***If you’re looking for the most recent reviews for 2021 gear, we will be updating this page in the summer after we’ve had a chance to review them!
If you’re in a hurry and just want to know our top choices, here they are, the Best Golf Clubs For Seniors in 2020:
- Best Driver: TaylorMade SIM Max D
- Best Fairway Woods: Cobra King SpeedZone Big Tour
- Best Hybrid: XXIO Eleven
- Best Irons: Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo Irons
- Best Wedges: Cleveland CBX 2
- Best Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Marxman
Golf is one of the greatest sports in the world, and one of its best attributes is that you can play it forever. I remember going out and playing with my Grandfather at his favorite course in Warm Springs, GA when I was a college student. I could out drive my Grandfather by close to 100 yards, but I could never outscore him. He was patient, accurate, and he was a great shotmaker. He also was very smart at choosing the club that he needed and he was not afraid to pull out a driver on a par-3. The point is that golf is fun no matter how old you are, and with today’s technology age does not have to hold you back. Look at Phil Mickelson playing on both the PGA and Champions Tour right now. The following article will help you choose the best golf clubs for seniors.
Best Golf Clubs For Seniors in 2021 Reviewed
Best Driver For Seniors
TaylorMade is an industry leader in the driver market, and the SIM Max D is one of their lightest and most aerodynamic offerings yet. This driver was created to add distance and accuracy by reducing spin and increasing the launch angle. There is also a senior flex option on the shaft and the club is one of the lighter drivers on the market.
If you are looking to add distance and reduce spin, this is the driver for you. The clubhead is also weighted to add up to 20 yards of draw bias to your shot. This club was made for everything that most seniors are looking for in their driver, and at a decent price compared to some of the other top clubs.
- It was created for ball speed and distance.
- It looks great at setup.
- The spin rates are low and it is one of the most accurate drivers out there.
- “Twist Face” technology adds corrective face angles so that even mishits go straight and produce less spin.
- It was tested in a wind tunnel so that it is the most aerodynamic driver out there, another feature that adds to distance.
- Increased weight in the back of the club causes the ball to launch at a high angle and decreases spin.
- The 3-stage draw technology, including an offset head, can add up to 20 yards of draw.
- You cannot change the weight or offset of the club, so if you are looking for anything other than a draw, this is not the driver for you.
To see the full list and learn how the TaylorMade SIM Max fared against the competition, check out this article: Best Driver For Seniors in 2020!
Best Fairway Woods For Seniors
The same technology that you find in the Cobra King SpeedZone drivers are available in their fairway woods, and Cobra King is known for ball speed and distance. Offering a 3, 5, and 7 wood, these fairway woods are great off of the tee and the turf and can add a lot of distance to your game.
Cobra uses the same Speedzone technology that you find in their highly rated drivers with a senior flex option that is very lightweight. If you are looking for ball speed at a high launch angle, these fairway woods are tough to beat.
- If you are looking for more speed, these fairway woods are for you. These clubs produce as much ball speed as possible without being an illegal club.
- Forgiving without losing distance.
- They do not produce a lot of spin so that your shots are straight and true.
- A very low center of gravity that allows you to get the ball off of the ground well.
- A huge sweet spot so that mishits are few and far between.
- These fairway woods are great off of the tee and the turf.
- Does not interact with turf as well as some other models.
- Not as good for beginners because they can be more difficult to control.
To see the full list and learn how the Cobra King SpeedZone Big Tour fared against the competition, check out this article: Best Fairways Woods For Seniors in 2020!
Best Hybrids For Seniors
The XXIO Eleven is a lightweight, easy-to-hit hybrid that works from any lie. With 4 different lofts, a senior flex shaft, and a “cannon” shape, these hybrids are perfect for players with moderate to slow swing speeds. The ball jumps off of the club face and it is easy to get the ball off of the ground no matter where you find yourself positioned.
This club produces very little spin but a lot of distance and it is one of the lightest hybrids on the market. It is perfect for the experienced golfer with a slow to average swing speed.
