Best Golf Clubs For Seniors 2021 - Our Top Picks To Help Your Game
Golf is all about playing your game. The key word being “your” because so many players try to play other people’s games.
By that, I mean too many golfers play the clubs and balls they think they should play. Usually, it’s based on a friend’s recommendation or their favorite golfer on TV.
But to set yourself apart from most struggling players, it’s vitally important to play the club’s made for your swing. As a senior golfer, it’s crucial to update your equipment as your swing and body changes.
Here’s how to do it…
Best Golf Clubs for Seniors
Finding the right clubs isn’t just about replacing a driver or switching to a lower compression golf ball. It’s about going through your entire bag and making updates to your weak spots.
Here are some of the most important things to update.
Easy to Hit Driver
The driver and the putter are the two important clubs in your bag. If you can drive it well and putt it well, you’ll beat a lot of your buddies, regardless of your age.
When it comes to your driver, you want one that is 460CC, gives you confidence, and is easy to hit. This way, your mishits will still go at least 80-90% of your total distance and not get you out of position on the hole.
If you struggle with a slice, I would also suggest getting a driver that is offset or has the ability to adjust lie angles. A lot of drivers now are draw oriented with a slightly closed face, which will help straighten out that pesky slice.
Also, don’t forget to adjust your driver loft too. Playing more loft will help get the ball airborne faster even with a slower swing and increase distance. For most seniors, I recommend between 10.5 – 12 degrees.
Here are some of the best drivers for seniors:
- Titleist TSi1
The TSi1 has an ultra-lightweight configuration to help maximize distance. This driver is super-lightweight with a deep, face-centered CG for increased launch and exceptional ball speed.
- Callaway Epic Max
Designed using Artificial intelligence and built with the foundation of maximum ball speed and maximum forgiveness. Gold award winner 2021 on the Golf Digest Hot List!
- TaylorMade Sim2 Max D
Designed and built with distance and forgiveness in mind. Taylormade knocked it out of the park with this driver. This thing launches long and straight! It's no surprise it's gained such popularity with golfers of all ages and abilities.
More Hybrids and Fairway Woods
The second thing you should consider is changing the number of hybrids and fairway woods in your bag. Replace those hard to hit long irons with more forgiving clubs to get the most out of your game.
As I mentioned in the intro, play the club’s for your game, who cares what your buddies think. As long as you get the ball in the hole in fewer strokes than them, that’s all that matters. Heck, even the best players in the world are opting to skip long irons and instead play 5 or 7 woods or hybrids as well.
Specifically for seniors, I suggest focusing on the 3-5 or even 6 iron if you struggle with it.
Replace them with easy to hit, high lofted fairway woods (also known as a heaven wood) or hybrids. These clubs are much more forgiving and great for long par 4’s and difficult par 3’s too.
These clubs will help build confidence and give yourself more birdie looks every round. Plus, they’re a lot easier to hit out of the rough than long irons, too.
Some of our top picks include:
- Titleist Tsi1 Hybrid
For players with moderate swing speeds seeking an ultra-lightweight configuration to help maximize distance.
- Callaway Epic Max
Easy to launch, and easy to hit. The Callaway Epic Max fairway woods are great for moderate swing speeds
- TaylorMade Sim2 Rescue
SIM2 Rescue is engineered for the player who wants it all: The distance and forgiveness of a hybrid, along with the workability and control of an iron
More Forgiving Irons
The third thing to think about is your iron set.
One of the best ideas is to buy a combo set that has both hybrids and irons. These sets replace the long irons with hybrids and gap them perfectly so that you don’t have huge distance gaps between any clubs.
If you’re still playing a lot and don’t need that many hybrids, maybe think about a larger, more forgiving set of irons instead. A larger cavity back set makes it easy to launch the ball high and provides plenty of forgiveness with the longer clubs too.
Some of the best irons we suggest are:
- Titleist T300 Irons
The Titleist T300 irons can improve your launch, distance and shot making while providing maximum forgiveness
- Callaway Mavrik Max Irons
Built for total distance with a larger body and a deeper CG for increased forgiveness and easy launch
- Cleveland Launcher UHX Irons
Launcher UHX Irons. Utility-hollow long irons that blend seamlessly with cavity back short irons. It’s the perfect combination of forgiveness and control
- Callaway Apex Sweet Spot Combo Set
Sweet Spot combines Apex DCB (4-5) and Apex 21 (6-AW) to create an optimum blend of distance and forgiveness.
Cavity Back Wedges
When most golfers change their clubs as they get older, they forget about one thing – wedges. An easy way to improve your scoring is to play wedges that are similar to your irons.
If you play graphite, cavity back irons, maybe you should play similar wedges instead of traditional, blade wedges with steel shafts. That way, it’s easier to get your scoring clubs on the dance floor so you can have more birdie putts.
Some of our top picks include:
Finally, don’t forget about your shafts as well.
While all the above recommendations will help, I would argue that the shaft itself is the most important part. It’s the piece of the puzzle that most golfers skip over and it costs them big time.
As a senior golfer, you need to use more lightweight shafts so they’re easier to swing.
This will help increase your clubhead speed, which will help with total distance. Not to mention, it will help minimize the chance of injury as well.
If you play a shaft that is too heavy, it can increase the likelihood of injury and take you away from the game you love. Plus, it’s harder to make the proper swing.
I would also check on the shaft flex as well. Switching from a regular to a senior (or some brands call them A flex or Lite flex) can also help with distance and consistency.
So when you begin to update your clubs based on the recommendations above, make sure to double-check the shafts.
Bonus: New Grips, Gloves and Golf Balls
While all the above equipment will help, you might want to update your grips and golf balls too.
With grips, you might want to switch to ones that are softer like a Winn grip instead of a rough, corded grip. These are much firmer grips and harder to apply enough grip pressure – plus they’re uncomfortable for a lot of golfers. Additionally, you might even go up to a midsize or larger grip so that you don’t have to squeeze as hard.
Another great option is to switch to a bionic golf glove. These grips are made so that you can get a lighter, more relaxed grip throughout the round. They’re built differently from normal grips, but provide a ton of relief for golfers with arthritis.
Finally, don’t forget about possibly switching balls too. As you lose clubhead speed, you might need a different ball to help offset distance and match your swing.
Hopefully, you have a much better understanding of how to update your golf equipment as you get older. These little changes can have a huge impact on your game and will also help you avoid injury by using lighter clubs.
The one thing I would say you don’t have to worry about with age is your putter. If you love your putter, don’t take it out of the bag unless you’re in a nasty slump and need to change it up.
Regardless of how old you are, always remember two things: every day is a chance to get better and don’t forget the most important rule of all – have fun!
What’s the biggest change you think senior golfers should make? Or, what switch have you made that has already made an impact on your game?
Let us know in the comments below!