Best Driver For Mid-Handicappers

Best Driver For Mid-Handicappers

Many mid-handicap golfers struggle with their game – and there are lots of reasons why this is the case.

For example, if you’ve been playing golf for years, you may start to notice that you don’t hit shots like you used to. Or if you’re relatively new to the sport, you might be on a steep learning curve and need a little more practice.

One of the main reasons why you’re not improving, though, could be as a result of playing with the wrong driver.

Whilst there is a wide range of golf drivers on the market for mid-handicappers, knowing which is right for your game can be difficult.

Here we look at what makes a good driver for a golfer with a 10-20 handicap, so you know what to look out for when buying a new one.


4 key things mid-handicappers need to consider when buying a driver


1.    Your requirements

Before you invest in a new driver, you need to ask yourself what you want to get out of it – is it more distance? More accuracy? Perhaps you’re looking for a model that helps you to find more fairways?

For mid-handicap players seeking more accuracy, consider a driver with a high MOI (Moment of Inertia) or adjustable weights. This will help to modify the flight and spin characteristics, allowing you to hit more consistent shots.

Alternatively, if your main priority is to achieve more distance, a driver that offers low spin will be better for you – ensuring the ball doesn’t spin out of control and miss the hole.


2.    Brand preference

Most golfers have a preference when it comes to the brand (i.e. Ping, TaylorMade, Titleist, etc), usually because they have played with their clubs and find them to be the most comfortable.

The great thing about finding a brand you like and sticking with it is that you won’t need to make huge adjustments to your game when newer models are released. After all, you’ll already be familiar with the craftsmanship and technology.


3.    Club shaft and length

The driver is typically the longest club you’ll have in your golf bag, so it’s only right that you want to find the best one.

The length of the shaft will usually depend on your height – obviously, the taller you are, the longer your clubs need to be.

To determine whether you need a stiff or regular shaft, you’ll need to consider your swing style.

With that in mind, we’d always recommend that you arrange a custom fitting. We often use our state-of-the-art launch monitor to establish the best driver for mid-handicappers, and can also help you to make an informed decision.


4.    Weight and adjustable weight(s)

Some mid-handicappers prefer to play using a lightweight driver whereas others opt for a heavier model.

As a general rule of thumb, golfers with a slow swing speed are better using a lighter driver – these tend to be the comfiest and are easier to swing. A heavy driver, on the other hand, is ideal for those who often swing hard and fast.

If you struggle off the tee – like many mid-handicappers do – drivers with adjustable weights can be a real boon. Depending on where the weight is strategically placed, these can promote a draw, fade, or neutral ball flight.


3 of the best drivers for mid handicappers


1.    Callaway Rogue ST Max LS

The Callaway Rogue ST Max LS features many of the same technologies as the Rogue ST Max, only it’s aimed at fast-swinging golfers off the tee.

The Rogue ST Max LS offers low spin within a high MOI clubhead, providing more forgiveness than previous models. It also delivers consistently high ball speeds.

With its carbon crown and sole, it saves and redistributes weight to increase forgiveness – even on off-centre hits.


2.    TaylorMade Stealth Plus

The TaylorMade Stealth Plus is one of, if not, the best-looking drivers on the market in 2022.

Aside from its stunning looks, the Stealth Plus is perfect for the lower end of the mid-handicap players who are looking to gain more distance off the tee.

Much like the other clubheads in the Stealth line-up, this driver features a lightweight carbon fibre face. And a sliding 10-gram weight can be positioned almost anywhere across the driver’s head to encourage a certain shot shape.


3.    Cobra LTDx LS

Highly regarded as the best overall driver, the Cobra LTDx driver has replaced the Radspeed range of clubs.

Offering a lower-pitched and quieter impact sound, the LTDx line-up is equally as powerful as its competitors.

The Cobra LTDx LS is a lower spinning model that’s designed to suit better ball strikers and mid-handicap players. It can be purchased for a cheaper price than drivers from the likes of TaylorMade, Callaway and Ping.


Spoilt for choice?

If you need a new driver but aren’t too sure which model to pick, don’t panic. The team at Clarkes’ Golf Centre is always on hand to help and will happily assist you in making the right choice.

To discuss your requirements with our specialists, or find out more about our custom fitting bay, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Either give us a call on 01744 419 914 or fill out our online enquiry form, and we’ll get back to you shortly.

You’re also welcome to visit us in-store – you’ll find us just off the Rainford Bypass.