced players. If you think you’re going to be playing a lot, choosing a highly adjustable driver like the TaylorMade R1 adjustable driver or TaylorMade R11S driver will allow your club to grow with you as you improve.
Better players who clock swing speeds over 100 miles per hour are usually happier with professional level clubs, and nobody does professional better than Titleist. There’s a reason they’re the most popular clubs on Tour and it’s because they get results. If you’re a low handicapper with a fast swing, the 912 or 913 series drivers could be for you.
The bottom line is that it doesn’t matter if you’re a man, woman, child, or senior, the clubs that fit you best and you play best with depend more on your ability than anything else. Stop by your local pro shop for a fitting and hit a few drivers until you find one that really speaks to you. Whether you borrow them from a friend or a club dealer looking to make a sale, the information you get on a simulator or a driving range is way more valuable than some formula for success at golf after a certain age.