Best Driver for 90 mph Swing Speed in 2024 - Golf Sidekick

Best Driver for 90 mph Swing Speed in 2024

Last Updated on February 2, 2024 by Matt Greene
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A 90 mph swing speed creates the best environment for selecting a driver. The clubs you see in the store are almost all designed off the rack for your swing speed. I'll show you a few things in this article beyond the ordinary. 

We'll find which shaft is right for your swing, which lofts carry further as well as a list of the best drivers for 90 mph swing speeds. They're easier to hit than ever and with the right one, there is no limit on how low you can go. There may be some brands you haven't heard of on here, but this is hands-down the best collection for average swings. 

The Best Drivers for 90 mph Swing Speed in 2024

  1. Cleveland XL Lite (best lightweight driver for more swing speed)
  2. Wilson D9  (best value-per-yard driver)
  3. Ping G425 Max  (best and easiest to hit driver for any handicap)
  4. TaylorMade STEALTH HD  (best looking driver)
  5. Cobra Air X (best for pure forgiveness)
  6. Callaway Big Bertha (a total classic updated)

Cleveland Launcher XL Lite

Super option for senior golfers and golfers below 90mph swing speed

Cleveland Launcher XL Lite

The Launcher XL Lite is a great addition to the long line of lightweight Cleveland drivers. There are multiple loft options including a higher lofted 12 degrees, providing 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. The bonded hosel and lightweight shaft being this driver in at a whopping 12.5 lighter than the standard Launcher XL.  

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 simple alignment aid and matte finish. 

With the Launcher XL it's all about ease of use. 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 and will work if you are a slower swinger. 


  • Lightweight for more swing speed
  • Deeper face for higher ball flight to increase carry distance
  • Very forgiving and easy to hit with a lovely ping sound
  • Muted alignment aid and classic looking crown
  • Very well priced
  • High quality Japanese Miyazaki shaft


  • Low in the face not as forgiving
  • Quick tempo golfers should avoid

Wilson D9

Best value driver - pound for pound

Wilson D9 Driver

The Wilson D9 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. 

It's the best looking driver that Wilson have designed for years. I think it looks like a Titleist TSi1 which is a stunner of a club.

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.

If you find the big brands do not fit your style or budget, the D9 is comparable in every way besides brand-recognition. The flight is easy to launch and with the correct loft, you'll find forgiveness and distance with the Wilson D9 golf driver. 


  • Carbon looking crown makes it look very high end like the top brands
  • Very lightweight for increasing swing speed
  • Well priced - dollar to extra yards ratio is low
  • Premium shafts are included despite the low price - top value


  • Clangy loud sound

PING G425 Max

best golf driver for beginners

In every group of golfers there is always a PING man and then there are the guys who haven't tried them. What the PING men will all attest to is just how easy it is to hit a PING. They may not be the most used on Tour but they're certainly a mainstay of amateur golf for decades.

Steve who can be seen in the Golf Sidekick videos on Youtube, just purchased himself a G425 Max and is hitting the ball better than ever with this driver. It replaced his G400 which he left in a car park leaning against his car.

It's a simple looking golf driver with simple colors and the shape is very classic-looking. A nice long and tall face with a tear drop shaped head. They've changed the color from a black to a lighter black almost dark grey color. 

The ball genuinely flies higher than most other drivers with its high launch properties. PINGs are renowned for the high and penetrating ball flight giving guys a lot more carry to get over more hazards and bunkers more confidently. 

At address, the crown is a pretty matte finish but there are a few kind of spike looking things on top. They are not entirely distracting and do help with alignment but if you prefer a very clean crown, this one might not be to your liking. 

There is a weight at the back of the sole to move around for different shot shapes. The hosel is also able to be moved around to increase or decrease loft depending on how low or high you would like to hit the ball.

Overall, a game-changer. Simply the best driver out there for 90 mph swingers who hit it too low. I can stand behind a recommendation for any golfer to try a PING. 


