With a swing speed of 85 mph, you are considered to have moderate swing speed.
Eighty-five mph of speed should give you a drive in the 200-240 yard range.
Most likely, a regular shaft will fit you perfectly, but several players will do quite well with a senior shaft.
In this guide, we have put together our favorite drivers on the market for an 85mph swing speed.
Top 10 Best Drivers for 85 MPH Swing Speed
1. Taylor Made M6 Driver
- Speed injected: Every head is individually speed tested and injected with tuning resin to optimize cor across the entire face; The speed injection process is designed to maximize ball speed and distance in the M6 driver
- Twist face: Revolutionary new face curvature with a corrective face angle on off center hits, engineered to reduce side spin and deliver straighter shots
- Aerodynamic carbon sole design with "Inertia generator": Sleek, aerodynamic shaping designed to provide increased club head speed for more distance
- Hammer head 2.0: The new, more flexible hammerhead slot works in conjunction with speed injected twist face to produce a larger sweet spot and preserve ball speed on off center strikes
- Speed injected face
- Twist Face
- Lots of ball speed
The TaylorMade M6 Driver was one of the longest clubs that TaylorMade ever released.
The most exciting thing about the M6 is the speed injected face.
Every face on every golf club has certain parameters that it must stay within to be considered legal by the USGA.
Most companies will find a number very close to this limit and then just manufacture everything to this level.
There is no chance of the driver being considered illegal or non conforming, but there is also a chance that it is not exactly at the legal limit.
TaylorMade decided they wanted to make sure that every driver that leaves their warehouse is as close to the legal limit as possible.
That is why every clubhead is speed injected to make sure it is as high performing as it could possibly be.
The results are a very forgiving high-speed driver that has made distance and forgiveness much easier for the average golfer.
The M6 has an adjustable face, and the regular shaft in this club is not all that strong.
If you are a borderline regular shaft, you may have no trouble with the M6.
If you are a golfer that slices the golf ball, the M6 is available in the Draw model, where the clubface is slightly closed.
Overall this is about as high performing a driver as you can find, and the price recently dropped as well.
- Fairly price
- Very high ball speeds
- Lots of forgiveness
- No adjustable weights
2. Cobra F9 Speedback
- Speedback Technology-King F9 Speedback driver is the first of its kind to achieve true optimization of aerodynamics and low CG, making it the fastest, and longest COBRA driver.
- Speedback Aero Design-Speedback Technology delivers a highly aerodynamic clubhead design, and is the first to combine a raised skirt, rounded crown and rounded leading edge to improve airflow for maximum speed and stability.
- Low CG Speedback Weighting-The addition of a low, multi-material tungsten weight structure creates a low, deep CG that has never before been combined with efficient aerodynamics, optimizing club and ball speed, combined with low spin for extreme distance.
- CNC Precision Milled Face-In an industry where everyone claims to have a fast driver face, ours is the only one that's CNC milled. CNC milling delivers our thinnest, hottest face repeatedly on every driver we manufacture.
- Dual Roll Technology-Dual Roll adds distance to your drives by minimizing the gear effect that negatively impacts launch and spin on high and low misses.
- Highly adjustable
- Very forgiving
- Longest driver Cobra has made
The Cobra F9 Speedback is one of the longest and highest performing drivers that Cobra has ever made.
Cobra is very well known for their ability to make forgiving golf clubs, where they have lacked is the distance category.
Golfers that have a swing speed of 85mph need all the distance they can get.
The new F9 has tons of distance with the new aerodynamic clubhead shape.
The carbon fiber crown has helped to reduce the overall weight of the golf club and provide even higher levels of performance.
The Cobra is also a very reasonably priced driver which pushed it even further up our list.
If you happen to be unsure if you want a regular or senior shaft, this driver comes in both options.
The senior flex is going to be a little lighter than the regular.
If you have a decent amount of strength, it will make sense to go with the regular shaft.
- Lots of adjustability
- Carbon fiber lightweight crown
- Tons of ball speed and distance
- The new Speedzone may be a bit longer
Cobra F9 Speedback vs Taylor Made M6 Driver
3. Cobra F-Max Superlite
- Lighter overall weight-18 grams of weight saving performance is achieved through a 6 gram lighter clubhead, a 7 gram lighter grip, and a 5 gram lighter shaft
- Forged E9 face technology-a thin forged Titanium face insert is engineered with E9 technology to enhance ball speed and distance across a larger area of the face
- Back/heel weighting-an ultra-forgiving construction features an internal weight pad positioned low, back and heel ward that promotes higher launch and straighter ball flights
- Crown alignment feature-a subtle crown alignment design assists with a square setup at address and provides a visually pleasing detail with it being distracting to the Eye
- Offset or Straight neck drivers-golfers can choose between an Offset design for maximum draw bias or Straight neck design for those that prefer a tradtional look at address
- Very lightweight
- Extra forgiving
- Available in offset or straight neck
The next driver on our list is yet another Cobra.
