Best Golf Clubs For Seniors: Here's our 2018 Picks
Exceptional performance, exceptional value
Offering an unrivaled combination of forgiveness, playability, distance and value.
The clubs in this set are also ultra-lightweight especially with the graphite shaft option, making it in our opinion, the best choice for a senior golfer.
The clubs in this set are also ultra-lightweight especially with the graphite shaft option, making it in our opinion, the best choice for a senior golfer.
Best Golf Clubs For Seniors
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Senior golfers often experience decline in strength, swing speed and accuracy, and having a forgiving club can help in producing decent performance, even when you don’t have adequate swing speed or when you are hitting the ball off-center.
Check our our F.A.Q section here for more in-depth explanation regarding how to choose your senior clubs.
With clubs geared toward forgiveness, we often find too much sacrifice in playability and performance. This is due to the fact that the main technology applied to achieve forgiveness is through center of gravity (CG) placement, the closer the CG to the shaft, the more accurate the club is, but it will lose shot-shaping capabilities.
That is not the case with the Strata Ultimate set, as the clubs in this set offer very decent playability and excellent performance in distance. Thanks to the low-back CG placement, as well as balanced overall weight, giving you a great comprise between forgiveness and playability.
For an even cheaper option, you can choose the Callaway Men’s Strata Complete Golf Club Set with Bag (12-Piece) with one less wood, one less hybrid, and no sand wedge. Considering the fact that the driver and woods, in our opinion, are the most beneficial clubs for senior golfers, the 12-piece option remains a nice pick.
For senior players with lower handicap that are looking for boosts in performance, the Callaway Strata Tour Complete Set offers longer distance and better playability, with a slight sacrifice in forgiveness.
These are thanks to the lower loft angles and more flex on the clubfaces.
Check out our F.A.Q section here for more information regarding choosing loft angles.
The Strata Tour set is slightly more expensive than the Strata Ultimate, but you get better-looking clubs, standing bag, longer distance, and better shot-shaping capability.
It is worth noting, however, that all the clubs included in the Strata Tour set are lower lofted, which is pretty noticeable in the woods, driver, and irons. The lower your swing speed, the higher loft angle you will need.
So, it will be more difficult for senior players with lower swing speeds to lift the ball. The Strata Tour set, again, is much more suited for better players with swing speed above 90 mph.
The most affordable option on this list is the Wilson Golf Men’s 2017 Ultra Complete Package Set which is significantly cheaper than the Callaway Strata Ultimate Set.
With this price tag, we can expect a sacrifice in quality compared to the other sets. Indeed, the clubs included in the Wilson Ultra Complete Package offer less forgiveness and shorter distance compared to the Callaway sets above.
However, the Wilson Golf Ultra Complete Set is actually pretty decent: the driver is adequately forgiving with decent performance in distance, the irons are well-balanced with great feel and are quite easy to use, the included hybrid and wood are also pretty forgiving and easy enough to lift the ball with.
If you are looking for a great senior club set without breaking the bank, this set is definitely worth considering.
Last but not least, there is the high-end option: TaylorMade 2017 M2 Men’s Combo Golf Set, featuring TaylorMade’s flagship M2 irons, wedges, and hybrids in a single set.
Unlike the other sets above, the M2 Combo Set doesn’t include a driver and fairway woods, and is significantly more expensive than the rest. However, you do get a very high-end clubs in this set.
If you do have the budget (including buying the separate woods), you won’t be disappointed with the M2 Set, especially if you are looking for more distance. They are some of, if not the longest clubs available in the market, and also some of the most forgiving.
Table Of Contents
- 1 Best Golf Clubs For Seniors: Here's our 2018 Picks
- 1.1 Best Golf Clubs For Seniors
- 1.2 Too Long, Didn't Read: Our Review For People In A Hurry
- 1.3 The Best Balance Between Price and Quality: Callaway Men's Strata Ultimate Complete Golf Set
- 1.4 Performance-Oriented Set: Callaway Strata Tour Complete Set
- 1.5 The Most Affordable, Yet Decent Option: Wilson Golf Men's Ultra Complete Package Set
- 1.6 The Top-Of-The-Line Choice: TaylorMade M2 Men's Combo Golf Set
- 1.7 Q&A Best Golf Clubs For Seniors
- 1.7.1 Why Do Seniors Benefit From These Specific Club Sets?