  • High yet penetrating ball flight
  • Matte dark grey finish for classy look at address
  • One of the best in the range
  • Extremely forgiving - misses left and right are severely improved


  • Loud sound at impact
  • They use a new hosel in this so you cannot use your shaft from your G400 in this one.

TaylorMade STEALTH HD Driver

Simple point-and-shoot forgiveness golf driver

Taylormade STEALTH HD Driver

The STEALTH caused a massive buzz in the equipment world due to its RED carbon face and (outlandish) ball speed claims. What's not up for debate is that TaylorMade consistently produce some of the best drivers with every new release and the STEALTH is no exception. 

The HD model is one of the first TaylorMade drivers targeted at the slower swinger and those struggling with a slice. The carbon face is 40% lighter and lot and shaft options make it easy to find you perfect combination. 

Pro Mo on my channel is a STEALTH convert after playing Callway for years. He is meticulous with his equipment so if he's gaming something oyu can be sure that it's the best out there on the market in terms of performance. 

The club really is a head turner on the course. The red face is a talking point and the sound of the face is supreme, as you expect from TaylorMade. The TaylorMade STEALTH HD comes in 9°, 10.5° and 12° lofts and can add a new dimension to your tee game. Adjust the loft and you have a driver that can be 12.5° and 14° drivers if you please. There are no complicated set ups, just pick it up and smash.


  • Superlight face made from carbon fiber
  • Loft options are perfect for 90 mph swing speed
  • Massive sweet spot for total forgiveness
  • A lot of distance gains for a lot of golfers into the wind especially
  • Easy alignment


  • Tinkerers who want adjustable weights won't like
  • Color scheme isn't for everyone

Cobra Air X

Maximum forgiveness and ball speed

Cobra Air X Driver

Everything about this driver is geared toward maximizing swing speed. The shaft is light, the head is light and the face is forgiving. In the Air X range, there is also a draw model with an offset shaft. This will help you to correct a slice.

The best part of this range that Cobra releases is that these clubs are just dead simple to hit. They come in 9.5 and 10.5 degree options. That may sound a bit low, but the tall face and large footprint of the driver helps to get that ball way up in the air.

Brian, from the Golf Sidekick Youtube channel used to play with the older model of this driver to learn to hit driver. He struggled a lot with standard drivers but after playing this one, he learned and then moved onto the Cobra Speedzone and eventually a G410. That's the power of using a simple driver like the Cobra Air X. You get confidence to hit the ball solid, then upgrade when you stripe the pipe. 

Teaski, my sister, also enjoys her Cobra Air X but hers is in the women's clubs. The idea is the same though. Light and fun, easy to hit with a maximum forgiveness and high handsome ball flight. It's a no-brainer whenever someone wants a 'first nice driver'.

As a stickler for alignment aids not being distracting, this one is a perfect improvement on a Ping crown. The top of the club at address subtly helps to keep the club aimed where you want to go. 

The ultralight construction is designed to give you more speed in the downswing but what it also does is give you the feeling of not needing to hit the ball so hard because it is just so light. This gives you rhythm and with rhythm, you increase swing speed sub-consciously. 


  • Very lightweight for more swing speed and more distance
  • Incredibly well priced driver
  • Massive sweet spot for total forgiveness
  • Offset version can help with slices
  • Super alignment aid on the crown that does not distract


  • Tinkerers who want adjustable weights won't like
  • A bit more of a beginner or novice driver hitters club

Callaway Big Bertha

Classic name brings classic forgiveness and distance

callaway big bertha driver

The Big Bertha is a famous name in golf. It was one of the first "proper" drivers of the modern golf era and changed the way clubs were made forever. The new Big Bertha replaces the excellent B21 driver and has great options of 9, 10.5 and 12.5 degrees available. If you're a low hitter, or a slicer, this is a great golf club for you.