- Maintains maximum distance even with slower swing speeds.
- Cuts through the turf as well as any hybrid and can be played from any lie and on any terrain.
- Designed for players who do not reach high end swing speeds.
- Many lofts from which to choose.
- A unique design, the club face almost looks like a cannon but provides optimal weighting for a great ball flight.
- Just like other XXIO products, these hybrids are extremely lightweight and easy to control.
- Helps to keep the ball straight with low spin rates.
- Expensive for a hybrid.
- Not great for higher swing speeds.
To see the full list and learn how the XXIO Eleven fared against the competition, check out this article: Best Hybrid Golf Clubs For Seniors in 2020!
Best Irons For Seniors
The Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo Irons are built for increased ball speed and straight flights. The hollow construction of the head allows the weight to be distributed around the perimeter for optimal forgiveness and a very high MOI. The turbocharged face along with the hollow construction provide explosive speed at impact no matter your swing speed.
There is a senior flex option, and with a graphite shaft these clubs are extremely lightweight. The steel face is very thin to provide both distance and to keep the weight down in the club. These clubs have been classified as game improvement clubs, but their characteristics play very well to the senior game.
- These irons play as long or longer than any other on the market.
- The ultra thin club face produces some of the highest ball speeds Cleveland irons have ever seen.
- The progressive shaping means each club is designed for optimal performance.
- The senior flex graphite shaft is lightweight and provides a lot of extra whip at the bottom of the swing without losing control.
- There is a lot of weight at the bottom of the club to promote a higher ball flight.
- With the senior flex graphite shaft, these clubs are extremely lightweight for increased distance and added control.
- You lose a little feel around the greens when you gain the extra distance.
- They do not look as appealing at setup as the blades that many seniors may be accustomed to.
To see the full list and learn how the Cleveland HB Turbo Irons fared against the competition, check out this article: Best Irons For Seniors in 2020!
Best Wedges For Seniors
When we think of wedges, we think of Cleveland. The CBX 2 wedges are just another revolutionary club in a line of great Cleveland products. The CBX 2 wedges provide the same advantages of a cavity back iron in a wedge, but without losing the feel and look that players have come to expect from the blade design.
In short, Cleveland came up with a wedge that has incredible feel while increasing distance and shot making capability. The CBX 2 added some extra grind options for each club, but the key characteristic of these clubs is that they are longer and easier to hit full shots than any other wedge on the market.
- The positive aspects of cavity back clubs in a wedge.
- Great distance and forgiveness.
- Some of the best “full shot” wedges on the market. These clubs provide distance and forgiveness that most wedges do not have.
- A different sole grind for each wedge so that they play to their specialty.
- The groove system provides very high spin rates and incredible feel around the greens.
- Designed for game improvement and to be easy to hit. They are perfect for the senior game.
- They look slightly different at setup than the traditional blade wedge.
- There is a little less flexibility in shot-making than other wedges on the market.
To see the full list and learn how the Cleveland CBX2 fared against the competition, check out this article: Best Wedges For Seniors in 2020!
Best Putter For Seniors
The Odyssey brand has been at or near the top of the putter market for years, and the triple track design will keep it there. These clubs are very easy to align, they help you read the green, and they produce one of the truest and straightest rolls possible. The traditional Odyssey white hot insert is softer than ever and it produces a great feel.
The mallet design allows for a very high MOI that will not twist on impact. If you combine the alignment capability with the lack of twist on impact and incredible speed control, this is one of the best putters on the market. Players are turning to the mallet design for a reason, and the Triple Track Marxman is one of the best.
- One of the easiest putters to align.
- A high-end putter for a mid range price.
- A very high MOI means your putt will go where you are aiming.
- The tip heavy shaft means a lot of weight is concentrated higher in the club for greater control and accuracy.
- Incredible feel for a mallet design because of the soft insert.
- The sweet spot is almost the entire face of the club.
- The offset shaft is visually appealing and more natural at setup.
- The club head may be a little large for some golfers.
