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Golf doesn’t discriminate by age. But as golfers grow longer in the tooth, they might find that some of the power that drove their shots earlier in their casual career has started to lag. Coordination can also become troublesome, to say nothing about the fatigue you might feel as you grow older. Thankfully, the golf industry provides copious solutions to make it easier for senior golfers to perform at peak levels — and we’re not just talking about souped-up golf carts.
Golf clubs that cater to a senior’s particular needs are typically those that have been designed to circumvent the loss of power in your stroke. Club technology has successfully widened the sweet spot on the club face, making it easier to get a solid strike on the ball, while more flexible irons, typically offering senior-specific flex, will help you make up for any swing speed that may have slowed down over the years. Longer handles help unstable grip, and clubs with lower kickpoints will help achieve higher ball velocity and trajectory.
Weight can also be lessened, though a heavier head can also help you ensure contact with the ball — which is why we suggest trying a few at a driving range before committing. Some clubs come with set angle degrees, while others can be adjusted on the fly to handle the particular needs of each course. And a handful of clubs also have additional tech, like weight adjustments to help you manipulate the ball to accommodate your potential weakness or the demands on the field of play.
In this round-up, we focused on drivers, which is typically where golfers need the most power and accuracy, but most models in this round-up have other irons to compliment the individual drivers, making it easy to level up on a new bag full of tricks as you start to get the hang of the new club.
Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Callaway X-Hot Driver
Calaway’s champion X-Hot Driver lets you adjust the face angle of the club to an open, square, or closed position via the Space Frame Face to help fine-tune the trajectory of the ball you’re about to smash, making it one of the most versatile clubs on the market. It also uses a proprietary ultra-thin, wall-casting technology and a graphite shaft to dramatically lower the overall weight of the club, so it's easier to swing without sacrificing the performance typical to heavier clubs. A wider sweet spot on the club face improves accuracy and power transfer, and you can choose from either a flex or stiff overall construction; some fans of the club report that the former offers almost too much whip, but if you’re struggling to move the ball, consider going with the flex. It comes in three degree configurations — 9.5, 10.5, and 11.5 — and golfers have reported that the X-Hot has added as much as 25 yards to their swing. Better yet? The price won’t break the bank.
Best Buy: Intech Golf Behemoth 520cc
Make no mistake — some people will call using this club cheating (and it is). The head size on the Intech Golf Behemoth exceeds the max size allowed by the USGA. But if you’re a casual golfer anxious to add some much-needed force and oomph to your drive, this club will deliver. As you’d expect from a club with a huge head, the sweet spot is massive. But while that large head does add some weight, it’s compensated by the lightweight graphite shaft with a tacky rubber grip that offers sure grip. Loft options include 10.5 or 12 degrees, along with a variety of flex options, including a “senior flex” model that adds loads of whip to every swing. It’s inexpensive enough to buy on a whim and carry in your bag until conditions or impulse inspires you to use it.
Best Low-Weight Club: Wilson D100
Wilson has strategically shaved off 50 grams from the more traditionally designed drivers to offer a club that’s considerably lighter than its competition, which makes it easier to swing — and connect with — the D100. The club’s mass has been evenly distributed across the grip, shaft, and head to let you achieve faster ball speeds with the same effort, with a deep, large club face that widens the sweet spot for assured connection, even on off-center drives. Unlike some other clubs, the D100 doesn’t come with a variety of flex and head angles, but those who’ve bought it report that it works as advertised, adding up to 30 yards per drive.
Best for Versatility: TaylorMade M1
With 12 easy-to-adjust settings on the four-degree aluminum loft sleeve, three premium stock shafts (high-, medium-, and low-launch), more than 30 shaft offerings, and adjustable tracks at the front (to modify left-to-right trajectory) and back (to lower ball flights and achieve more distance), the M1 is as close to getting a custom club you're likely to find in an off-the-shelf model. But it’s not just the ample options to personalize the club that makes the M1 such a winner.