- 1.7.2 What To Consider Before Buying Golf Clubs For Seniors
- 1.7.3 Senior Shaft Flex: Do I Need It?
- 1.7.4 Which Loft Angle Should I Pick?
- 1.7.5 How Can I Increase My Swing Speed?
- 1.7.6 Which Launch Angle Should I Aim For If I Want To Increase My Swing Speed?
- 1.7.7 Which Senior Grade Golf Balls Should I Play With?
The Best Balance Between Price and Quality: Callaway Men's Strata Ultimate Complete Golf Set
The Callaway Men’s Strata Ultimate Complete Set is among the most impressive senior golf sets available.
The set offer a complete package of clubs, with excellent forgiveness and performance in distance, making it easy to use by senior players with sub-par swing speed.
To truly understand the value of the Strata Tour Complete Set, we should discuss each club included in the set.
The Callaway Strata Ultimate Set includes 13 different clubs in the package: a driver, a 3-wood, a 5-wood, a 4-hybrid, a 5-hybrid 6- to 9-irons, a pitching wedge, a sand wedge, and a heel-to-toe putter. There are five headcovers for the driver, woods, and hybrids, as well as a standing bag.
Driver and Woods:
The included driver features a 460cc titanium head, designed for forgiveness with a huge sweet spot thanks to its low-back center of gravity placement. There are two other fairway woods included in the package, a 3-wood and 5-wood, both also feature huge faces and sweet spots. All three come with ultra-lightweight graphite shafts that are ideal for senior golfers, offering more flex that are easy to wield thanks to its weight. Check out our F.A.Q. section here for more explanation regarding flex.
There are two hybrids included in the set, a 4-hybrid and a 5-hybrid to replace the 3-5 irons, that are often difficult to hit with. The hybrids are very forgiving and versatile, as they are equally easy to use in the fairway and in the rough.
Irons and Wedges:
Included in the Strata Complete Set are four irons, a pitching wedge, and a sand wedge. The included irons are 6- to 9-irons, and feature the offset design which is great for seniors and high-handicappers. The offset design is not only great in the visual aspect, but will also give you an easier time in lifting the ball. Offset design will also help with slicing tendencies.
The sand wedge is also a great inclusion in the set, as it is a rarity in a senior/beginner set especially in this price range.
The strata set included a mallet-shaped putter, which is easier to use than a blade putter and is designed for more forgiveness. The face of the putter is milled to further help with accuracy and forgiveness.
The common downside for mallet putters, however, is that they don’t feel as great as blade putters, with less playability. Yet, the Strata set’s putter has a great feel especially on the greens, thanks to its balanced weight designed for more control.
Bag and Other Accessories:
The Strata set package includes an ultra-lightweight stand bag with six pockets, tee holders, and a rain hood. The bag is a little flimsy although it is well-designed, and is not too comfortable to wield on your shoulders. Considering the price tag of the whole package, it is still a nice inclusion. There are also five headcovers for the woods and hybrids.
The Strata set is definitely one of the best golf club sets for seniors, especially those struggling due to decline in swing speed and accuracy. It is stylish, well-designed, very forgiving, and offers a very nice, balanced feel throughout the set. The woods are especially exceptional, as expected from Callaway.
The Callaway Strata Tour Set is, in many ways, pretty similar to the Strata Ultimate Set (18-piece) discussed above.
The main difference is that the Strata Tour is designed towards performance and playability, while the Strata Ultimate offers more forgiveness.
So, the Strata Tour is more suited for mid to low handicap senior golfers looking to boost their performance. Let us dissect each piece included in the package, and their main differences compared to the Strata Ultimate.
The Callaway Strata Tour Set includes 13 different clubs in the package: a driver, a 3-wood, a 5-wood, a 4-hybrid, a 5-hybrid 6- to 9-irons, a pitching wedge, a sand wedge, and a heel-to-toe putter. There are five headcovers for the driver, woods, and hybrids, as well as a standing bag.
