What are the Best Golf Clubs for Seniors in 2017?
Anybody over the age of 50 can be considered as a senior golfer. At that stage in life, fitness, strength, and flexibility start to decrease noticeably.
Even though golf is far more forgiving than other demanding sports like tennis or football, there is still a lot of physicalities involved in hitting the ball with explosive force driving the ball hundreds of yards.
And as you age, you will start noticing an apparent decrease in things like your swing speed and the distance and height you get on shots. This is why manufacturers create clubs for seniors, to offset the decline in performance brought by age and time.
We will take a look at some of the best golf clubs for seniors available in 2017 in our shortlist, which includes the following clubs:
What Are Senior Golf Clubs?
Three main aspects differentiate senior clubs from their regular counterparts. With advancing age, senior golf players often experience a drastic decrease in their swing speeds. And they may also face trouble in wielding heavier clubs effectively due to a decrease in overall stamina and fitness.
Senior grade golf clubs tend to be lighter than regular clubs. They also have flexible shafts made from graphite, which offset the decrease in swing speeds and help boost distance.
Seniors also have trouble getting the golf ball high into the air due to the reduction in power of their swings. This can be mitigated by adding extra loft to the clubs. Also, larger sweet spots will help improve accuracy on mishit shots.
Things to Look For In A Driver For Seniors
Senior golfers at an advanced age may want to leave out a driver altogether and use a 3 or 4-hybrid for best results. But this depends entirely on your body and fitness levels.
If in decent shape, you can continue to use a driver from the tee, but you will need to buy a senior grade driver for best results. The best driver for senior golfer is one that has the following traits:
- Lighter shafts, preferably below 60g, for improved swing speeds.
- Less stiff shafts, made of graphite, with Senior flex rating.
- Large club heads with generous sweet spots for improved accuracy.
- Increased loft to add height to ball trajectory.
You can also make a few alterations to improve the performance of the driver by visiting a club fitter. Changing the weight distribution along the shaft by moving more weight towards the grip can enhance performance.
A longer shaft can also create increased swing speed, but this is only worth it if you can regularly hit the ball with a great degree of accuracy.
Here is a short instructional YouTube video with further information about golf clubs for seniors:
Use More Hybrids, Add an Extra Wedge
Hybrids are fantastic for seniors who struggle with distance on shots from their drivers and fairway woods. If you are still in relatively great shape, adding some higher lofted drivers and woods to your bag will suffice.
But if you are above 60, and have trouble with these clubs, consider increasing the number of hybrids to your set, or even getting an all hybrid set of senior clubs. Even if you are good with the driver and 3-wood, consider replacing the longer irons (1-4) with 3-5 hybrids for best results.
Senior players need more variety in their short game to make up for the deficiencies in the longer distance shots. When you take an extra shot where one would have sufficed in the past, you need to try and make up for that closer to the green.
Bring along a full complement of wedges, a Pitching Wedge, Gap Wedge, Sand Wedge and Lob Wedge, all in 4-degree loft increments, to boost your short game and get yourself out of devilish lies.
Do You Need Senior Grade Shaft Flex
The rate of flex in a golf club shaft is graded into five different categories, from extra stiff (X), Stiff (S) to regular (R), Senior (A), and Ladies (L) being the least stiff. This is just a manufacturing convention and not a hard rule to stick by.
The ideal flex level for a golfer may vary and is directly linked to the swing speed of the individual golfer. Younger players need stiffer shafts to maximize the impact of their higher swing speeds. Older golfers should be looking at shafts with more flex.
Pro level players have swing speeds more than 90-100mph and need stiff/extra stiff flex. Regular flex is for players who manage to generate between 70-90mph, while anything less than 70mph and you are entering senior flex territory.
Another yardstick to decide whether you need senior flex shafts is to look at your max distance on shots: if they fall around the 200 yards mark with drivers or 150 with a 4-iron, you should consider upgrading your clubs to senior flex.
Relation Between Loft Angle and Swing Speeds
Players with higher swing speeds also require lower loft angles on their club heads, since they don't need much assistance to get the ball into the air. The lower your swing speeds, the higher the loft angle of your clubs need to be.
Otherwise, you will end up with flatter trajectory shots that fall well short of where you want the ball to go from the tee or the second shot on the fairway. Senior-oriented clubs will have higher than average lofts, to compensate for the lower swing speeds.
The ideal loft angle for swings speeds more than 100 mph is 9-11 degrees on your driver. Consider adding one degree for every 10mph below this speed limit.
For example, if your swing speed is between 80-90mph, look for a club with 11-13 degrees loft, and if your speed is lower at 60-70mph, pick a club with 13-15 degrees loft.
Many golfers do not like to tinker with the settings on their clubs. But if you are about to get your first senior grade golf club, having some flexible features can be quite helpful in figuring out what works best for you.
The Cobra King F6 has a lightweight titanium head with a couple of adjustable weights to help increase or decrease spin on your shots. The loft of the club can also be adjusted from 9 to a maximum of 12, which should help if you suffer from decreasing swing speeds. The club shaft is available in stiff, regular and the recommended senior flex levels.
