Buying golfing equipment was always a bittersweet endeavor. Huge choice of quality pieces and a lot of specific details that separate good clubs from the bad ones make this incredibly rewarding experience for golfers who enjoy challenge and research, and extremely exhausting chore for all the others who just want the best club for the money. Here are a few guidelines that should help the latter group to find the best driver for seniors 2017 has to offer.
Let’s take a look at some of the most famous golf drivers for seniors and see how they fare in regards to the requirements we set above.
Following the footsteps of the very popular G20 driver, G25 does everything in its power to justify the price gap, and for the most part, it succeeds. What's most important, the driver offers the ease of use that we've come to expect from the G series, which means that G25 is very well suited for senior golf players.
The device’s footprint is surprisingly big, but with the inclusion of lightweight materials like graphite and titanium, and easy-on-the-eyes matte finishing G25 neither looks nor feels too heavy. The loft can be adjusted to 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 12° and the club is suited for lefties as well.
As for the performance, G25 is as forgivable as it gets. With an elongated design and deeper center of gravity, the driver allows less spinning and higher-reaching shots, which can be ideal if you are going for straightforward strokes. The shaft back is made to counterbalance the weight of the head, which can do nothing but improve the shot distance.
Over the last couple of years, Wilson pushed very firmly into the market of super-light drivers meant for slower swingers. And much like the previous mention,
D200 comes hot on the heels of another popular driver (D100). So, does D200 earns its spot and price tag, or is it just another club that should expand Wilson's portfolio?
The answer is very hard to find because D200 represents more of an evolutionary than a revolutionary step forward. Red Light technology allows players to swing faster while investing the same effort, and Reactive Face technology provides more forgiveness on heel and toe impacts, but that’s not something that we are not already used to see in this market segment.
It’s good to know, though, that the very performance is excellent and that the options to adjust loft and face angle offer a decent amount of customizability.
A chemically-etched crown increases the thickness toward the face and provides very consistent, almost automatic ball trajectory. All in all, a very good driver that ticks all the right boxes.
Although it is by no means a cheap club, M2 is the TaylorMade’s first multi-material club that sells at this point, which essentially makes it a watered-down version of the company's previous outing M1.
And M1 was an excellent driver that offered a lot of tweaks and lots of adjustabilities. So, how much is lost in the translation?
M2 very often performs like a true missile-launcher that shoots a barrage of low-flying but far-reaching bullets. The beautiful blend of carry and roll does a great job at keeping the ball speed steady.
On the other hand, the very club is not that consistent, and it's aimed more toward well-versed swingers. The feedback you get when you strike the ball is not that great, either.
M2 does, however, offer a lot of tweaks and adjustments so that the inconsistent performance can be addressed. And to end this entry on a positive note – the club is a real visual stunner
Granted, the name of this driver sounds very cheesy and makes some big promises, but even at first glance, it's obvious that Callaway did it's best to fill in these rather big shoes. The driver looks great, and the list of real and supposed innovations is very long.
The most obvious addition is the heavily promoted Jailbreak technology. Thanks to the two titanium bars positioned behind the face, the head deforms at the impact and produces more speed across a much larger area. A perfect purchase for all players who are swinging bellow 100mph.
As for the rest, Big Bertha Epic Driver is a pretty standard affair. The driver has an excellent grip, offers lots of forgiveness and showcases a very steady and consistent performance. It may not be the cheapest entry on the list, but it provides a lot of bang for the buck
This driver is yet another buzzword- rich offering from Callaway. However, unlike Big Bertha brand that is positioned as senior-friendly flagship lineup, XR looks more like a heavyweight midrange working horse and that is, by no means, a bad thing. On the contrary, XR plays its role with a lot of grace and bravado.
Featuring great forgiveness, this driver reduces the spinning on even the worst of the misses. The length of central strikes is more than reasonable, and you can expect very consistent, reliable, and repeatable trajectories. The grip is slightly tacky, and it feels great.
As for the Speed Step Crown, this feature essentially represents a double ridge carved in the inside of the head that reduces turbulence.
Overall, this and other upgrades add the additional 5-10 yards in each swing, which is not spectacular but not that bad either. All in all the club looks good and performs even better.
It's the time to wrap things up, and three clubs stand out as the obvious favorites for the title of the best driver for seniors currently on the market – M2, Big Bertha, and XR. Out of the three, M2 offers least consistency, so we're going to write it off as well.
And that leads us to the big question – which club is better, Big Bertha or XR? The final decision is up to you and what you expect from your driver. Big Bertha is obviously aimed at more professional players, and it has the price to back this fact up. XR is, on the other hand, oriented more toward casual seniors. Both of them serve their purpose more than well, but because of the excellent price/quality ratio, we will give a slight advantage to XR
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