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Will turn 61 soon. I'm a late starter to the game at age 48. AS such I'm a slower swing speed player (85 with driver) that needs help with launch and spin.

I suffered a severe back injury over two years ago and it has been a long road to recovery. Didn't play at all in 2018 and started back last year , but on a limited basis (9 holes a week).

Senior flex in the long clubs has been a Godsend in gaining distance and launch since the injury. Still trying to figure out the long end of the bag. I could hit fairway woods successfully prior to the injury, but they were a challenge last year. As such I'm trying a 3 hybrid instead followed by a 5 hybrid for gapping. I have other long clubs in inventory (3W, 7W, 4H) that will periodically get switched in and out depending upon where I'm playing and required carry distances.

I've tried graphite iron shafts a couple of times over the years. I struggled with control as I tended to overswing. My current set of SGI irons with ultra lite steel (85 gm R flex) seems to be the best of both worlds. 30° loft is about the strongest that I can hit consistently with an iron from the deck. I have an Adams 6 Dhy with 85 gm steel ready to replace the set 6 iron.

Simplified the scoring clubs currently using a CB SW along with the set GW. I have a chipper in inventory, but that is an acquired taste that I have yet to acquire.

Narrowed down the putter choice to a couple of mallet options; one standard and one long with counterbalanced grip. The long putter was made in an effort to ease pressure on the low back so that I could practice more. Alignment and distance control have been less than ideal, so will be reverting to a more traditional type putter to see if there is a benefit.

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WS D7 10.5°

Adams Tight Lies 2.0 16°/22°

TM Speedblades 5-AW

TM ATV 56°

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I was fit for this entire set up just this year as I turn 60 next week. All regular flex shafts. G410 10.5 driver 5,7,9 FW 5,6 hybrid 7-P irons 50,54,58 wedges Putter Lots of Headcovers

I despise this with a passion. For my 25 years in golf I have had to listen to golfers say "I can't move up to that set of tees, I'm not 65 yet!" What the holy heck do those two things have to do wi

I'm 68 now and my enjoyment of the game went up tenfold when I moved up a set of tees. Most of my playing now is on courses that are between 5400 and 6100 yards. You still have to be able to chip and

 

KCELB0DAUJJQ.pngI'm a senior (73) and these are my current and recently retired sets.

I may never have another set, and it's a good thing.

Looking at recent releases like the Callaway Epic Forged and the Titleist T400, models actually pitched at seniors, I would have no idea how to configure a set around them.

There was no such thing as a wedge of less than 50º when I began to play golf. Most set matching PWs were 52º, in fact. Hogan had the strong 50º Equalizer.

The new sets have pitching wedges under 40º and two matching gap wedges.

They have 4-irons the same loft as my driving iron.

I'm not even offering an opinion as to whether this is good or bad--maybe it's great-- but off the top of my head, I wouldn't know how to integrate irons like that into a set.

 

 

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I believe for the first time in a long time, my bag is set for now. The weakest part of my game was the irons, now it is one of the strongest parts of my game. For some reason I will always struggle with the fairway woods, but do much better with the hybrids. Putting is now becoming the hardest part of my game, especially the first putt, and then choking on the second putt. It is not the putter either, it is me. Getting older makes putting tough. I did get to play today in absolutely the best weather possible, just beautiful. What a difference between the 45* and 60* degree weather.

