The march of time waits for no man or woman. That includes golfers, of course. Among the many great things about the game of golf is the fact that it can be played by people of all ages. That may be its greatest strength.

Of course, we all have to make adjustments as we age. While it may happen later for some golfers than others, the ravages of age catches up to us. We all will lose strength and flexibility with age, meaning less club speed and less distance off the tee.


At A Glance: Our Top 3 Drivers For Seniors


Fortunately, technological advances have helped seniors play deep into old age without losing as much pop in the swing as they might have. Here are some of the best drivers for senior golfers that really work.

OUR TOP PICKS

Callaway Golf 2020 Mavrik Max Driver (Right Hand, Project X Evenflow Riptide 50G, Regular, 10.5 Degree)
Best Overall Driver
Callaway Mavrik Max
  • Adjustable for forgiveness or ball flight
  • Lightweight
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Callaway Golf 2019 Epic Flash Driver, Right Hand, Project X HZRDUS, 60G, Regular Flex, 10.5 Degrees
Callaway Epic Flash
  • Flash Face technology
  • Adjustable weights
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Cobra Golf 2019 F9 Speedback Driver Satin Black-Avalanche (Men's, Right Hand, UST Helium, Reg Flex, 10.5)
Most Forgiving Driver
Cobra King F9 Speedback
  • Aerodynamic and low center of gravity
  • Counters gear effect
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Mizuno Golf ST190 Driver (Right Hand, Graphite, Stiff, 9.5 Degree)
Mizuno ST190
  • Beautiful looks, feel, and sound
  • Forgiving on off-center hits
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Ping G400 Max Driver, Men's, Right Hand, 10.5°, ALTA CB Graphite Shaft, Regular Flex
Ping G400 Max
  • Very forgiving with high MOI
  • Lower spin rate for penetrating and long flight
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TaylorMade Golf M6 Driver, 10.5 Loft, Right Hand, Stiff Flex Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Black, Large
TaylorMade M6
  • Great ball speed off the face
  • Twist Face is forgiving
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Tour Edge HKWRGR01105 Men's HL3 Driver, Right Hand, Regular, Graphite, 10.5 Degree
Best Budget Driver
Tour Edge Hot Launch HL3
  • Low price
  • Forgiving
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Wilson Staff Cortex Golf Driver Men's Right Hand, Regular Flex, 10.5 degree
Wilson Cortex
  • Lightweight carbon fiber construction
  • Slide track for optimum ball flight
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Best Drivers For Seniors


Callaway Mavrik Max

Callaway Golf 2020 Mavrik Max Driver (Right Hand, Project X Evenflow Riptide 50G, Regular, 10.5 Degree)

The Mavrik has made quite a splash with its recent debut. This driver has quickly earned a following among golfers of all ages and abilities. “Latest and greatest” can sometimes be used as a negative but here it is hardly that.

Technology continues to improve driver performance year after year and that shows no sign of letting up. But if younger golfers are loving this driver, why is it so good for seniors? In a word, speed.

Just about everything new in the Mavrik results in greater club-head speed. The face is made of FS2S titanium, an alloy that is 6 grams lighter than titanium used in most golf clubs. This face helps produce forgiveness, spin, and yes, speed.

Callaway has used what it calls Jailbreak bars to increase ball speed for years. Here, that technology is employed inside the head to connect the sole and crown of the club. The crown is made of even lighter carbon fiber than before. All of this allows Callaway to redistribute the weight of the club, producing a high MOI (moment of inertia) that produces fast and forgiving drives.

More ultra-modern technology was used by Callaway to produce a satisfying sound upon impact. Artificial intelligence helped design an internal titanium rib system that gives the unique sound.

Interchangeable weights allow the golfer to aim for either maximum forgiveness or to induce a draw.

One slight drawback is the Max version only comes with shafts that are 50 grams and up in weight, with no senior flex available. You can find the less stiff shaft in a different Mavrik model.

Yes it is expensive, but very much worth the price.

Pros

  • Adjustable for forgiveness or ball flight
  • Lightweight
  • Low MOI

Cons

  • No senior shaft flex in Max version
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Callaway Epic Flash

Callaway Golf 2019 Epic Flash Driver, Right Hand, Project X HZRDUS, 60G, Regular Flex, 10.5 Degrees

Yes, the Mavrik is a nice driver, exceptional really. But that does not mean you can’t find a good fit with Callaway’s offering from 2019, the Epic Flash. In fact, the Epic Flash introduced many of the innovations that the Mavrik has improved upon.

