The 10 Best Drivers for Senior Golfers in 2023 for Huge Distance
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Senior golfers will eventually run into a need for distance on the golf course. Inevitably, clubs become too stiff, too heavy, and your game suffers because you’re not as long off the tee as you used to be. That’s why using a driver that’s suited to your current game is vitally important. We've put together this list of the 10 best drivers for seniors and explain what makes each driver so beneficial to your distance and accuracy.
10 Best Drivers for Seniors
The 10 drivers that we’ve chosen are based on personal testing and feedback received from senior golfers. There’s a mix of manufacturers with varying price points, which was not necessarily done by design but is convenient in the way it worked out. After looking over this list, hopefully, senior players who are looking to get into a new driver that suits their game will know that plenty of options exist.
|Driver||Price||Adjustable?||Player Profile||Standout Feature|
|XXIO 12||$700||No||Wants ultimate lightweight feel and doesn’t mind premium price||Easy to swing and produces great distance|
|Titleist TSR2||$600||Yes||The more accomplished, lower handicap senior||High launch, low spin, max forgiveness|
|Callaway Epic MAX Star||$629||Yes||If you love the Epic line but need something lighter||Top-tier forgiveness|
|Wilson Launch Pad 2||$300||No||Wants distance and forgiveness without premium price||Effortless high ball flight|
|Cleveland Launcher XL Lite||$229||No||All senior swing speeds and skill levels||Quality and feel for great price|
|Cleveland Women's Launcher XL Lite||$229||No||Best driver for senior women||Lite-weight design increases speed and distance|
|PING G430 HL MAX||$550||Yes||Looking for big distance with moderate swing speed||Multiple points of adjustability|
|XXIO X||$700||Yes||Highly skilled senior players||Large sweet spot|
|Tour Edge Hot Launch E523||$264||No||Players in need of extreme game improvement||Easy launch and high MOI|
|Cobra Air-X OS||$240||No||Players looking for consistency on tee shots||Straight neck and offset options available|
What Makes Drivers Best for Seniors?
Not all drivers are created equal. Some are designed for players who swing over 105 mph, while others are built for golfers with swing speeds in the 80s and low 90s. All, however, are designed to provide the optimal launch conditions for somebody. By utilizing lofts, shaft weights, and shaft flexes that squeeze every yard out of moderate swing speeds, these drivers are the best for most senior golfers.
Driver loft for seniors is critically important because the right loft helps get the ball in the air with little effort. Perhaps you’ve played a driver with 9.5 degrees loft up until this point. If you swing speed has declined (and data proves that as your age increases beyond your 20s and 30s, your swing speed decreases), you should use a driver with at least 10.5 degrees.
Many manufacturers now offer 12-degree drivers for the same purpose. If you’re unsure what loft is right for you, many drivers feature an adjustable hosel so you can finetune your loft as your swing evolves.
Many standard driver shafts are between 55 and 65 grams, but that's too heavy for most senior swing speeds. Shafts intended for seniors are around 45 to 50 grams. A lighter shaft allows you to swing the club faster, which results in more ball speed, and more distance.
Many 45 to 50 gram shafts are senior flex shafts. Depending on the manufacturer, a senior flex shaft is typically indicated as an “SR” or “A” flex. A more flexible shaft for your slower swing speed allows the driver to get into the correct position in your backswing and at impact.
Playing a shaft that's too stiff for your swing speed results in lower ball flight. You should aim for a launch angle between 12 and 15 degrees and if you're launching it too low, there's a good chance your shaft is too stiff, too heavy, or both.
Best Overall: XXIO 12
|Price||$700 [SHOP NOW]|
|Lofts Available||9.5, 10.5, 11.5|
|Player Profile||Wants ultimate lightweight feel and doesn’t mind premium price|
Let’s get this out of the way. The company name is pronounced ZEK-SEE-OH. Now that we have that down, let’s take a look at GolfLink’s best overall driver for seniors, the XXIO 12. As the premium sibling of the Cleveland/Srixon family of equipment, XXIO is known for making clubs that fit slower swings and produce incredible distance.
