To help women get the ball in the air off the tee, women's drivers have a minimum 12-degree loft, versus 9 to 11 degrees on men's drivers. Women's drivers are usually also lighter than men's. These differences allow women to get better distance, speed and loft off the tee.
Like drivers, women's woods have a higher degree of loft and are lighter than men's woods. In addition, there is a bigger range of women's woods, up to a 13-wood, which is a great replacement for a long iron, as it is easier to hit.
The key differences between men's and women's irons is that women's irons have a much softer flex, and the clubhead may be heavier. The shafts are also shorter, as women, in general, are shorter than men. This combination of differences is designed to make the most of women's slower swing speeds.
Because women's hands are generally smaller than men's, the grips on women's clubs are smaller.