A golfer that’s tall holds some pros and cons. We’ll take a look at how this attribute can affect a tall guy’s play and what driver can help elevate the game. To start off, I do believe that being tall is more of an advantage than it is a hindrance when it comes to golf. Here, let’s talk about the things one can do to improve the overall play.
Top choice drivers for taller golfers
TaylorMade M1 Driver
- Available Lofts: 8.5º, 9.5º, 10.5 º, 12º. 2 head models (460cc and 430cc)
- 3 stock shafts: -High Launch (Fujikura Pro 60) -Mid Launch (Mitsubishi KuraKage Tini Silver 60) -Low Launch (Aldila Rogue Silver 70)
- Multi-Material Construction: 7-layer Carbon Composite Crown that is precision-formed and built ultra-thin, ultra-lite and high strength
- T-Track System: option to personalize your M1 to exact specifications, fitting your swing.
- Front Track: 15 gram weights provide multiple draw, neutral and fade settings. Back Track: 10 gram weight adjusts for multiple high, medium and low launch and spin settings
The M1 is a sophisticated driver boasting all the needed attributes to maximize play with an adjustability option to accommodate taller golfers. The crown is made of carbon fiber which makes it lightweight. Movable weights allow manipulation of the center of gravity to improve launch and direction. Also, the weights independently operate since they work on two separate tracks.
It comes in a sleek lattice design which helps in the weight reduction. It is made of white titanium front-face to help with alignment. This driver is impressively put together with a full 270 variable options just from the weights alone. Isn’t that amazing? It doesn’t end there: the adjustable hosel gives 12 more loft options! With this, it’s easier to fine tune your swing speed and type. To say that this club is forgiving is an understatement.
- Adjustable to accommodate swings speed and style
- Sleek design
- Highly forgiving
- Great distance
- On the pricier end
Titleist 917 Driver
- Titleist 917 D2
- Active Recoil Channel 2.0 refined thickness through the channel reduces spin and increases speed.
- Radial Speed Face 2.0 enhanced with a thinner perimeter face width to promote a greater off-center ball speed for more overall distance across the face.
- Enhanced with a thinner perimeter face width to promote a greater off-center ball speed for more overall distance across the face. 16 independent loft and lie settings, create a more consistent and optimized ball flight through precision fitting.
Another highly adjustable option is this one from the Titleist. It allows you to enhance the drive and the swing. The head design promotes fast ball speeds and great amount of forgiveness, thanks to its improved Active Recoil Channel and the Surefit CG.
This driver is great for you, no matter your experience level. The loft and lie is easily adjustable to promote optimal ball flight. There are various head and shaft options for you to choose from.
- Promotes great distance
- On the pricier side
Cobra King F6 Driver
- F6 CG TUNING-F6 Drivers featuring adjustable 'Front to Back' CG technology. A front CG position delivers a penetrating ball flight with more roll, while a back CG position delivers a more towering ball flight with greater forgiveness
- FORGED E9 FACE-A new, re-engineered Forged 8-1-1 Titanium E9 Face has a variable thickness structure that is lighter, thinner and hotter, creating more deflection for faster ball speeds and a larger Sweet Zone across the face
- MY FLY-Eight easily adjustable loft settings to manage trajectory and fine tune launch conditions to maximize distance on any course, and for any swing
- SPEED CHANNEL-Speed Channel is an exclusive COBRA innovation. An engineered trench around the perimeter of the face minimizes thickness and increases ball speeds across the face for incredible distance
The Cobra King F6 boasts of game improvement technology and great adjustability. It’s easy to use and understand. The adjustable hosel branded the MyFly8 which allows loft options from 9° through to 12°.
You can choose from 3 draw settings to shape the slots and it has movable sole weights to let you adjust the center of gravity for that optimal shot. Overall, this will help you fine tune your swing. The different face thickness and speed channel improves transfer of power and the speed of the ball for that maximum distance while still being forgiving.