Driver and Woods:
The driver features a 460cc titanium head with a huge sweet spot. It is a little lighter compared to the Strata Ultimate, and is significantly longer. We feel that the Strata Ultimate driver is slightly more forgiving.
The driver features a 10.5-degree loft angle, which is significantly lower than 12-degree loft found on the Strata Ultimate driver. The lower your swing speed, the higher you will need the loft angle to lift the ball easily. So, as you can see, the Strata Tour set is geared towards players with higher swing speed. If you have much difficulty in lifting the ball or if your swing speed is below 90 mph, the loft angle might be too low for you. The lofts in the fairway woods, however, are pretty similar.
It is also worth noting that the Strata Tour driver and woods are significantly better-looking than the Strata Ultimate counterparts. The satin silver finish with a touch of red and black is simply better than the relatively plain silver on the Strata Ultimate.
The hybrids are pretty similar to what we’ve found on the Strata Ultimate Set, with the exception of looks. Again, the Strata Tour hybrids are better-looking.
Irons and Wedges:
The irons and wedges are significantly lower-lofted, and are designed for more distance and playability. They are still very forgiving, but you might have difficulty in lifting the ball, especially if you don’t have a sufficient swing speed. Also worth noting is that the irons don’t feature the offset design.
Bag and Accessories:
As with the Strata Ultimate Set, here you get an included standing bag and 5 headcovers for the driver, hybrids, and fairway woods. The standing bag is not only better-looking compared to the Strata Ultimate but is also more comfortable to wield on your shoulders.
Worth noting is that the Strata Tour Set will be more difficult to play with, especially if you don’t have the necessary swing speed (at least 90 mph and above). This is due to the lower loft angle across the whole set, which will hinder your ability to launch the ball.
If you do have the necessary swing speed, the Strata Tour is the better pick, offering you more satisfying performance and playability.
The Most Affordable, Yet Decent Option: Wilson Golf Men's Ultra Complete Package Set
The Wilson Ultra Complete Set is significantly more affordable than the Callaway Strata Ultimate Set, even when compared to the 12-piece Strata Set.
This is definitely the main highlight of the set.
So, the question is, how will the Wilson Ultra Complete Set fare against the more expensive Callaway Strata Ultimate Set?
The Wilson Ultra Complete Package includes 10 different clubs in the package: a driver, a 3-wood, a 4-hybrid, 6- to 9-irons, a pitching wedge, and a heel-to-toe putter. There are three headcovers for the driver, wood, and hybrid, as well as a standing bag.
Driver and Woods:
Both the driver and the 3-wood feature lightweight graphite shafts, which are ideal for senior golfers.
The driver does feature a 460cc head. It is pretty decent with a nice balance in weight, but not as forgiving as other drivers mentioned above. The 3-wood has a flatter bottom with a large, rounded head, so it glides quite easily.
In all honesty, the woods are pretty decent, but not as forgiving as the Callaway sets reviewed above. Considering the price, however, you get a fair value.
The set included a 4-hybrid to replace the 4-iron, which is often very difficult to use. It is, again, pretty decent with a low-back center of gravity placement. It has a pretty big head, well-balanced weight, and great overall feel.
The set includes 6- to 9-irons and a pitching wedge. Notice that there’s no sand wedge included on this set, so you will need to purchase a separate one. The irons feature a pretty decent grip, and offer excellent feel throughout the set.
The mallet-style putter features a heel-toe weighted alignment to give you more forgiveness.It is, surprisingly, a pretty decent putter considering the price of this set. It is well-balanced in weight, has a great feel, and pretty accurate.
Bags and Accessories:
The set includes a pretty decent bag in black and yellow color. It is pretty nice with a large storage space and pockets, but the yellow color might not be for everyone. There are three headcovers for the driver, 3-wood, and 4-hybrid.