“We all love that new club feeling, but there’s no feeling quite like swinging XXIO 12 for the first time,” said Noelle Zavaleta, PR and Social Media Marketing Manager for the company. “The lightness, the speed, and the remarkable ease are perfect for moderate swing speed players and make a world of difference, right out of the box.”
We agree. There’s something about your first few swings with the XXIO 12 that feels significantly different than any other driver we tried. That feeling is premium craftsmanship, showcased in every inch of this driver. Some players with faster swing speeds may test out of this model, but for the majority of seniors and slow to moderate speeds, this driver is what you’ve been looking for.
“This driver is easy to swing fast, it’s a whole lot less strain on your body, and it’s one of those rare-but-wonderful club purchases that instantly changes how you play the game,” added Zavaleta.
The XXIO has been engineered to have advanced aerodynamics, and you’ll also read that it has Rebound Frame, which is also found in Cleveland and Srixon clubs. This technology allows the face to flex more at impact, so you feel a distinct pop when you catch a drive around the sweet spot. It’s on the expensive side, yes, but the benefits of the XXIO 12 for senior players cannot be denied.
- Premium look and feel
- Great ball flight
- Satisfying feel at impact
- Premium price
Titleist TSR2 Driver
|Price||$600 [SHOP NOW]|
|Lofts Available||8, 9, 10, 11|
|Player Profile||The more accomplished, lower handicap senior with swing speed of 90 mph or less|
Released in late 2022, the new TSR line of Titleist drivers includes the Titleist TSR2, our pick of the lineup for senior golfers who use the whole club face, and want a driver that launches easily with low spin.
With the TSR2, your worst drives just got a whole lot better. Titleist created a new face with a multi-plateau design for the TSR2. This gives the driver hot spots all across the club face, rather than just in the center, so even when you completely miss the center of the face, you’ll hardly notice a distance drop off.
Forgiveness across the face is paired with ball flight improvements with the TSR2. Titleist moved the CG lower and more forward to make this driver easier to launch higher with less spin, which increases distance.
While Titleist was busy making a fast and forgiving driver, it didn’t stray from its bread and butter, a sleek-looking, confidence-inspiring product. Titleist calls the shape of the TSR2 “player preferred” and the mostly-black club head with subtle accents leaves no doubt it’s a Titleist through and through.
- Forgiving club face for great distance across the face
- Player-preferred, confidence-inspiring look
- Four stock shaft options with no up-charge, many more available for an additional cost
- Top end of the price spectrum even with no shaft upgrade
Callaway Epic MAX Star
|Cost||$629 [SHOP NOW]|
|Lofts Available||10.5, 12|
|Player Profile||If you love the Epic line but need something lighter|
Callaway released its Epic line back in 2017 and it became one of the biggest golf product launches in recent years. The Epic driver was in amateur and professional bags everywhere with everyone talking about Jailbreak Technology. Fast-forward to 2023 and Callaway continues to build upon the Epic success with new drivers such as the Epic MAX Star. This driver is 52 grams lighter than the standard Epic MAX that’s currently available. So, if you’re a Callaway fan but find the Epic to be too heavy, it's time to consider the Callaway Epic MAX Star.
The standout feature on this driver, for us, was forgiveness. Dispersion on toe and heel shots was significantly better than the standard Epic driver, in fact it was the best among all the drivers in the senior category. We even had a few toe shots draw back into the center, which was impressive. The A.I.-designed Jailbreak Speed Frame is an internal structure is great for distance, and it also keeps the driver head stable throughout the swing.
Speaking of distance, the Epic MAX Star produces a lot of it. Callaway’s Flash Face technology allows for an extremely thin face which feels great at impact and provides effortless loft. The sliding weight track on the rear of the driver head also allows you to tune the bias from fade to draw, or neutral.
- Maximum forgiveness
- Appearance with gold detail
- High launch
Wilson Launch Pad 2
|Price||$300 [SHOP NOW]|
|Lofts Available||9, 10.5, 13|
|Player Profile||Wants distance and forgiveness without premium price|
Wilson's Launch Pad lineup was so well-received that it has now reached its next generation with the Launch Pad 2. True to its name, the Launch Pad is a rocket off of the tee and effortlessly launches the ball into the air. That's why the Launch Pad 2 is a great choice for an all-around driver that will help senior players.