A six-layer carbon crown and a carbon toe panel makes it both light and strong, with better launch control than previous TaylorMade drivers. Their engineers also focused on the internal acoustic management of the club to help control vibration and pitch when you hit the ball, making it more forgiving than lesser models. The two-tone crown is precision-fit to the skeletal titanium body, making it both svelte and durable. Loft variables include 9.5, 10.5, and 12 degrees, and the club also comes with a senior-specific flex (as well as regular and stiff options). Plus, it's available for both right- and left-handers.
Best for Increased Ball Speed: Cobra King F6
The Cobra King F6 strikes the perfect balance between delivering ball distance and swing forgiveness, making it easy to find the club’s sweet spot and to fire the ball great distances at great speed. A dual-position “front-to-back” weight system allows you to dial in your optimal launch and ball spin conditions via the F6 CG tuning system; the front position gives you the ability to hit a ball with a penetrating flight and more role, while the back position allows for higher, rising ball flight. Rather than locking in on one loft setting, the “Smart Pad” twist-adjust setting lets you change things out quickly, from 9 up to 12 degrees, based on the conditions in the field, while a Forged 8-1-1 Titanium E8 face is lighter and thicker than lesser models, with a wide sweet spot for more deflection. But it’s the club’s “speed channel” — an engineered channel around the perimeter of the face — that really makes the balls soar. Flex options run the gamut, from senior to extra-stiff.
Best for Women: TaylorMade M4 Ladies D-Type
The M4 D-Type from TaylorMade rises above the competition thanks to its twist face configuration, which adds a new curvature with a corrective face angle to keep things on target even on off-center hits, delivering consistent sidespin in the off chance that you miss-hit. The Hammerhead slot opens the sweet spot up considerably, which translates into faster ball speeds, with a reinforced outer that makes the face more flexible and the club more forgiving. And “geocoustics” make each contact with the ball sound solid and downright explosive. It comes in two loft options — 10.5 and 12 degrees — with a universal length of 44.5 inches, and you can customize your shaft and grip from an array of TaylorMade options. But honestly, the Tuned 45 stock shaft and Winn Dualefeel grips are pretty solid right off the shelf.
Best for Left-Handers: Callaway Rogue Sub-Zero
Though pretty much all clubs come for left- and right-handed players, southpaws won’t be disappointed by the Callaway Rogue Sub-Zero. This sleek driver won Golf Digest’s 2018 hot list gold medal, in large part to Callaway’s “Jailbreak Effect” that uses a bunch of proprietary technologies to push your ball high, fast, and long. The massive use of carbon composite on the face reduces the weight while bolstering strength, so your swing power can easily be redistributed at the moment of impact. Choose from 105 grip options, a host of lengths, a variety of colors and weights, and either 9- or 10.5-degree loft configurations to find the perfect club. Then, in the field, the club lets you choose between two interchangeable weights (two and 14 grams) to adjust the spin rate and angle of each shot. Drop the 14-gram weight to increase front to lower spins, or go lighter to generate a higher launch and increased power transfer on impact.
And as if that wasn’t enough, Callaway also worked with the engineers at Boeing to improve the geometry of the overall head to improve airflow and promote faster head speed. The only potential drawback is its flex, which only comes in stiff and extra-stiff, though users report that stiff still generates a decent amount of whip.
Best Discontinued Model: Adams Speedline Super S
Though the Adams product line was folded under their new owner TaylorMade Golf, their award-winning clubs are still popular on the Web, and they’re worth seeking out. Take the Speedline Super S, a big bomber of a driver with an adjustable loft setting (9.5, 10.5, and 11.5 degrees), so you can set it to fit the fairway each time. The aerodynamic head cuts clean, with a sizeable sweet spot and exclusive “velocity slot” tech to make every shot on target. Senior-aged users report that the Speedline Super S added as much as 50 yards to each shot, saying the ball practically “jumps” off the club.
Our writers spent 3 hours researching the most popular golf clubs for seniors on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 12 different clubs overall, screened options from 10 different brands and manufacturers and read over 20 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.