winter time, the pause that refreshes

Ping Max 10.5

Cobra F9 5,7 wds

RBZ 5,6 hybrids

G700 5-7 iron

Cobra F9 8-aw

MD5 54 10S

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@SwingBlade sets a good tone: "Nowadays not really sure what a “senior golfer” really is. I think the way to address these issues is to define handicap range and swing speed of driver and current distance and trajectory of maybe a 6 iron and an 8 iron."
I will turn 70 this fall. I have 87 MPH clubhead speed with driver, and hit my 7i about 140 yards. Physically, I'm a bit of a mix. I have an arthritic right hip that tightens up on the back nine. I got physical therapy that really loosened things up, but I'm now starting to get aches in left hip. That said, at the golf expo GolfTEC booth, the pro said I had an exceptional degree range of shoulder rotation. So, basically I'm physically out of balance. General plan: rely on hip rotation so I stay on balance and don't get out of sequence.
For me, one challenge has been going to lighter shafts without going too light. Case in point is the FlyZ hybrids. These have 73-gram shafts, but are A-flex. They just drop into the slot nice, but explode through ball at impact. I play both at minimum loft, so the square-stance shot is a slight fade - none of the hookies like in the prior offset-head, 60-gram shafted hybrids. (Note: 3H replaces 7W in cold weather when wind is high and rough is thin).
As for fairway woods, I'm into my ninth season of some variation of 4W + 7W. The XRails are back in bag as shafts launch better than those in Alpha 815s, although XRails have slight draw bias I don't need. I may get an Mamiya MP5 shaft (R-flex, 53 grams, 3.7* torque) to try out in the Alphas.
The irons are the real question mark. I got fitted for them in Fall 2018 with KBS Tour 90 R-flex shafts (about 100 grams uncut), but I don't always get them squared up. The old "fighting the shaft." I want to go with graphite shafts - in retirement I can play enough to get sore elbows from steel. Some pre-COVID tests of irons show I did well with the Mavrik MAX irons in the Catalyst 80 shafts (MAX flew longer than stock Mavrik), and possibly Ping G710 irons with counterbalanced Alta CB shafts.
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Other senior golfers: lots of attention to drivers. A driver upgrade with more helpful shaft and higher head loft can lead to quite a teebox gain.
Seniors who get fitted for first time in 10 years are finally adding hybrids, and dumping the 3W and going with 5W or 7W.
And, lighter graphite shafts in irons. You want to use the club, not fight with it.

What's In The Bag (Summary as of October 2020)

 

Driver:  Tour Edge EXS 10.5°, weights neutral   ||  FWs:  Calla Rogue 4W + 7W

Hybrid:  Calla Big Bertha OS 4H at 22°  ||  Irons:  Tour Edge CB Pro Tungsten 4i-9i

Wedges:  Calla MD3: 48°, 54°... MD4: 58° ||  Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne (face-balanced)

Ball: Calla SuperHot (Orange preferred)  ||  Bag: Sun Mountain Three 5 stand bag

For details see:  Pending (need protocol to embed file list).

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Lesseee, 65 yrs, swing and speed is increasing after decreasing due to heart surgery 9 yrs ago.

SS is 92-96 w Driver, 80 w/ 7i, no physical limitations, stretch and hit the Concept rower for 30 min at least 3X per week.

I have an overflowing bag, but if I wanted to set up for more height (this is not my typical bag)

Ping G400 Max 9 with 53g TPT 17 Shaft.

TEE EXS 220 16.5 wd wiith low kick shaft

TEE 19 3Hy with mid spin, high launch shaft.

PXG 4,5 Hy with CK Pro Red 70 shaft

Mizuno HMP - 6-7i, Mizuno 919F 8-PW Accra i70 and i80

Mizuno MP T20 48, 53, 58 w Nippon Pro Modus 3 115 Wedge

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Ball - Srixon Z Star or ProV1X

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Ping G400 Max 9/TPT Red 17 ● TEE EXS 220 3, 5 wd/GD AD F 55 and 65, TEE EXS 220 4HY/GD AD HY 65 ● Mizuno MP-20 HMB 5-PW Accra ICWT95 ● Mizuno MP T20 48, 53, 58 Nippon Pro Modus 3 Wedge 115 ● Swag Savage Too

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I put the G700 irons in the bag, then took them out, now they are back. Why, I am now hitting more greens in regulation with them. They take a learning curve to figure out properly, and I went to regular flex to get a heavier shaft. I also had to add some distance going to reg instead of senior flex graphite, so I am making sure to lead with a full shoulder turn, and it works just fine. I added about 1/2 a club in distance with this move. Also found out as I get older I do not want to turn the shoulders, but this is the worst situation possible and destroys the swing. So I am going to focus on this aspect the most this year.

winter time, the pause that refreshes

Ping Max 10.5

Cobra F9 5,7 wds

RBZ 5,6 hybrids

G700 5-7 iron

Cobra F9 8-aw

MD5 54 10S

Toulon Columbus

Maxfli Tour

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How do you know when it's time to move up a set of tees?

I'm 72 and still playing the men's tees (not senior tees). Yes, it does create issues for me if the course is long... as in, 2nd shot on par 4's is a hybrid or 5w... and I may never get to the green on a par 5 if it's over 500 yards.