The Epic Flash was the first club (at least according to Callaway) to use artificial intelligence in the design of a driver. The result is the Flash Face, a newly designed face combined with a lightweight driver that produces a great deal of swing speed with limited effort.

Callaway’s computer ran through 15,000 iterations to find the perfect club face for power and accuracy.

This driver also includes adjustable perimeter weighting to allow golfers to dial in the perfect setting for their swings.

Pros

  • Flash Face technology
  • Adjustable weights
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Some users complained about quality defects
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Cobra King F9 Speedback

Cobra Golf 2019 F9 Speedback Driver Satin Black-Avalanche (Men's, Right Hand, UST Helium, Reg Flex, 10.5)

Seniors will love the combination of aerodynamics and low center of gravity, both of which help produce long and straight drives.

The club head is specifically designed for maximum aerodynamics and tungsten weights added to the bottom of the club gives the low center of gravity. But that’s not all that this club offers.

Perhaps its biggest plus is the way it counters the gear effect.

In golf, the gear effect is the way the club twists on off-center hits. The term comes from the way the ball and the club face work together like a gear. When you hit the ball off-center, the result being a ball hit off the toe of the driver could produce a low hook, while a ball hit on the heel might mean a high spin, high flight slice. This is more of an issue for the driver than any other club in the bag due to the larger club head.

The King F9 uses what Cobra calls Dual Roll technology to combat this gear effect. The result is a quite forgiving driver.

Pros

  • Aerodynamic and low center of gravity
  • Counters gear effect
  • Forgiving

Cons

  • Not as lightweight as some others here
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Mizuno ST190

Mizuno Golf ST190 Driver (Right Hand, Graphite, Stiff, 9.5 Degree)

The Mizuno ST190 is a gorgeous looking club that feels great in the hands. It also has acoustic qualities that are pleasing to the ear. While those may seem merely cosmetic, sight and sound are both important for golfers. Both help you feel more comfortable over the ball, which results in greater confidence and better results.

But this driver has more going for it than just looks, feel, and sound.

The titanium used in the club face is 10 percent harder than the type used previously in Mizuno drivers. This will help give golfers a bit more ball speed off the face.

A deep recess behind the head helps with the spring effect, or the amount the ball rebounds off the club face at impact. That also adds distance. It is also a very forgiving club, with a 16 gram weight imbedded in the back of the head.

If you don’t like the 9.5 or 10.5 degrees loft available, you can dial in up to two more degrees with the adjustable loft option. Reducing the loft will mean affect the angle of the face, making it more open. The opposite could be a boon for those who slice the ball. Adding loft will close the face a bit, making slices less likely.

The carbon crown head helps keep the weight down, helping seniors generate more club head speed.

If there is one drawback, this driver produces a middling amount of ball spin. Some seniors, especially those who slice the ball, might want less spin.

Pros

  • Beautiful looks, feel, and sound
  • Forgiving on off-center hits
  • Adjustable loft

Cons

  • Higher ball spin than what many seek
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Ping G400 Max

Ping G400 Max Driver, Men's, Right Hand, 10.5°, ALTA CB Graphite Shaft, Regular Flex

This is an updated version of the popular G400 from Ping. What’s different?

For one, the G400 Max has a larger club head, coming in at the maximum allowable 460 cubic centimeters. That larger head allows for added weight to the bottom and back of the club head. The result is a more forgiving club.

Ping has actually doubles that weight, with the result being a moment of inertia of greater than 9,900. The higher the MOI the more forgiving the driver, and being just shy of 10,000 is ridiculously high.

Ping kept the titanium forged face that is textured. That means a low spinning drive that has a long and penetrating ball flight.

Pros

  • Very forgiving with high MOI
  • Lower spin rate for penetrating and long flight
  • Large club head for greater confidence

Cons

  • Sound is higher pitched which can be offsetting
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TaylorMade M6

TaylorMade Golf M6 Driver, 10.5 Loft, Right Hand, Stiff Flex Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Black, Large

Everything about the M6 is intended to improve both distance and forgiveness. It largely does the job.

