I turned 60 this year and by odd coincidence I do seem to lost a lot of distance. But it's been fairly sudden, and I suspect swing flaws are more to blame than old age per se, because I am really struggling hitting anything right now. But when I do make what feels like solid contact it just doesn't go as far as it used to. I do have some arthritis in my left hip that I suspect is hampering a proper turn and weight shift to the left side. Could be a factor. I'm considering a driver fitting with a monitor. It would be interesting to see what my swing speed is. It was in the 90s at one time but I suspect it hovers near 80 these days.
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I’m 67 boys and one of the shorter hitters in my Saturday group. ..Of those around 65 I would say 230/40 is about the average some are a bit longer… I get around 220, that’s on a flattish fairway and not wind assisted. However I also have health issues rheumatics, arthritis in the back, all the old mans stuff… In saying that with my mid week groups. I’m one of the longer hitters, but quite a few 70s guys in these groups. Be sure whatever you are hitting now you will loose yardage with age… How much will depend on the individual and their current swing type. I find the guys with quick hands compensate very well against the loss of flexibility and fitness.. Note however, that I play a 6800 yard links course which is also a British Open pre-qualifying venue. So not easy. And as you can see. I have a genuine 11.7 national handicap and have even won a trophy this year.
PS: I compensate with a good short game.
Enjoy your golf
Acuna if that is all you lose then you are in good shape, I am 50 and a few yards is the least of my worry!
I'm 57 years old and started playing when I was 48 so I have no reference to what I might have done when I was much younger and much stronger.
I seem to have lost a few yards (maybe 5 yards) from my best drives a few years ago but I hit so many more of my best drives now that my average driving distance is longer now.
When I started playing I had more muscle and weighed 225 lbs. with a BMI of 28. In an effort to improve my BMI I lost quite a bit of muscle along with the fat and now I weigh 185 lbs. with a BMI of 20.
The loss of muscle didn't have nearly the effect on my driving distance that I would have thought. It seems that (for me anyway) hand speed is more important than strength and I can't tell that I've lost any hand speed.