With a draw-bias, the Launch Pad 2 has slice forgiveness that you can actually feel. We also like that at address, the offset is subtle and the look is confidence-inspiring. While the look is great, the direction and dispersion are even better. The stock Evenflow shaft from Project X is light and promotes tighter dispersion and ideal launch. From our first swing, we noticed how the ball got up nice and high, even on swings we slowed down. Players who still pack a more moderate swing speed should consider the 9 or 10.5 degree head to avoid ballooning drives.
Distance-wise, the Launch Pad 2 fell right into the middle of the pack. For slower swing speeds, ball speed numbers are likely to be better than any driver specced for a 100 mph swing or more. This driver is light and versatile to produce your ideal distance numbers. For seniors looking for a great value driver to fit their game, the Launch Pad 2 is a steal at $300.
- Easy loft
- Tight dispersion
- Easy to hit too high
Cleveland Launcher XL Lite
|Price||$229 [SHOP NOW]|
|Lofts Available||10.5, 12|
|Player Profile||All senior swing speeds and skill levels|
Cleveland Golf’s Launcher series has endeared itself to countless golfers, of all skill levels, for quite some time. If you ever owned a Launcher driver you’ll know that it always outperformed its price tag, which has always been very reasonable. Sticking with tradition, the Cleveland Launcher XL Lite is only $229, although it plays like some drivers that cost more than twice as much.
The Launcher XL Lite is not adjustable, which will be a non-factor for some and a big deal for others. The fact is, if you’re looking for a lighter driver, the bonded head helps eliminate 12-grams of weight, which helps you swinging this club faster. If you held all the drivers on this list in a row, you’d likely notice the Launcher XL Lite has the largest head. While it has a 460cc head, the way that the weighting is distributed and the aerodynamic design gives it a larger appearance.
If Rebound Frame sounds familiar, that’s because you read about it in our best overall selection, the XXIO 12. The same technology is in the Launcher XL Lite, but with different variations of materials. The pop you feel at impact, though, is strikingly similar to the XXIO 12, which costs about double the Launcher XL Lite.
- Low, deep weighting
- Easy to align
- Great feel at impact
- Less forgiving on shots hit low on the face
Cleveland Women's Launcher XL Lite
|Price||$229 [SHOP NOW]|
|Player Profile||Senior women seeking lightweight driver|
The Cleveland Women's Launcher XL Lite is designed specifically for slower-swinging ladies who seek the lightest-weight driver in order to maximize swing speed and distance off the tee.
The women's edition comes standard with 12-degrees of loft in the head, a ladies-flex Project X Cypher 40 shaft, and a Winn Dri-Tac Ladies grip. Each of those components assists distance by saving weight and promoting higher launch. The Ladies edition is also 44.25 inches long, compared to the 46-inch men's version.
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At under $250, the Women's Launcher XL Lite is not only our top pick for senior ladies, it's a great value driver that offers an option for every golfer looking to get the most out of their swing speed.
PING G430 HL MAX
|Price||$550 [SHOP NOW]|
|Lofts Available||9, 10.5, 12|
|Player Profile||Looking for big distance with moderate swing speed|
Distance and forgiveness. That’s what PING is known for, and nestled in the newest PING driver is the G430 High Launch MAX, which continues that legacy in a club specially designed for players who’ve lost some swing speed over the years. The High Launch build includes lightweight head, shaft, and grip options for maximum speed. In fact, in PING’s testing, slower swing speed golfers gained nine yards with the High Launch setup.
The G430 HL MAX is adjustable all over. For starters, it includes a lighter, 11-gram rear weight that can be slotted into draw, fade, or neutral positions to manipulate shots left or right between settings. For comparison, the standard G430 MAX utilizes a heavier 25-gram weight.
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The hosel is also adjustable, not only giving you loft options up or down 1.5 degrees from the standard setting (available in 9, 10.5 and 12), but allowing you to adjust the lie up to 3 degrees flat.
In addition to a lighter backweight, the PING G430 HL setup includes the Alta Quick shaft, and the light, 41-gram Lamkin UTx grip. The HL build is available in the MAX and SFT (Straight Flight Technology) editions of the PING G430 driver.
