The number of clubs designed specifically for women has increased as the number of women golfers has increased over the decades. The advancement in technology has made it a much simpler task to design golf clubs suitable for nearly every golfer. Today we focus on the best women’s drivers for 2012…
Hitting a driver is one of the most challenging, yet exciting and satisfying shots in golf. Watching a well-struck drive soaring through the air and landing in the fairway will make your chest pump a little more. Now, you can stroll up to the golf ball and feel confident about your next shot.
This applies to women golfers as it does to men. The swing mechanics may vary slightly between men and women, but the results are similar, so is the satisfaction after hitting a magnificent drive.
Men tend to be more aggressive and swing faster while women swing fluidly at a slower tempo. This necessitates a difference between a men’s driver and a women’s driver. By no means does this mean that fast swinging women can’t use drivers designed for men, or slow swinging men can’t use a driver designed for women.
- New Versions and Upgrades
- What Is a Driver and When is it Used?
- What Factors Must be Considered When Selecting a Driver?
- Best Golf Drivers for Women in 2021
New Versions and Upgrades
Manufacturers continuously upgrade their equipment and new drivers are released annually or bi-annually depending on the brands’ release strategy. Every new release comes with incremental technology development to assist with longer and straighter drives. Within the legal requirements of the governing bodies, of course.
Annual upgrades are not compulsory, and some drivers have been in use for more than five years. However, it is highly recommended that you upgrade at least every five years so to not to lose too much distance from your playing partners.
There are a plethora of drivers available to choose from which makes it difficult for anyone that doesn’t read up on every new release and comparison. To assist you we have compared some of the most popular, and some of the less popular, drivers to offers you options based on individual criteria.
What Is a Driver and When is it Used?
This is the longest club in your bag with the largest clubhead up to 460cc. Although there are bigger drivers on the market, this is the maximum allowed by the R&A and USGA for competition and handicap counting rounds.
Although mostly used off the tee on par 4 and par 5’s, short hitters can use it on any hole that requires extra distance. It is not limited to the tee though. Experienced golfers have been known to hit a driver off the deck on long approach shots.
The extra length of the shaft and the large clubhead makes this the most difficult club to swing effectively. However, a well-struck drive will travel farther than any other club.
What Factors Must be Considered When Selecting a Driver?
Heavier drivers will slow down your swing thus result in a loss of distance and affect the golf ball trajectory.
The average golf driver weighs in at between 310 and 315 grams. Various components on the complete setup can play a significant role in the overall weight of the driver. Weight can be reduced in the clubhead, shaft, and grip but you should retain a balanced setup throughout.
Innovative technology has enabled companies to design drivers with a multitude of adjustability options from changing the loft, changing the center of gravity, and changing the between draw and fade bias.
This may sound exciting, but the technology increased prices significantly. It is a high price to pay for someone that has not reached the apex of their golf ability. It could be a less expensive, and better, option to have a driver fitting with your local professional club fitter.
Adjustable Hosel Settings
Adjusting the loft of the driver enables you to manipulate the trajectory of the golf ball off the face. It is not only the loft that is changed, but the face closes or opens.
The increased loft will close the face for straighter shots and less of a slice. Decreased the loft will open the face reducing the chance of a hook.
Movable / Adjustable Weights
Moving the weights on the sole could adjust the bias of the head thus making it feasible to a wider range of clients than a pre-set bias. It also enables you to tweak the bias to reduce the amount of draw or fade.
Another significant adjustment is to set the launch trajectory and spin characteristics of your drives. Moving the weight towards the back of the head will result in a lower ball flight and less spin.
The shaft is the biggest differentiator between men’s and women’s drivers.
Shaft length depends on the height of a person and not specific to gender. Length is determined by the measurement from the top of the wrist to the floor.
It is generally accepted that women lack the height of men, therefore, require a shorter shaft. The shaft on a standard women’s driver is 1-inch shorter than that of a standard men’s driver.
Shorter shafts generally promote accuracy while longer shafts generate more distance.
This video explains the importance of shaft length.
Shafts come in a variety of materials ranging from steel to lightweight graphite. For enhanced speed, most drivers come standard with a graphite shaft.
This is where the biggest difference comes in as women tend to have a more fluid and swing slower than men. The faster your swing and tempo, the stiffer the flex of the shaft ought to be. This makes it crucial for you to have a good understanding of your driver’s swing speed and tempo.
The flex/speed combinations are:
- Ladies (L) – low swing speed less than 80 mph
- Senior (S) / Amateur (A) – swing speed between 80 mph to 90 mph
- Regular (R) – swing speed between 90 mph and 100 mph
- Stiff (S) – swing speed between 100 mph and 110 mph
- Extra Stiff (X) – swing speed in excess of 110 mph
The correct shaft flex is crucial for best performance.
This is another factor that is dependent on swing speed. The higher the loft the easier it is to get the ball into the air off the tee.
High swing speeds will generate more backspin to get the ball into the air therefore they require less loft while slow swing speed requires the additional loft to get the ball into the air.
