Best Driver for 90 mph Swing Speed in 2018

Our swing speed is right around the upper range of the global average and that is awesome. Do you know why?

Because at around 90 mph, our swing fits most of the drivers you see in golf shops anywhere. And it makes it very simple to pick the right shaft which is even more important than the head. 

Petr and the Callaway Epic

In this article I intend to show you:

  • Which shaft is right for our swing
  • Which driver lofts give us more carry
  • The best drivers for 90 mph swing speed 

The best manufacturers make drivers extremely easy to hit and each year the options get better and better. We'll look through some well-known and lesser known ones below where you can pick up a bargain to take your game to the next level.

Let's pick the right shaft for 90 mph swings

With a 90 mph swing speed, you're around the average swing speed of golfers worldwide. That makes life incredibly easy for you! Your swing speed fits a REGULAR driver shaft perfectly and with a regular shaft, your tee shots will fly straighter and longer more often.

Stiff shafts will produce low ball flight and a lot of slices. A softer than regular shaft will cause shots to fly left and right at random. I suggest you get a driver with a REGULAR shaft.

The best thing you can do for your game is to get fitted for a shaft by a fitting professional. You can pick your favorite club online and take it to the club fitter and he'll install a shaft more appropriate for your exact swing. It's easily the best investment you can make.

More loft means more distance

Loft is the 2nd most important aspect. While 9° or 10° are good lofts for professionals or 100 mph+ swingers; at 90 mph, I strongly suggest 11° to 13° of loft in a driver. The additional loft makes the club much more forgiving and far more accurate. Increased launch angle also means you'll get more carry on your drives for more distance. 

New technology gives you big distance and greater accuracy

Paired with the right golf ball, modern drivers can add significant yardage to your long game. Some guys even notice 20 yard gains. Below are the best drivers for a 90 mph swing speed. >> Check out our guide on golf balls for 90 mph swings <<

Some drivers are also adjustable so you can change the loft of the club yourself and become your own club fitter. It all depends on how much you want to tinker. I prefer a simple point and shoot driver myself but it's always nice to have a club that you can adjust to your swing in real time.

The Best Drivers for 90 mph Swing Speed

Forgiving and LOOOONG

Kick your wife out of bed, you've got a new baby.

Callaway smoke the competition with the new Big Bertha Epic driver. The Jailbreak technology inside the face of the club is giving golfers more distance and straighter shots.

They've put some jail bars behind the face to reinforce the crown so all the flexing that happens at impact is on the face. That means more ball speed, and more distance.

But along with the distance comes a massive sweet spot that produces straight ball flight without too much shape. There's also a slideable weight on the perimeter of the sole and the hosel allows you to add up to 2° more loft for more carry at 90 mph swing speed. 

More friends jam this driver than any other on the market at the moment. Most switched from their Titleists because after trying the Epic, their ball was CARRYING the same distance as their Titleists were rolling out to.  Below are three of my buddies who never want another driver. 

My Callaway Epic fanatic playing partners - Petr and Dick 85-92 mph swings

Treat Yourself

I strongly suggest a regular shafted 10.5° or 13° Epic driver. That makes an ideal for loft range for a 90 mph swing speed. 

Pros
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    Easy slideable weight to change shot-shape
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    Adjustable hosel to add loft for more carry at 90 mph
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    Lightweight shaft options for extra oomph off the tee
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    Jailbreak technology gives golfers massive distance gains
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    Long!
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    Not very workable - prefers going straight
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    Ultralight so best for smooth tempo swingers

Cleveland Launcher HB Driver

Super option for senior golfers and golfers just below 90mph

Lightweight to generate more swing speed

The Launcher HB (Hi Bore)comes standard fit with a 50g shaft that gives you a higher launch with medium amount of spin. A lightweight head coupled with the shaft mean you can generate more club head speed which translates into longer carry. 

With the lightness and the deeper face of the driver, which is a Cleveland hallmark, most golfers notice a higher ball flight, needing less rollout to actually obtain any distance.

Clean, classic looks at address

After having played with three Cleveland drivers in my life, their offerings are always near the top of my list to check out. Their drivers always look totally clean on the crown and this one is equally beautiful with a sort of improve version of the Taylormade white concept on top. Except Cleveland have give you a minute sliver of grey to use for lining your drives up to the fairway.

You won't be able to adjust the loft of the driver nor are there any weights to move around. 9° 10.5° and a 12° option are all available and with a 90 mph swing, the 9° can be excluded from the selection. Like all Cleveland clubs, they won't be as hyped as Taylormade or Callaway but this driver is the business.