- Maximum adjustability
- Designed from head to grip specifically for golfers with slower swing speeds
- Excellent distance
- Lighter rear weight yields less influence than the 25-gram weight in the standard G430
XXIO X Series
|Price||$700 [SHOP NOW]|
|Lofts Available||9.5, 10.5|
|Player Profile||Highly skilled senior players|
The XXIO X driver should not be confused with the XXIO 12, which won our best overall driver for seniors. While it's made by XXIO, the target audience for the X driver is highly skilled, moderate to higher swing speed players. Seniors who still take much younger players’ money on the course should look at the X to get into those pockets even more.
The XXIO X is offered in lofts of 9.5 and 10.5, which should be the first indicator that it’s not intended for seniors who need help getting the ball in the air. With that said, sticking with XXIO consistency, we had no trouble getting the ball up even with the 9.5-degree head. This driver produces the most penetrating ball flight of any other on this list, which appeals to the better player who does not want to lose yardage by hitting the ball too high.
For distance, this driver appeals to seniors because of its larger sweet spot. It allows for slight misses on the heel and toe, but going too far one way or the other results in some significant drop off in yardage, as to be expected. In our opinion, the XXIO X is the ideal solution for the better senior who prefers a more player-type driver.
- Large sweet spot
- Penetrating flight
- Ideal for moderate to high swing speeds
- Not intended for slow swinging seniors
Tour Edge Hot Launch E523
|Price||$264 [SHOP NOW]|
|Lofts Available||10.5, 12, 15|
|Player Profile||Players in need of extreme game improvement|
The Tour Edge Hot Launch E523 is the latest Extreme Game Improvement driver from Tour Edge to earn founder Dave Glod’s “easiest driver you will ever hit” praise.
Tour Edge prioritized optimal launch and accuracy with the E523, incorporating its Houdini Sole, which boosts forgiveness and improves launch by shifting weight low and deep.
The Ridgeback crown helps with alignment and acoustics, simultaneously promoting straighter shots and drawing attention to them. The heel weighting also assists straighter shots, fighting the slice that plagues so many golfers.
The Hot Launch E523 is available in three lofts, 10.5, 12, and the high-launch 15-degree version. Perhaps one of the most impressive elements of the entire package is the price. At just over $250, this driver is half the price of most of the other drivers in this category and delivers optimal performance designed for golfers with slower swing speeds.
- Easy to hit
- Dollar-for-dollar, the best driver in the Senior category
- Lifetime warranty from Tour Edge
- Heel-weighted to fight a slice
- No adjustability
Cobra Air-X OS
|Price||$240 [SHOP NOW]|
|Lofts Available||9.5, 10.5, 11.5|
|Player Profile||Players looking for consistency on tee shots|
Cobra does a great job at sneaking in the game with some really good technology and clubs that truly perform. It’s easy to forget about Cobra in the world of Titleist, Callaway, PING, and others, but when you have big hitters like Bryson DeChambeau and Lexi Thompson sporting the equipment, it’s a reminder that Cobra cranks out some high-quality equipment. The Air-X driver from Cobra is a club we highly encourage all seniors to demo, because the results will surprise you.
This driver is effortless to swing but doesn’t take the clubhead weight out of the equation. The Air-X is available in offset (OS) or straight neck versions, and the straight neck version allows you to shape draws and fades, if that’s how you like to get around the golf course. If you’re in need of slice-fighting assistance, the offset version produces a nice consistent right-to-left ball flight for right-handed golfers.
Like many drivers on this list, Cobra makes off-center strikes less worrisome as the sweet spot is extended north, south, east, and west of center to allow you to swing fast and freely. The top design is very clean with easy alignment, nothing overdone in that area which is a pleasant surprise. For a game that’s difficult enough as is, the Cobra Air-X driver brings a little extra fun back into play.
- Offset and straight neck designs
- Off-center misses
- Clean look
- Would like to see more roll after landing
For senior golfers, taking the leap to new equipment that is designed for your game can be a hard one to make. For one, it’s a financial investment. Another reason is the realization that your existing equipment just isn’t the best fit anymore. We hope that this list provides insight and encouragement that not only great equipment exists for you, but it exists in a variety of price points to suit your budget. Here’s to hitting it longer than you did 10 years ago.