Lofts ranging between eight and eleven are suitable for high swing speed while slow swing speed requires lofts higher than eleven.
Clubhead design determines where the weight is placed and the size of the sweet spot. A large clubface with weight around the perimeter and towards the back of the clubhead is generally more forgiving on off-center strikes.
Looks may not add extra distance or forgiveness but if the clubhead does not suit your eye, it will reduce your confidence substantially. Select a clubhead that is pleasing to your eye.
Some clubfaces offer extra COR (Coefficient of Restitution) or the ratio of the final velocity to the initial velocity between two objects after their collision. The higher the COR the faster your ball speed will be in relation to your swing speed. The maximum COR allowed by the governing bodies is .830.
Best Golf Drivers for Women in 2021
Quick Overview: Our Top Picks for Best Golf Drivers for Women in 2021
|Cleveland Women’s Turbo Launcher HB driver||VIEW ON AMAZON →|
|TaylorMade 2018 Women's Kalea Ultralite Driver||VIEW ON AMAZON →|
|AGXGOLF Ladies Magnum||VIEW ON AMAZON →|
|Callaway Big Bertha Fusion||VIEW ON AMAZON →|
The Hi-Bore (HB) Launcher driver from the Cleveland stable is a highly appreciated driver that enables mid-to-high handicap golfers to launch their drives high and mighty of the tee without loss of direction.
The Turbocharged Cup Face is designed for optimal energy transfer from the face to the golf ball at impact. A large face with variable thickness provides a high COR over a bigger area for more forgiveness and loss of distance.
Center of gravity is lowered compared to the previous version and the weight moved more toward the back of the clubhead. This combination enhances the launch angle and the forgiveness of this driver.
The HB Launcher Turbo is available in 10.5 degrees and 12-degree lofts. A counterbalanced shaft design pushes the shaft weight higher towards the grip resulting in less clubface flex and higher MoI (moment of inertia).
With the price at the lower end of the spectrum, the Cleveland HB Launcher Turbo is a tough competitor in the women driver category.
TaylorMade offers a wide range of drivers suitable for men and women. Its 2018 Women’s Kalea Ultralite driver is aimed at the women’s driver market and golfers with low swing speed.
The Kalea is engineered to offer optimum accuracy and speed. TaylorMade’s Speed Pocket technology combined with an ultra-light shaft generates the maximum distance.
Speed Pocket technology utilizes 3M’s special blend of polyurethane for reduced vibration.
TaylorMade Slim Tech shaft is ultra-light thus assisting you to generate maximum speed.
A low and deep center of gravity generates additional spin thus it enables you to get the golf ball flying high off the tee.
Horizontal grooves on the clubface allow for a bigger sweet spot for increased distance and forgiveness on off-center strikes.
Newer models have come from the TaylorMade stable thus pushing the price of the Kalea down and making it affordable to all.
It is only available in a 12-degree loft.
Although not a premium brand this AGXGOLF driver is manufactured in the United States of America and comes at an extremely affordable price.
It is designed for women and comes in three offerings. The Petite option is aimed at golfers between 4 feet 8 inches, the Regular option for golfers between 5 feet 2 inches and 5 feet 8 inches, and the Tall option for golfers between 5 feet 6 inches and 6 feet 1 inch.
The lady flex graphite shaft comes with a slight offset and is available in 10.5 degrees and 12 degrees.
The Forged 7075 Oversized face offers a large sweet spot. And a low center of gravity for high launching drives.
Callaway’s super forgiving Big Bertha collection is as popular as ever with golfers of all capabilities.
The titanium “Exo-Cage” head and a lightweight Triaxial Carbon crown promote forgiveness and a higher launch angle due to the low center of gravity due to the back location of the weight. Callaway’s Jailbreak technology stiffens the clubhead while it provides more flex to the clubface enabling women to gain extra distance at slower swing speed.
Aerospace specialists designed Callaway’s proprietary Speed Step Crown for enhanced airflow over the clubhead thus promoting increased swing speed and distance.
Big Bertha Fusion comes in 9.5 degrees, 10.5 degrees, and 13.5-degree lofts which can be adjusted up or down by 1 to 2 degrees.
Shafts are available in a choice of 63g Diamana Red or 45g-55g UST Recoil in either 44.5-inch or 45.5-inch length for optimum control.
Golfers are spoilt for choice in the driver market with all the premium brands and lesser-known brands offering a variety that will suit nearly all golfers.
Women’s equipment has taken its rightful place in the line-up with quality designs and color combinations making a selection rather difficult.
The Callaway Big Bertha has gone through many iterations and continues to deliver quality, distance, and forgiveness making it our selection as the best all-round driver for women.
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Nick Lomas is the founder of GolfSpan, an avid golfer, not quite a pro but has over 15-years of experience playing and coaching golfers from all over the world. His mission is to bring the golfing community a better experience then it comes to choosing the right golf gear, and finding the right set up for your game.