The Top-Of-The-Line Choice: TaylorMade M2 Men's Combo Golf Set
First things first, the Taylormade M2 Combo Set is rather unique compared to other sets on this list since you can choose between three different options with the same price:
- 3- and 4-hybrids, 5- to 9- irons, and a pitching wedge
- 4- and 5- hybrids, 6- to 9- irons, a pitching wedge, and a sand wedge
- 4- and 5-hybrids, 6- to 9-irons, a pitching wedge, and an approach wedge
So, basically in this Combo Set, you get 2 hybrids and 6 irons/wedges.
Notice you don’t get driver/wood with this set, compared to others on this list, and this Combo Set is the most expensive by a significant margin.
Now, the price tag is definitely a con. Consider the fact that the M2 series, along with the M1 is TaylorMade’s current top-of-the-line flagship clubs, so you get 8 of some of the best clubs available today in this Taylormade M2 Combo Set.
Let us discuss the features you will find in the hybrids, irons, and wedges respectively.
Irons and Wedges:
The M2 Irons are known as some of the best irons in the game today and not without their reasons. The main highlight is the huge, unsupported face that features TaylorMade’s newest Speed Pocket, allowing the face to flex more, producing excellent ball speed even during your mis-hits.
The Speed Pocket is only featured in the 5-, 6-, and 7- irons, and so they have significantly stronger lofts compared to the 8- and 9- to enhance the Speed Pocket. The irons offer great feel and sound, and are some of the best-looking clubs in the business.
The wedges are pretty strong, with the pitching wedge featuring a 43.5-degree loft. The approach/gap wedge at 49-degrees is actually pretty versatile, and we will actually recommend you to take the gap wedge option.
All of the irons and wedges feature a high, penetrating flight with mid-to-low spin, yet, they are very forgiving thanks to the Speed Pocket among other technologies. These traits represent the M2’s characteristic of combining forgiveness and distance.
If you are familiar with TaylorMade M2 driver and woods, the hybrids have several differences compared to the fairway woods: the head is full stainless steel instead of composite steel and carbon found on the driver and woods, and feature a slightly taller face.
The hybrids feature a 6-section fluted hosel, allowing you to adjust the loft angle, so they are pretty versatile. As with the irons, the hybrids are very forgiving, if not being some of the most forgiving hybrids available, and also geared towards distance with mid-low spin.
However, considering the M2 series is all about the multi-composite material, the all-steel head on the hybrids does seem a bit off. Overall, pretty decent hybrids that are well-balanced, very forgiving, and very long.
Q&A Best Golf Clubs For Seniors
To answer this question, we should first look at the issues typically faced by senior golfers. Without intending to generalize matters, there are three major issues commonly faced by a senior golfer:
With the advancing age, many if not most senior golfers experience a decrease in their swing speeds. The decrease can be drastic, forcing the senior golfer to change their playstyle completely.
Stamina, Strength, and Fitness
Besides affecting their swing speed, senior golfers often experience a decrease in their overall strength and fitness. So, senior golfers may have difficulty in wielding heavier clubs.
Due to the decrease in swing speed and strength, senior golfers not only have the issue with distance, but also in lifting the ball to the air.
Senior-grade golf clubs are specifically built to tackle those issues: they tend to be lighter than regular clubs to help with the strength issue.
Most of them are designed for more forgiveness with bigger sweet spots, and often have a more flexible graphite shaft to aid both accuracy and distance. Last but not least, there is the extra loft to aid with flight trajectory.
There are several factors to consider when purchasing your senior-grade golf dubs.
The key principle is similar to what we have discussed in the previous question: figure out the key areas where you feel decline compared to your peak years, and find the right clubs that can aid you in those areas.
Here are a few considerations to help you:
Generally, you should look for shafts that weigh less than 60 grams, and club head that is also relatively light. A lighter shaft can help improve swing speed and timing, and will also be more comfortable to wield.
Shaft Design and Flexibility
The overall design of the shaft can make the whole difference in your game. You should especially consider the weight distribution and overall length. A shaft that is heavier towards the grip side can improve your accuracy, while a longer shaft can help with swing speed, power, and width.
Shaft flexibility, on the other hand, will specifically help with your swing.
The more flexible the shaft is, the easier it will be to build up power in your swing. If you are especially struggling with swing speed and power, look for a more flexible shaft.