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    Lightweight for more swing speed
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    Deeper face for higher ball flight to increase carry distance
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    Very forgiving and easy to hit with a lovely ping sound
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    Muted alignment aid and classic looking crown
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    Very well priced
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    High quality Japanese Miyazaki shaft
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    Low in the face not as forgiving
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    Quick tempo golfers should avoid
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    Only one shaft option

Best value driver - pound for pound

The Wilson D300 has a very tall dominating face and setting up to the ball, it looks like a Cleveland of old. Classic shape and tall face with a massive sweet spot. Definitely in the sleeper category, not many guys will know about this driver and at this price, it's a best kept secret. 

The club is light and by light, I mean REALLY light. That might not appeal to everyone but it can definitely help pick up an extra couple mph in your swing. If you're hovering around 85 mph, this little beauty can bring you up to 90 mph and give you a few yards more off the tee.

Adjustability and forgiveness that costs less than a wife

A 10.5° Wilson D300 means you can adjust the loft to 11.5° and the 13° can adjust from 12° to 14° giving you plenty of opportunity to find the ideal ball flight for you. You can close the face by turning the hosel, encouraging a draw instead of a slice too. A great value driver overall. I really recommend the 13 degree option to give you the upper end of the loft for more carry distance.

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    Adjustable hosel for more loft and draw settings
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    Very lightweight for increasing swing speed
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    Well priced - dollar to extra yards ratio is low
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    Forgiving on mishits - producing acceptable results
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    Funny looking spikes on the crown can be off-putting

Hands-down the easiest driver to hit for any handicap

I've played with so many guys who have this stick in their bag and you know what?

I hate them.

Drive after drive after drive in the middle of the fairway. Long, high, booming drives from some of the ugliest swings God ever gave away. It's noisy too, just to rub it in your face that the guy smashed another one past your drive.

Ping have made the Ping G loft adjustable up 1° and down 0.6°. It's not the most adjustable but it's something.

Get this driver if you don't want to make friends 

A friend of mine, Jorn, plays this club and grinds down his opponents with his long straight drives. It's a real asset to have a dependable driver. It makes you feel good standing on the tee, it makes your betterball partner feel good, it makes your opponents want to kill you. I have in fact bought myself a Ping G driver with 10.5° of loft. It's available in 9 and 10.5 degrees which adjust to 10° and 11.5° respectively.

Overall, an absolute game-changer. Simply the best driver out there for 90 mph swingers.

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    High ball flight
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    Matte black finish for no glare
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    The best driver available
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    Extremely forgiving - missing fairways is very difficult to do
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    Loud sound at impact
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    Ping G30 previous model is almost as good

As played by: Bubba Watson, Lee Westwood


Simple point-and-shoot forgiveness stick

The 2017 M2 is the driver for you if you don't like to worry about the myriad of weight placements on the sole of the club to manipulate the shape and height of your shots. I'm a big fan of point-and-shoot clubs to simplify an already complicated game.

You can adjust the loft up on this driver but other than that it's ready to go straight out the box. There's no need to fiddle with stuff on the range and manipulate this shape of the shot because this thing is forgiving and straight. 

It blasts the ball out there and doesn't want to veer off course into the long stuff. The white and black color scheme also makes it super easy to align although the new M3 and M4 have a nicer grey color on top that is less garish than the white. 

Keep it simple ​

The Taylormade M2 2017 comes in 10.5° and 12° lofts and can add a new dimension to your tee game. That means you can turn them into 12.5° and 14° drivers if you please. There are no complicated set ups, just pick it up and smash.

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    Simple grip it and rip it club - no tinkering
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    Loft options are perfect for 90 mph swing speed
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    Massive sweet spot for total forgiveness
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    A lot of distance gains for a lot of golfers
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    Easy alignment
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    Tinkerers who want adjustable weights won't like
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    Color scheme isn't for everyone

As played by Tiger, Sergio, Rory McIlroy

Conclusion

With so many drivers out there to choose from that are designed for the average golfer with an average swing speed, it can get confusing. But without a doubt my friend, the Ping G and the Callaway Epic are easily the best drivers out there at the moment. Following closely behind is the Taylormade M2 from 2017.

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2 comments
sean coxe says

This is the website I’ve been looking for the past 12 years or so. Fred Shoemaker, in his book “Extraordinary Golf,” urges us to “find your own game.” I’ve followed your suggestions, lowered my handicap, and found my ‘own game.’ It’s not a game the other guys in my mens’ club play, and I sometimes get a lot of feedback when I’m hitting a six iron from 240 and laying up from 180, but I’m scoring in the low-to-mid 80’s now on a regular basis. Thanks.

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Bob Raymond says

Found information very interesting and useful.

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