How a senior should hit a driver?

Learn how senior golfers can hit the perfect driver every time, and some tips on how to make the most out of your time on the course.

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Golfing and retirement go hand in hand. There’s no more iconic picture of an idyllic retirement than puttering around the golf course at your speed, enjoying your day in the fresh air. One way of becoming a better golfer is to know how to hit a driver and make the most of what you’ve got.

Start by checking in with your golf equipment. Make certain you have a driver with the shaft length, flex, and loft angle you need- typically, seniors favor a higher loft. Then spend a little time warming up, especially the hips, arms, and spine. Ensure you are using a solid, balanced stance and that the golf ball is slightly ahead. Then practice using a secure, but not tight, grip with fluid wrist action.

Adapt to the game as you age

As every seasoned golfer knows, a great golf game is more than just walking through the course and hoping for the best. It takes skill both physical and mental skill. If you are already an avid golfer, you’ve likely put years of dedication into building those skills. However, as we age, our overall strength, grip strength, and many other physical facets change with us. This means your golf game needs to shift to meet those new challenges.

Excelling in golf needs the perfect balance of precision and power in every swing. To hit the driver effectively as a senior means tailoring your technique and strategy to your age and physical capabilities. Mastering the art of driving can boost your distance off the tee and give you greater accuracy.

How to hit driver for seniors

Here are some important tips to help seniors hit a driver properly:

Start with a warm-up

The days when you could roll out of bed after a late-night partying and still do your best on the golf course are behind you. This means you have to put a little more thought into your golf game than you once did. There may be a lot of jokes about golf being “a good walk spoiled”, but it is a more physical sport than most seniors realize. 

A great warm-up routine will help you loosen your muscles and boost blood flow. This will make you more flexible, and ward off injuries. Focus on dynamic stretches for your hips, back, and shoulders. Don’t forget a few practice “shots” with your driver to put you in the groove and establish a solid rhythm.

Get the best golfing equipment

Ensuring you have the right club set for your current life stage is important. Your driver needs to be properly fitted to your specifications. Focus on the shaft length, flex, and loft angle. Most senior golfers will favor a driver with a higher loft. This helps boost the carry distance of your swing while reducing accuracy-killing side spin. Don’t be shy to try out different shafts until you find a great match.

Grip, alignment, and position

To hit a driver as a senior, make sure the ball is slightly forward of your stance. For right-handed golfers, that means just inside your left heel. Keep your stance wide for extra stability- at least shoulder-width apart, if not slightly wider. Ensure you are standing with your weight evenly distributed between both feet and that you are not favoring one leg over the other. This ensures a rock-solid foundation for your swing. 

Ensure your grip is secure, but also light, so you have fluid wrist action throughout the swing. The clubface should connect the square to the ball, with your body parallel to the target line. Don’t be afraid to practice, either. That’s how you build your muscle memory and skills!

The mechanics of a driver swing

Keep your swing smooth and controlled. The aim is to maximize club head speed without losing balance or stability. Let your arms extend and your shoulders rotate naturally. Watch out for tension through your hands and arms, as they are hidden killers of a good swing. You want to be as fluid and relaxed as possible. 

As you shift to the downswing, roll your weight onto your lead leg without sacrificing that stability you worked on earlier. Keep your rhythm and temp steady, allowing the driver to accelerate through the impact zone for optimal distance and a controlled trajectory. 

Add more power

True distance off the tee comes from using power efficiently. Your hips and shoulders need to rotate together to get the torque you need. This lets you leverage the kinetic chain (a fancy way of saying combined muscles used together) to draw power through your whole body, not just from one limb. Keep your core engaged to protect your spine. When you move into the downswing, this will let you transfer that built-up energy into the club head instead of wasting effort. Make sure to extend your arms fully as you do so!

Get your inner rhythm

Abrupt transitions and jerky movements are the golfer’s bane. All that effort was wasted because you hadn’t yet found your tempo! Rhythm isn’t just for the dance floor- it is also a critical part of a great golf game.

Again, timing and tempo are things that will come with dedicated practice. So if you were looking for a great excuse to hit the greens, now you have one. Focus on smooth, rhythmic cadence through the swing, and tempos that allow you to replicate a balanced swing every time. 

The power of the mind

As with any other sport, a great golf game doesn’t just hinge on what your body does. Your mind matters too. Golfers with the best driver swings use visualization to help them predict how and where the ball will fly. Try to leave your distractions and negative thoughts behind and focus only on your game. It’s a great mindfulness tool as well as a way to improve your golf game!


Hitting a great driver as a senior golfer is easier than you may think. When you train your body and choose your clubs to honor your current capabilities, you’re already off to a great start. From there, remember that practice makes perfect!

Don’t be afraid to try out different grip strengths and tempos to find your perfect balance. You’ll soon have the satisfaction of hitting powerful, precise drives every time.