The loft angle of the club head will affect the ball’s flight trajectory. As mentioned on the previous question, many senior golfers suffer from the difficulty of gaining enough lifts. The higher the loft angle, the higher the flight trajectory will be, so you should make the choice based on your needs and difficulties. Generally, you can look for up to 15 degrees loft angle for improvements.
Club Face and Head
Generally, you should look for more forgiveness in your club face and head. Many approaches in design and technology can be taken to achieve more forgiveness: a bigger face will translate to a bigger sweet spot, movable weight can also aid forgiveness, as well as other technologies. More forgiveness will aid senior golfers’ decline in both swing speed and accuracy.
Most senior golfers will indeed benefit from senior shaft flex.
To answer this question, you should first assess your playstyle, how much decline you have in your swing speed, and your overall needs.
A senior flex shaft is more flexible than a regular shaft, yet still stiffer than ladies’ shafts.
Here are a few pointers you can use to make this decision:
- If you can still hit more than 230 yards with your regular flex on a driver, stick with it. If, however, your distance dropped below 230 yards, consider a senior flex.
- Even if you can still hit enough distance (230 yards and above), a softer flex will actually benefit you, if you have a very fast and smooth swing
- If you have the tendency to slice the ball, a senior flex will help you. On the other hand, consider a stiffer flex if you have the tendency to hook the ball.
The easiest way to answer this is to first measure your swing speed.
Once you’ve figured out the number, here is an easy way to determine the proper loft angle for your driver.
If your swing speed is more than 100 mph, stick with 9-11 degrees of loft angle. For every 10 mph below this 100 mph limit, you should generally add one to two degrees.
So, if your swing speed is between 60 to 70 mph, pick a driver with 13 to 15 degrees loft angle. Similarly, choose a loft angle between 11 to 13 degrees if your swing speed is between 80 and 90 mph.
There are many factors that can affect swing speed. However, they will boil down to just three basic principles:
- Hitting the ball squarely on the clubface (precision)
- Higher launch angle, minimal spin (launch angle)
- Your clubhead speed (speed)
Precision comes from having the correct stance and enough practice to build accuracy.
There is no shortcut for this part, although having a forgiving club can help. More forgiveness in your club will generally mean the club will generate enough ball speed, even when your hit is off-center.
Regarding speed, the most common misconception is that swinging ‘harder’ will directly increase your swing speed.
While there’s truth to that, we should also maintain balance, stability, and accuracy throughout the swing to generate enough speed without sacrificing precision and launch angle.
The trickiest part is arguably the balance between launch angle and spin.
Because we are hitting the ball at an angle to gain enough trajectory, generally we will generate more spin. So, how can we minimize spin while producing enough trajectory?
While precision does account, having the correct equipment also matters. Modern clubs that are designed for distance, especially drivers, incorporate some form of technologies to decrease spin rate. Also, there are golf balls that are also designed to produce less spin.
Launch angle will be a more complicated discussion, and so we will discuss it in the next question.
This is a very tough question to answer.
Thankfully, with the advancements in technology, we do have benchmarks and pointers of the proper launch angle you should aim, depending on your swing speed.
The basic idea is, the slower your swing speed, the higher the launch angle you should aim. Having a club with higher loft will help to achieve this, although you can also do it manually by changing your address.
According to a research by Trackman, the average driver launch angle in the PGA Tour is 10.9 degrees. Now, most of PGA tour players have a swing speed of 120 mph and above, and able to produce a 300-yard drive.
Expert amateur golfers with 5 handicap and below should look for 11.2-degree launch angle, with the assumption that they can produce 110-120 mph of swing speed.
For the average golfer with around 105 mph of clubhead speed, the ideal launch angle is 14.5 degrees, with around 2,800 RPM of spin rate.
Based on the principles we have learned above, you should look for golf balls with medium-high, penetrating flight with low spin. Here are some that we will recommend:
Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls
Penetrating flight and low spin, The Pro V1 is among one of the best golf balls available in the market today.
Titleist Velocity Golf Balls
Higher flight but even lower spin, more affordable than the Pro V1.