What is a good driver for a senior golfer ?
Male aged 60 years and of 21 handicap
There are many good drivers, but what makes them work for seniors, with slower swing speeds, is a more flexible (softer) shaft, with a low kick point (to get the ball in the air easier). Also, if your hands are stiff or a little arthritic, get an oversize grip which is easier to hold. I think any good golf shop can outfit you with a suitable club.
I concur with Cottagstan. I'm 51 and have noticed I can't swing as hard or as fast as I did in years past (my back aches more now too). The new 460cc head drivers are a big plus because of their larger sweet spot (less miss hits). I've switched to a more flexible shaft and play 80 compression balls. While I can't keep up with the kids off the tee box (we all play from the tips), I try to make up strokes around the green. It ain't "how far", it's "how many" !!! Keep swingin !!!
I work as a grounds crew member of a public golf course here in Michigan. I think we average more senior golfers than anything else. From what I've seen they cannot hit if it were to save their life. Majority of them cannot hit past the next tee box and they play from the same tees I play from and I'm a 10 handicap. Then they take literally 20 minutes to look for other balls in the water when they are out in the rough or the fairway. It drives me insane. So to tell you the truth, not very far at all.
Definately go somewhere where you can test drive different drivers before you buy! If you can afford it, I recommend you try the G5 Ping. That's the club of choice among the seniors at our club. Try it with a 12 degree loft to get the ball airborne and hold the line.. with your handicap that will surely help.
I'm 63, playing off 10 and still have a quick swing, so I go with a regular shaft. I have tested the more flexible shaft but with the big head driver I found it added more slice than distance!
Another answer mentions using low compression balls, I agree with that - at our age we can't hit the hard balls with enough club speed to get the massive distances younger players can. With the new driver try the Pinnacle Exception, Titelist NXT or So/Lo, Srixon Soft Feel. They all feel great off the club, will give you good distance and are excellent around the greens.
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