- If you have been playing golf for a long time, you have probably been using a blade putter.
To see the full list and learn how the Odyssey Triple Track Marxman fared against the competition, check out this article: Best Putters For Seniors in 2020!
What Are The Important Features For Senior Golf Clubs?
As players age, realities set in that features that used to not be important in club selection become so. Senior golfers begin to lose some clubhead speed, but it is a little more complicated than just less distance. Some shots are harder to perform and you might be more apt to grow tired during a round. Some of these features are important for seniors to understand so that they choose the right club for their changing swing.
Shaft. The senior flex, for many players, is a given. The added whip and torque at the bottom of the swing is important, but can be difficult to control. You want to find a shaft that has increased flex, but you do not want to lose your accuracy just to add a couple of yards to your 8-iron. Finding a shaft that gives you that additional torque while maintaining accuracy is vital.
Distance. In today’s PGA Tour, distance is becoming more and more important as courses get longer and longer. While distance is not as important to your average golfer, it can be frustrating to see your distance go down as you get older. With today’s golf club technology, you can find those extra yards by choosing the right clubs, so pay attention to what each club has to offer.
Accuracy. There are a few ways to add distance to your game. Whether it be through face technology, greater shaft flex, longer clubs, etc. adding distance to your game can oftentimes decrease your accuracy. It is vital to find clubs that keep your ball straight with low spin so that the distance you are adding does not send your ball out of bounds more often than not.
Ease. You want clubs that are easy to hit and feel natural with your swing. This makes the game feel easier and it takes away some of the fatigue that is associated with playing 18, especially as we get a little older. The easier a club is to swing, the better you will feel for a round of golf.
Weight. A lighter club means a lot of things to a golfer. Even a couple of grams here and there can give you more control over your club, add a little distance to your game, and make you feel less tired during a round. The weight really adds up over 80 shots and 4 hours, so make sure there is no excess weight in your bag.
How To Choose The Best Golf Clubs For Seniors
The key to choosing golf clubs, in general, is to know your game well enough to know what clubs will accentuate your strengths and lessen your weaknesses. If you have all the power in the world, but struggle with accuracy, buy your clubs accordingly.
If you prefer the look of a blade to a cavity back and have the skill to hit them well, then by all means, use the clubs that work for you.
The problem for many seniors, however, is that your game and your swing changes. Sometimes gradually, sometimes less so, but it changes nonetheless.
You may struggle getting your irons to fly as high and land as soft. You may have to layup on a par-5 that you used to reach easily in 2. The problem is that you may not know your game as well as you used to, and many of us remain in denial that our bodies are getting older and our swings may be getting a little slower.
Our advice is to listen to your body and to the results that your swing is producing. You can tell when you start to lose some of the juice on your driver.
The key is to go ahead and start testing out some merchandise at the first sign of losing some swing speed. Go to a few pro shops or golf stores and see what clubs feel right and add some value to your game.
Read over the list above to see some of the clubs with the best features for seniors and test them out to see what they can do for you. Chances are that you will see results almost immediately and will notice the need to change to some of the features that those clubs offer.
Do I Really Need Senior Golf Clubs?
The term “senior golf clubs” is a little misleading because most clubs are just regular golf clubs with certain features that make them better for seniors. The real question is, “what features do I need in a golf club as I grow older.”
As our swings change, the answer is a resounding “yes,” we do need senior golf clubs. We need them to get an extra 20 yards off of the tee. We need them to get an extra few feet of height so that our ball lands softly on the green. We need them to maintain our feel around the green without losing the ability to hit a full wedge shot from 80 yards out.
We need senior golf clubs to get the most out of our game no matter how fast we are swinging the club.
Wrap It Up
Wisdom and patience in golf is more important than distance ball flight has ever been. I have played with enough men that I could outdrive by 50 yards off of the tee and then lose by 15 strokes on the scorecard to know that swing speed is not everything. Use the technology that is out there to get the most out of your swing, but use your experience to make the technology work.