Features in senior clubs
There are many different features to look for when looking for the best golf clubs for seniors including forgiveness, weight, shaft flex, loft angle and the way the club heads are designed.
Senior clubs vs. regular clubs:
Senior clubs are ideally created to be more forgiving and friendly for slower swing speeds than regular clubs. They are made to make up for the lack of power in a stroke. Some seniors struggle in different areas and have different needs such as requiring a set of hybrids rather than traditional irons.
Many senior clubs feature club faces that are designed to maximize forgiveness. In many cases a large cavity back is added to minimize the damage on mishits and make it easier to have solid contact. Senior clubs also usually have extremely large sweet spots to help strike the ball cleanly.
In most senior clubs the weight and center of gravity is placed lower just behind the sweet spot. This allows the club to swing smoothly and allows seniors to replicate their swing over and over to try and consistently make solid contact.
There are different types of flexes on golf clubs and having the right one for your swing can improve your performance immensely. Flexes vary from regular, stiff, extra stiff, ladies and senior flex. As a golfer gets into their senior years if they cannot maintain the same swing speed they once had they should consider switching to a senior flex.
Senior Flex Golf Clubs
A senior-flex shaft is recommended for golfers who swing slower than 70 miles per hour. Driving distance can also help determine if someone needs to switch to a senior flex. If someone is getting older in age and has their swing slowing down and only drives the ball 200 yards, it is appropriate to switch to a senior flex. Senior flex shafts don’t ensure distance as good as extra stiff flexes but they help with accuracy.
Senior Flex vs. Regular Flex
Regular flex shafts are meant for the average golfer who have swing speeds around 90-100 mph. These flexes bend but are stiffer than senior flex golf clubs. When purchasing clubs and you see lite flex vs. senior flex, don’t be confused. The meanings are the same and this also includes “A” flex.
Do you need senior flex golf clubs
If you’re swing speed has been declining and you haven’t had the results you once had with regular flex clubs then it is probably time to switch to a senior flex. Finding the best senior flex golf clubs for your game can have a drastic impact on your scorecard.
The loft angle for golf clubs is the degrees on the face of the club when put flat on the ground at address. Drivers have the lowest loft angles at usually 8.5-11.5 degrees. Middle irons such as five irons are usually 28 degrees and seven irons are commonly found at 34 degrees. Higher numbered irons such as the nine iron are usually 41 degrees and a stock pitching wedge is usually 43-45 degrees. Wedges can vary from 46-64 degrees. The higher the number of degrees, the higher the ball is supposed to fly in the air. The lower the degrees, the farther the ball flight.
Sets with hybrids
Seniors who have trouble making solid contact with longer irons should consider when they buy a set of clubs that they include four or five hybrids rather than four or five irons.