When we think of retirement, we often think about spending long days doing what we want to do. Thus, if you are a golf lover, you need to think about how you will enjoy your favorite pastime when you finally retire. After all, golf does require a certain amount of physical exertion. It may not be as rigorous of a sport as football or boxing, but Golf still requires a strong and healthy body to perform well.
As an older person, you may not have the physicality to play as hard as the younger people. There is no shame in this, as it is a perfectly natural aspect of life. The good news is that you can get golf clubs that are specifically designed for older players like you. These are usually referred to as “senior clubs,” and they will be the topic of today’s article.
Let’s take a look at ten of the best senior golf clubs that we were able to find online. Although this list is by no means complete, it should give you a better idea of how the playing field looks.
Built for speed
|Callaway Golf 2018 Men's Rogue X Irons Set|
Easiest to use
|Senior Men’s Majek Golf All Hybrid Complete Full Set|
The Serious Launcher
|PING G700 Black Dot Irons|
The Black Beauties
|Callaway Golf 2019 Big Bertha Iron Set|
The Value Pack
|Callaway Men's Strata Complete Golf Set|
The Speedy One
|TaylorMade Golf M6 Combo Hybrid/Iron Set|
Light as A Feather
|Cobra Golf Men's 2019 F-Max Superlite Complete Set|
For The Ladies
|Wilson Profile XLS Women's Graphite Golf Club Package Set|
|Mizuno JPX919 Hot Metal Golf Iron Set|
This is a very advanced-looking club made from a mix of materials. However, the shaft and most of the head are composed of KBS Max 90 steel. Considering the heavy-duty design, we were surprised that it only weighs about 6 pounds.
As a distance driver, this club does not have the flexibility that most other senior clubs have. However, it does contain “urethane microspheres,” which are supposed to reduce shock and vibration. Based on the reviews, it seems that some people achieved greater distance with this club, while others did not.
This might be the cheapest option on our list. At the price we see, you’re paying about $40 per club, which is amazingly cheap. At the same time, these do not feel or play like cheap clubs. They have excellent flexion, thanks to the graphite shaft and the heavy head. We also really like the arrow-shaped markers that are meant to be lined up with the ball for easier shot judgment.
This is an all-steel model That offers a no-nonsense approach. However, it is an exceptionally expensive club. Not a lot of people will be able to spend this much money on a single club. However, this is a very good club that gets very good reviews.
This is another value set, though it is nowhere near as cheap as the last one we examined. One of the best qualities of these clubs is the composite shaft. By combining steel with graphite, the manufacturers obviously hoped to get a good mix of strength and flexion, and they seem to have achieved that.
This is a very forgiving club, as the striking face has a treaded pocket that helps to guide the ball with greater accuracy. While this might make one wonder if the tread would create friction and reduce velocity, this does not seem to be the case. It could be that the grip combined with the springing action of the composite shaft produces a composite effect.
These are easily the cheapest set of clubs that we have seen so far. All in all, you will pay about $18 per club when you buy this set-and that’s not even counting the included bag. We love the fine-looking chromed finish and the fact that these clubs are made of stainless steel while maintaining a very lightweight. At such a low price, though, we have to be suspicious.
This is a much more expensive set of clubs, but the almost-universally good reviews that we find for this product are an indication that it’s probably worth the money. The whole thing is built to be as smooth and aerodynamic as possible and to get every little bit of speed that is possible.
Although these clubs are light and aerodynamic, they have thick, reinforced hosels that do a great job of providing strength where it is most needed. The graphite shafts are great for seniors who need plenty of flex to spring their ball into the stratosphere. It would be nice to have a warranty with this, but a person can’t expect everything to be perfect.
These are the only set of women’s clubs on our list, so here’s the ideal choice for all you older ladies. These clubs seem to be an excellent example of something that is cheap but satisfactory. At about $18 a club, you couldn’t ask for a better value.