A speed injected head uses tuning resin. This results in tremendous ball speed off the face of the club.

That face is what TaylorMade calls “Twist Face.” All that means is that it is made to avoid the club twisting on impact of off-center hits.

The aerodynamic carbon sole design creates an easier to swing club that generates more club head speed. That’s more distance off the tee for those with lower swing speeds such as senior golfers.

Although the M6 has been on the market for a while now, it remains a best seller for good reason.

Pros

  • Great ball speed off the face
  • Twist Face is forgiving
  • Aerodynamic design

Cons

  • May have fallen behind newer drivers as far as high tech advancements
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Tour Edge Hot Launch HL3

Tour Edge HKWRGR01105 Men's HL3 Driver, Right Hand, Regular, Graphite, 10.5 Degree

For those golfers looking to save a little money while still getting a quality driver, this could be the choice for you.

While it lacks in craftsmanship compared to other more expensive drivers, the Hot Launch HL3 still has some impressive credentials.

First is the club head. Forged from titanium, it has a cupped face. This allows for forgiveness on those shots not hit dead on center. Also helping with forgiveness is the variable thickness of the face, a power channel behind the face, and a deep center of gravity.

It seems Tour Edge has gone all out on forgiveness, a plus for senior golfers.

There is also a nod to greater distance with less spin that many drivers.

Pros

  • Low price
  • Forgiving
  • Low ball spin

Cons

  • Quality suffers a bit compared to others here
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Wilson Cortex

Wilson Staff Cortex Golf Driver Men's Right Hand, Regular Flex, 10.5 degree

While the Wilson Cortex is less expensive than many others, it will cost you a bit more than the Tour Edge Hot Launch HL3. It does beat that driver, and almost any other, in one aspect. This is one of the most adjustable drivers on the market.

You can dial in the right configuration for your swing for maximum distance and forgiveness.

The slide track on the bottom of the club means you can search for the right setting for ball spin. Keeping the spin down means a penetrating flight with greater run-out and fewer slices and hooks.

The Cortex also has an 8 gram weight near the toe and a 2 gram weight near the heel. If you want to induce a draw, you can switch the positions of these weights.

The loft can also be adjusted in half-degree increments.

Pros

  • Lightweight carbon fiber construction
  • Slide track for optimum ball flight
  • Adjustable lofts

Cons

  • So many options can be overwhelming
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What To Look For In A Driver For Senior Players

So what are some of the things senior golfers look for in a driver? With slower swing speeds, they need a lightweight driver that produces greater distance, often countering the poor effects from off-center hits. Here’s how these drivers pull that off.

Weight

Club manufacturers shave weight from drivers these days with lightweight but strong materials, both in the shaft and the club head.

This is especially true in the club head, where carbon fiber is utilized to great effect. Carbon fiber is among the strongest materials in the world, adjusted for its weight.

This means a driver can add weight to the back of the club head for a low center of gravity and high moment of inertia, all while still maintaining a low overall weight of the driver.

Distance

Today’s drivers are often designed for lower spin rates. This results in a penetrating launch angle that gives you greater distance and plenty of run-out to add to it. When this is done, you are sacrificing the ability to work the ball left or right.

Many of today’s golfers, senior or not, will gladly make that trade. Whether they know it or not, this is often a more than fair trade. While it’s nice to be able to draw or fade the ball on command, added distance is more important when you have a slow swing speed. All but the best golfers have difficulty working the ball anyway.

The materials and design of the club face can also help give greater distance off the tee. These faces are springier, as the ball rebounds off the face after impact with greater force.

Our Favorite Three

On this list we have, at this writing, one of the newest drivers on the market. While the latest is not always the greatest, the Callaway Mavrik Max utilizes technological advancements to produce one gorgeous and effective driver. It is our pick as the best overall driver for senior golfers.

For the most forgiving driver of the bunch, look no further than the Cobra King F9 Speedback. It utilizes technology on the design of the club to offset the gear effect that can send off-center hits soaring in the wrong direction.

The Tour Edge Hot Launch HL3 has most of the bells and whistles of the best drivers on this list, but at a lower price. That combination gives it high value and earns out pick as the best budget driver for seniors.