What we like
- The adjustable loft angles alone make this one of the best drivers seniors in the market.
- The large 460cc titanium clubhead is very forgiving.
- You can even adjust the spin levels with moveable weights.
- The senior grade graphite flex adds to your swing speed and distance from the tee.
What we dislike
- The club looks a tad flashy in bright black, white and orange colors, and might be unsuitable if you prefer more mature looking clubs.
- Though a very forgiving club, this one suits mid handicap seniors more than really high handicappers.
The more senior golfers in their 60s and 70s often find that they have trouble even with the regular short irons, let alone the drivers and woods. IF you are in such a dilemma, then Majek golf clubs could very well be the answer to your prayers.
Hybrids have become such a smash hit in recent years due to the sheer ease with which they can be wielded. So it makes sense to design a full set of hybrids with senior shafts to cater to the demands of an elderly golfer.
This is a complete set, with a #3, 4 and 5-hybrids to do the work of a driver, 3-woods, and long irons, while the #6, 7, 8, 9-hybrids stand in for the mid and short-irons, and a Pitching Wedge.
What we like
- The senior flex graphite shafts on the entire set make them very easy to wield and swing.
- With the large heads on the hybrids giving maximum forgiveness, this set could be ideal for golfers in their 60s, 70s and above.
- The longer hybrids add great distance effortlessly to your long shots from the tee and the fairway.
- All the clubs are lofted higher than the regular golf clubs, ensuring that seniors can get maximum launch height.
What we dislike
- It doesn't include a putter or the other specialized wedges. You have to buy them separately.
- There are no customization options, and taller golfers may need to get the clubs fitted to suit them.
If you are not yet at that stage where you need to go full-hybrid and would like to swing a proper set of irons for a while longer,
Adams senior golf clubs are what we recommend. This set has optional regular or senior shafts to choose from. The hybrids include a 3 and 4-hybrid, along with a full set of irons from 5-PW. Both the irons and hybrids come fitted with graphite shafts, which decrease their weights and improve swing speeds.
Though lacking in adjustable features, these clubs do sport Velocity Slot technology to promote forgiveness, along with SlimTech shafts for easier swings.
What we like
- A mature and classy looking set of clubs with metal finish and Adams Blue badging.
- The set has graphite shafts on all clubs, which make them suitable for seniors.
- The large clubheads have generous sweet spots and are very forgiving and might be ideal for high handicappers.
- These irons/hybrids are exceedingly lightweight and easy to swing for senior golfers.
What we dislike
- You will have to buy the other specialized wedges to complete the set, not to mention a driver and putter.
- No advanced adjustable feature have been provided, but that is just a minor fault.
The Wilson brand is well known for providing value for money golf clubs at very affordable price ranges without compromising on quality. If you are senior who just picked up the sport in your retirement years, or just want to start afresh with a full set aimed at seniors, the Profile XLS might be just what you need to get the ball rolling!
This is a full suite including a driver, a fairway wood, hybrid, irons from #5-SW, along with a putter. The clubs are all fitted with higher lofts and available in lightweight graphite shafts with senior or uniflex designation.
What we like
- Stylish looking clubs with metal finish and no flashy branding.
- It includes every club in a set, from driver to hybrid, irons, woods and putter.
- Higher lofts on all clubs will suit the average senior golfer.
- All the clubs except the putter come with graphite shafts which are ideal for seniors.
- The set comes with a handy golf bag.
What we dislike
- The set is only available with senior or stiffer uniflex shafts, absence of regular shafts may make is less than ideal for some golfers.
- While the overall quality is decent, individual clubs like the woods may offer below par performance.
For those senior golfer looking for a bit more quality than the Wilson set at a much higher price point, the Tour Edge senior set offers a complete package.
It comes with a driver, 3 and 5-wood, a 4-hybrid club, and regular irons from #5-SW, and a blade style putter all in a lightweight stand bag with head covers for the five longer clubs.
The set is available in regular or senior flex, with additional options to choose an all graphite or steel irons/graphite woods+driver combination.
What we like
- A lightweight set of clubs in a lightweight bag with a convenient stand.
- These senior grade clubs are all lofted higher than regular clubs for improved height on shots.
- The large titanium driver and the cavity back irons offer large sweet spots for increased accuracy.
- The hybrid and woods have lowered Center of Gravity that promises increased launch height.
What we dislike
- This set is aimed more at high handicappers and beginners, so experienced seniors might not like the added forgiveness at the expense of control on finesse shots.
If you are in the market for the best driver for senior golfer, the Cobra F6 comes highly recommended.
The Adams Blue iron set is our top choice for classic senior irons. If you want an all hybrid set for an older player, the Majek set comes highly recommended.
But if what you need a complete set of clubs for a senior high handicap player/beginner, then we find it hard to recommend anything other than the Wilson Profile XLS, simply because of the sheer value it provides at an unmatchable price point.
It has all the prerequisites of a senior set of clubs, with higher lofts, lightweight clubs, graphite shafts and senior flex, or a stiffer uniflex option if required. There is not much to fault with that set.