The best golf clubs for seniors
The best golf clubs for seniors
So that is the big question what are the best golf clubs for seniors, my response to that is simply ‘the ones that work for you and your swing’ – but I need to refine that a little because golf equipment over the years has changed dramatically!
In all my other posts or articles I have never really clarified what I deem to be a senior golfer, so here we go:
• Over 55 years of Age
• Male or Female
• Active Golfer in the warmer months of the year
• Who enjoys the game and plays regularly for the company and exercise
Pretty simple really so not major criteria to worry about, however recently I have received comments and emails asking me to clarify my understanding of what is a ‘Senior Golfer’ so I wanted to outline that prior to me looking into what I believe are the best golf clubs for seniors.
Well as we know, the older we get the harder it is to keep on re-creating the club head speed to generate massive drives and carries, it’s not our fault it’s just that our bodies can no longer contort the way it used to be able to, so we have to work with what we have got and get the most out of our swing speed and personal capability.
Many would say that the ‘shaft’ of the golf club is the engine room of the golf club, and I tend to agree 100% that it is the case, a touring golf pro who generates massive club head speed needs to have stiff shafts because of the power and speed of their swings, this works the opposite when we get older!
When you are next browsing in your local golf professionals store or local golf retail store, take a minute to really look at the clubs in a bit more depth and look at the markings on the shafts of the clubs that are on show, whether that be irons, hybrids, fairway woods or drivers, they will all have different shafts in them.
Most golfers I have met throughout my playing career seem to ignore this and prefer the old tried and tested ‘waggle’ method, if it feels good and not too whippy then they assume that this club is perfect for them – how wrong is that statement? Think about that for one minute, if you swing the club head at say around 70 miles per hour then in comparison to the touring pros with a club head speed of approx. 110 mile per hour using a stiff shaft, it sort of jumps out at you and say’s ‘hold on a minute’ I should not be looking at a stiff shaft for my next golf club acquisition!
The majority of the top golf manufacturers now conveniently put a colour code dot system on the sole of the club, so when the clubs are on display in your local pro shop protruding out of the many holes or slots in military alignment, the dot system is an easy way to quickly identify what the shaft is on that particular golf club.
• ‘S’ equals STIFF SHAFT
• ‘R’ equals REGULAR SHAFT
• ‘SR’ equals SENIOR SHAFT
Or even simpler just ask a staff member in the golf pro shop, nine times out of ten they will have a Flight scope monitor or a similar swing speed monitoring software programme, this will quickly analyse your swing and club head speed, then you are on the correct road to purchasing a club that suits you and your swing.
But please be warned that the older we get our swing speeds and patterns will change, so if you are serious about your golf and still wanting to be competitive in the game, you may need to look at changing or buying different clubs more frequently the older we get?
So in conclusion to this article, if you get the correct shaft for your swing then you are on the road to more consistent ball striking, so no need to change your swing or techniques you just need to change your shafts to suit your age and swing speed.
It was only up until a few years ago I would just play with what I felt comfortable with, now that I have a little of inside knowledge I now fully understand the reason why you should be looking at more flexible shafts and more than likely graphite shafts even in your irons going into your later years.
Some teaching pro’s will argue that you need a stiff shaft for a driver and possibly a stiff shaft for a 3 wood, but my findings beg to differ with this, if you are unsure on what to buy then go for the safe option and go ‘regular’ for your drivers, woods and irons, even without professional guidance the regular shaft option would be best suited to your swing even without having your swing analysed.
Then once you have sorted out the shafts that are suited to your game, then the final stage is really selecting the driver, wood or iron that suits your eye, that feels and looks comfortable to you at address!
Considering that you may be playing golf possibly twice a week because you are retired, it makes perfect sense to get the clubs that suit your budget, personal scoring goals and handicap expectations – so next time you are on the lookout for a new golf club, spend a little more time and purchase the one that suits your game?
I hope that this article the best golf clubs for seniors will help you in making a decision on your purchase of golf clubs and if you have any questions regarding this article please do not hesitate to leave me a comment below I will be glad to respond to any comments left.
Happy Golfing as Always.
Bogeys to Birdies
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