Although it was always considered a pretty elitist sport, such claims about golf couldn't be further from the truth. As a matter of fact, today, golf is one of the most inclusive sports in existence both gender and age-wise. Still, as with any other physical activity, some limitations and variations are to be expected.
For example, ladies and gentlemen that have over 50 years usually swing their clubs at much lower speeds, so they need to compensate for this drawback by adjusting the equipment. Since the driver is the longest club that pushes the ball the furthest, it looks like a perfect place to make those adjustments. Here are a few things you should pay attention to while choosing.
Launch angle is the angle at which you strike the ball into the air with your driver and is largely determined by the degree of the loft in the driver. Ultimately, the launch angle is one of the biggest factors determining the spin rate, and, in turn, the speed of the ball. So, if you have a slower swing, you should try to improve the angle. Here is a general guideline:
• 60-70mph – 13-15 degrees
• 70-80mph – 12-14 degrees
• 80-90mph – 11-13 degrees
• 90-100mph – 10-12 degrees
• 100+ mph – 9-11 degrees
Weight of the Shaft
Since heavier shafts traditionally produce lower spin rates, and they are much harder to carry and swing around, in this scenario, they are completely out of the question. Instead, you should look for the lighter shafts that will enhance your speed without lowering the spin rate. That means – shafts that weigh no more than 50-55 grams.
All good clubs have to have properly distributed weight. In the case of drivers, moving more weight toward grip instead of clubhead can improve the distance and accuracy of your strokes, so always look for the clubs that feature the heavier grip.
Length of the Shaft
The length of the shaft you are going to choose depends entirely on your skill and playing style which means that shorter and longer shafts are both to be taken into consideration. However, there is no denying that if you know how to correctly aim your strike and hit the ball in the dead center, the longer shaft can cover more distance in one stroke. If you are not that skillful, you should better stay off the excessively long shafts, and stick to the 43-46-inch range.
The rules regarding flex are fairly straightforward – slower the swing, the more flex you want in the shaft. So, if you are hitting the ball at the speeds slower than 110mph, you should probably choose some of the regular shafts (the most flexible ones). On the other hand, if you are still swinging fast, you can try your luck with some of the extra stiff shafts.
The size of the clubhead is measured in cubic centimeters. The biggest size that is currently allowed is 460cc, while most of the available clubheads don't go below 440cc. Although the gap looks very slight, the difference in performance brought to you by this 20cc couldn't be more drastic. Most notably, the 440cc clubheads are meant for the players who like to take more part in shaping the ball trajectory. If you are not that skillful anymore and prefer direct shots, go with 460cc.
Since the most of the currently available clubs are made of titanium, you won’t have to spend too much time looking for the best build material, and in this case, that is not that bad of a thing. Titanium is very durable, and yet very lightweight. However, there is still a couple of ways to make your golfing sessions more pleasant. If you can, buy the composite clubs that use materials like carbon and tungsten to balance out the weight.
Most of the modern golf clubs have at least some degree of customizability that allows you to adjust them to your current form and skill level. The more options you have to customize the better. However, pay the most attention to these three areas:
• Face angle
Although often overlooked, grip plays a huge role in making your control over the club better and your strokes more precise, so choose the size of the handle very wisely.
• Ladies – Less than 7 inches
• Men with smaller hands – 7-8 inches
• Men with larger hands – 8-9 inches
• Men with huge hands – 9+ inches