- Great distance
- Great adjustability
- The shaft may feel whippy for faster swingers
Cleveland Golf Classic XL Driver
- Largest, Deepest Driver Face; The largest, deepest driver face in golf means the largest effective; hitting area for incredible confidence on the tee
- Larger Sweet Spot; Enhanced variable face thickness technology creates incredibly fast ball speed on off center hits for unprecedented forgiveness
- Optimal Center of Gravity; Center of gravity moved deeper in the club head to promote higher launch and more penetrating flight
- High Balance Point; Weight removed from grip and shaft for a higher balance point, which maintains traditional feel while promoting more speed through impact
- Premium Miyazaki Shaft; The tour-proven, aftermarket Miyazaki B Asha shaft produces a mid-high trajectory with added speed
The huge sweet spot of the Classic XL makes it extremely forgiving. The center of gravity also works to maximize accuracy. The variable face thickness also paves the way for enhanced ball speed and distance. Plus, it comes with an adjustable hosel too!
- Greatly forgiving
- Some says it’s too light
The most lightweight on our list is the X-Metal with a weight of 44g only. A light driver means you will be able to put the momentum into speeding up your swing rather than into lifting it. And a faster swing allows for further distance too.
On top of that, this one also holds the highest loft on our list with a lift of 14 inches. This means that it fits higher! Contrary to what you might think given the weight of this driver, the clubhead is actually 460cc. Last but not the least, this is also one of the cheapest models in this article. While this does not top all the categories, it still is a well-rounded driver you may want to consider.
- 460cc clubhead
- Highest loft
- Jack of all trades, master of none
What to look for when buying drivers for tall golfers
Most golfers use a standard clubs set and adjust for them. This can be problematic for someone who’s on the taller side as it will compensate for the swing which can hurt the player’s habits and overall game. It may even lead to knee problems and back strain. So it’s best to have your clubs professionally fitted if you’re larger in height than the others.
There are more considerations required other than getting one with a longer shaft. The player’s arm, leg, and torso length should also be considered. Additionally, one should also look into the stand and stoop of the player. Greater hand-to-head distance increases the swing-weight significantly. Also, a shaft that’s too long can also make the driver feel off balance leading to poor control.
Club head size
The limit of a club head is 460 cubic centimeters (cc). This size is quite the sweet spot that helps reduce mis-hits while providing the most distance.
Flexibility of the shaft
A flexible shaft does not fare well with longer shafts. Thus, if you’re opting for a longer shaft, it should at least be stiff.
The lie needs to be adjusted since tall golfers typically have an upright stance during the game. Otherwise, this can result in a poor direction.
Weight of the head
Again, a lighthead works best for a longer shaft.
Since longer shafts reduce control, the bigger sweet spot can do the compromise. This is to allow less errors should the golfer fail to strike the ball dead center.
Center of gravity
The center of gravity is that exact point where the weight is balanced. If a driver’s center of gravity is towards the club’s back, the backspin rate will be higher and ultimately increase distance and accuracy.
There are adjustable clubs to help improve loft and center of gravity. A twistable collar near the club is manipulated for adjustment. There are also club heads with weight slugs that are removable to change the center of gravity to your preference.
How many drivers do I need?
Professionally speaking, a bag can carry 14 clubs. But having one club that works for you should be enough. There are professional players who actually carry a couple of drivers: one for shot-shaping and another one for maximum distance. But for beginners, this is not a necessity.
How often should I buy a driver?
Generally speaking, with proper care and accurate fit, a driver should last you about two to four years. But of course, there are various factors that can come into play such as frequency of play, skill development, budget, and change of play style.
There’s more to choosing a driver than the player’s height, but it sure is one of the things that should be largely considered. If in doubt, you should talk to a professional so you won’t have to waste your money on buying the wrong things. Remember, a driver with an accurate fit can last you for a long time!
Last update on 2021-09-06 / Affiliate links /