 

Occasionally, if the course is particularly difficult or long, I'll move up to the senior tees, but it seems like I'm just not focused when I move up to the senior tees.

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It confuses me Dan. I play the senior tees, and I see my peers struggle mightily from one or two sets back. Maybe they enjoy the challenge of hitting fairway woods into par 4's, or maybe their egos won't allow them to move up. Sure there is the rare senior I see who can still scoot it out there, but the vast majority can't. The game is hard enough as it is, lol.

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I totally agree with you. i play in a league, and at 67 I am one of the better golfers (by handicap, 5 or 6 for 9). there are a couple of younger guys who can hit it 40 - 50 yards past me(sometimes!), but most of the rest of the guys are about the same as me, or shorter.

I keep asking to play from the senior tees, since on two of the three nines that we play (3,200 yards each), I'm hitting 4, 5 and 7-woods into the green most of the time. Sometimes driver on a par 3. As i say, there are only a few younger guys who are longer than me.

There is one nine that we play that is 2,900 yards from the whites, and i really enjoy that nine because I get to hit iron shots on most of the par 4's. If we would play senior tees on the other two nines, they would play about the same. But most of the guys want to play those nines at over 3,200 yards, which is not fun anymore for me.

I've been playing golf since I was a teenager, played on the college golf team, played high level amateur golf and qualified for the state championship. Most of the guys have never played at that level (and they don't really know the rules, either). For the group of players in the league, the senior tees make so much more sense.

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Over here in UK - usually only 3 sets of tees - ladies red tees, mens yellow tees (non club and non competition) and white tees (club members and competitions)... + sometimes junior tees. 

Seniors when playing in club organised rounds all seem to play from the white tees - must admit as a person who only took up golf in my 60's find this strange. 

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59 years young-  Hip replaced in 2011-  Right Shoulder in 2017-   Feel old on a given day-- Playing to a 7 now.

 

Cobra F-8+   9.0  Degree  Aldila Tour Green Stiff  44.5"

Cobra F-9 #3-4 wood at 13.5 Degrees- Elements Chrome Stiff-- primarily a tee club that is long

Cobra F-6 Baffler- 16.5 degrees- This is fwy killer

Maltby- KE-4 Tour 19 Degree Utility in Aldila NVS Stiff

Maltby 5- 7- TS-2 - 8-PW- TS-1-  Recoil 680 F-4

Adams- MB-3 GW

Maltby TSW-  54-58  Nippon 1050gh

David Mills-Nellie Forged 33.5"

 

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I am 67 at this writing and have a 85 to 87 mph swing speed.  My clubs have graphite regular shafts except the Vokey's that have standard steel shafts. The worst club in my bag is the 6 iron.  Somedays it is just ok and some days it is really bad. 

 

Driver _____ Ping G400 Max
Woods ____ Ping G410 3 & 5 
Hybrids ___ Ping  G410 4H & Titleist 818H1 5H
Irons ______ Titleist 718 AP1 6-W
Wedges ___ Titleist Vokey SM8 52.08F & 56.08S

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Driver _____ Ping G400 Max
Woods ____ Ping G410 3 & 5 
Hybrids ___ Ping  G410 4H & Titleist 818H1 5H
Irons ______ Titleist 718 AP1 6-W
Wedges ___ Titleist Vokey SM8 52.08F & 56.08S
Putter _____ Rife 400 Mid Mallet
Ball _______ Snell MTB Black - Yellow / Srixon Q-Star Tour - Yellow
Bag _______ Datrek Lite Rider
Distance __ GPS:  Bushnell NEO Ghost,  Rangefinder:  Precision Pro NX7 Pro
GHIN ______ HCP floats between 10 and 12

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Played nine and shot 39! I had 7 pars in a row, then blew up on the last hole for a double, started with a bogie(tree.) I put the G700 5-7 iron in the bag, and that was the ticket. The driver was okay, but the irons and putter were money, especially the putter! I am staying with this bag for awhile. Cobra needs to make a set like this, hollow irons for 4/5-7, like the G700, and F9 for the rest. If they don't I will mix G710 and G425 to get what I want. 

winter time, the pause that refreshes

Ping Max 10.5

Cobra F9 5,7 wds

RBZ 5,6 hybrids

G700 5-7 iron

Cobra F9 8-aw

MD5 54 10S

Toulon Columbus

Maxfli Tour

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