Exactly like Callaway’s headliner model drivers, the Big Bertha driver has the famous Jailbreak bars behind the clubface for increased ball speeds at your swing speed. The face was designed using AI (artificial intelligence) so you know you're getting the best new technology on the market. 

The head shape is more triangular, being long from face to the back . The look at address is always confidence-building  as the club looks as though it can cover the ball and drive energy from behind. There's a built in draw-bias in the clubhead so the club reduces the distance loss from big slices. 

The grip and shaft have been selected especially for more forgiveness and distance. The driver is a result of deep research by Callaway into how higher handicappers actually hit their driver. This investigation led to the Big Bertha design to help these golfers, usually slower swing speeds, to get the ball higher, further, longer, more fun.

How to pick the right driver for your swing speed

The best shaft for 90 mph swings

Your swing speed at around 90 mph (85-95mph) perfectly fits a REGULAR driver shaft. If you play a regular shaft, your tee shots will fly straighter and longer more often without the wild slices.

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

If however, you have a very quick rhythm to your swing but your swing speed is still around 90 mph, there is a newer shaft introduced in the golfing world called SR - STIFF REGULAR. It is uncertain if this shaft is only available in Asia or in the USA but it is fantastic if you have a fast, jerky kind of swing to be able to actually give you more rhythm with a bit more stiffness.

You can take your game to the next level with a professional fitting if you find nothing seems to work. 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. 

The correct golf shaft in your driver remains the single best investment you can make in your long game. 

Best driver loft for 90 mph swing speed

The best driver loft for a 90 mph swing speed is 11 to 13 degrees of loft because 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. 

9 to 10 degree drivers are better for faster swings. The extra speed allows the ball to launch high despite the lower loft. 

Increased loft is more forgiving in every golf club. Ego stops most golfers from using higher lofted drivers because none of the pros do. 

Use the correct shaft

Many golfers install shafts that play too stiff for a 90 mph swing speed, and shafts that are too long for their height.

Be honest with yourself and look at your shot-shape. Do you feel under control of your ball shape? Does it curve erratically? Do you slice every drive?

You may need a regular flex, a lighter shaft or somethign in between. You should get checked by a fitter who can advise you. 

New drivers are more forgiving than ever

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.

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.

It's important for me to note: I DO NOT advocate for drivers that adjust to infinite amount of settings. I don't mind perhaps a fixed interchangeable weight plate or the ability to adjust the loft up or down, but sliding weights and infinite settings is a surefire way to doubt yourself all the way round the course when you hit them offline.

Let's keep it simple as possible so you never have decision paralysis, and so that you an swing freely off the tee instead of worrying about your settings.

What golf ball is best if I have a 90 mph swing speed?

If you want more distance, use a a ball that is firmer and has more rollout. They are much cheaper and durable. You will need to factor in the extra rollout on your approach shots. 

You need spin to shape your shots sometimes and eventually you may want to look at some good golf balls for 85-90 mph swing speeds to take advantage of some urethane balls. 

What swing speed requires a stiff shaft?

A stiff shaft is recommended for swing speeds between 95-105 mph. 

If you’re not sure what your swing speed is, you can test it at a Trackman bay or a fitting studio inside a store. You should warm up before hand and remember not to try CRUSH every ball. You want a good representation of your playing swing speed, so you can always be sure that you select a shaft that works well at all times, not only on your good days. 

Best shaft for 90 mph golf swing

The best shaft for 90 mph swing speed is a regular graphite shaft preferably a Tour AD shaft. The exact model of these shafts depends on your swing tempo and a fitter can provide full information on each model.


With so many drivers out there to choose from that are designed for you with a 90 mph swing speed, you almost can't make a bad decision.

The main aspect you must love about your driver is the look and feel. If you can accomplish that, then the rest is semantics. 

You don't need to splurge an insane amount of money to hit the ball well. You don't even need the latest year models to enjoy your tee game.

Last Updated on February 2, 2024 by Matt Greene

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