This is a distance driver, and it does its job with great effectiveness. The shaft is kind of stiff but provides just enough springiness that you can feel the effect. Our only real complaint is that this club is harder to clean. All those little fluted lines tend to accumulate dirt and mud, which has to be scraped out.
Now that you’ve seen some of what the market has to offer, let’s talk about some of the specific information about these clubs that you will know in order to make an informed purchase.
What Is The Difference Between Senior Clubs And Normal Clubs?
There are several differences to note here. First of all, senior golf clubs tend to be lighter. Golf clubs usually aren’t that heavy in the first place, but it is especially important for seniors who may not be able to lift a whole bag of heavy clubs. However, weight is not the most important difference.
The primary difference between a normal golf club and a senior golf club lies in their flexibility. When you are swinging at slower speeds (as seniors usually do), you can get a greater amount of power and distance from a flexible club. Obviously, these clubs are not able to bend like rubber, so don’t get the wrong idea. Most golf club shafts are made of springy steel, which means that they are strong and flexible at the same time.
Like a spring, the steel adds a little bit of extra punch to the ball, giving more power with less effort. At this point, you might be wondering why all golf players don’t use more flexible clubs. The answer is that these clubs are not as effective for players who swing at greater speeds.
Are Hybrids Or Irons Better For Seniors?
This will depend on your preference and skill level. Hybrid golf clubs have a wider surface, making it easier to make contact with the ball. For those who may not have the experience or the visual acuity to use a slimmer-headed club, hybrids are often ideal. In general, a hybrid club will be able to drive the same distance as its iron counterpart. For instance, a 9-iron and a 9-hybrid should be able to drive a ball more or less the same distance. In this regard, hybrids would seem like a better choice.
The only downside is that the hybrid club will often be a little bit heavier. Of course, this will depend on the materials of which the club is made, but a larger head will generally be a little larger. It may feel a little bit awkward for those who may be accustomed to standard clubs. However, the difference in weight is not very large, so it’s probably better to use hybrids for most seniors. The exception would be an older person who is skillful enough and experienced enough to negate the natural disadvantages of age.
How Important Is The Material Of The Shaft?
We mentioned earlier that most senior golf club shafts are made from spring steel. However, they might be made from a number of other materials as well. Some models might have shafts made from steel, aluminum, carbon, graphite, epoxy, or even titanium. Titanium is generally the best for those who can afford its extra cost. Titanium is about 45% lighter than steel while still maintaining the same strength. However, you should be aware that some steelmakers have been able to overcome this problem and produce a steel that is just as light and strong as titanium.
Those who want to maximize the flexion advantage might want to consider a carbon, graphite, or epoxy shaft. All of these materials will bend much more easily than metal, making them ideal for those whose swings are especially slow. If you aren’t going to be making big drives anyway, you might as well use something that will maximize your potential.
However, evidence suggests that the shaft material will not make a huge difference. This study might be of interest. Its purpose was to examine the behavior of the shaft in relation to the results. It was a blind test, meaning that the participants were not aware of which golf clubs they were using. They were simply given different clubs and told to hit the ball. When asked to guess the material of the shaft, most participants were unable to do so.
The Importance Of Durability
Like most specialty products, senior golf clubs tend to be a little more expensive. Since the market isn’t as large, the manufacturer has to make more money per sale, which translates to a higher cost for you. Since you will be paying a little more, it is absolutely essential that you choose something that is built to last.
In this department, metal clubs are usually going to last longer. However, that will cease to be the case if the steel is not well-coated. If the plating/enamel wears off and the bare metal is exposed, rust can shorten the life of a steel club by quite a bit. If you live in a high-humidity zone and you want to avoid this, avoid steel clubs. Aluminum and titanium are both rust-proof.
As is evident by now, a golf club is a much more complicated device than most would have thought. The original golf clubs were basically just a hunk of iron on the end of a stick, but science has now turned the manufacture of golf clubs into yet another place where human innovation improves results. We hope that we have given you a good idea of what you need to look for when buying your first senior golf clubs. We also hope that our work will enable you to enjoy your favorite hobby well into old age.