The F-Max Superlite is going to be for the higher handicap golfer that needs some forgiveness in addition to the distance.
The F Max is one of the lightest golf drivers on the market.
Not only did Cobra make the club head and the shaft extremely lightweight, but the grip is also lightweight as well.
The face on the Cobra F Max is the forged E9 Technology.
This is a very thin face that has allowed for extra ball speed and distance as well.
We love that you can choose between the offset or the straight neck design with the Cobra Superlite.
The offset design is going to help golfers that need a bit of extra forgiveness when it comes to slicing the ball.
The Superlite is not adjustable like the F9 is, so if that is something you enjoy, you may want to go with the Cobra F9 driver.
- Very lightweight shaft
- Easier to get faster clubhead speeds with a light shaft
- Thin E9 face for the extra jump off the club
- Available in offset or straight neck
- Not for the lower handicap player
4. Callaway Mavrik Max
- The new face architecture required FS2S titanium, an extremely strong material that’s 6 grams lighter than traditional titanium to promote optimal speed, forgiveness, and spin robustness.
- Two internal Jailbreak bars connect the sole and crown to promote fast ball speed, and the significantly lighter carbon crown allows us to redistribute weight for higher MOI.
- We also used A. I. to design a sophisticated internal titanium rib system that fine-tunes the head to produce a deeper, highly satisfying sound.
- Included Components: Golf Club, Headcover
- FS2S Titanium face
- Internal Jailbreak bars for ball speed and forgiveness
- Designed with Artificial intelligence
The Callaway Mavrik driver is the newest and most technologically advanced Driver from Callaway.
If you want the best of the best, this is it.
The Mavrik Max is a slightly different club than the standard Mavrik.
We like the Mavrik Max best for the golfer with an 85 mph swing speed.
With the Mavrik Max, you get a slightly larger clubhead and sweet spot, and you get some extra adjustability.
The slightly larger club head is going to make things quite a bit easier if you should end up slightly missing the center of the clubhead.
The Mavrik Max is a very long golf club with high MOI.
The only real issue you will find with the Mavrik Max is that it is expensive.
Any driver offering this much technology and distance will sit at the top of the market for a little while.
- Low spinning
- Lots of ball speed and distance
- Designed using artificial intelligence
- Highly adjustable
- Priced very high
5. Callaway Rogue Driver
- Combined power of Jailbreak Technology and X-Face VFT Technology that promote high ball speed and long distance
- Largest ever carbon composite crown surface area in a Callaway driver and new high-MOI shape with larger address footprint combine to increase stability and forgiveness
- Speed Step technology developed by Boeing and Callaway to improve airflow and to promote faster head speed
- Industry-leading Selection of Shaft, Weight and Loft Options
- Jailbreak bars
- High MOI
- High-quality shafts
The Callaway Rogue Driver is another high performing option from Callaway.
This is a bit older than the Mavrik, but technology is still very relevant.
The Rogue has some considerable distance and forgiveness; it just doesn’t have the same sound or feel that the Mavrik has.
On the bright side, it has much better pricing.
The Rogue features the same Jailbreak technology that gives golfers an excellent jump off the clubface.
If you have a swing speed of 85mph, any help you can get when it comes to that speed at impact is going to be quite helpful.
The Rogue features a carbon composite crown, which helped save it a bit of weight and make it even more forgiving as well.
The Rogue was a great release for Callaway, and if you are playing with a driver that is more than three or four years old, there is no question you will see increased distance with this club.
- Carbon composite crown
- Lots of forgiveness
- High MOI
- Sound and feel are not as great as the newer releases
6. TaylorMade M2 Driver
- All new multilateral construction saves weight and repositions CG low and back
- Geocoustic technology
- Deep more active speed pocket
- FF2FF PRECISION PROCESS
- Premium features and personalization
- Geocoustic tuning
- Speed pocket
- Low center of gravity
Sometimes a golfer with an 85mph swing speed is tired of having to chase the latest technology to grab a few extra yards.
Luckily with the TaylorMade M2, you will not have to spend very much money, and you may find yourself with some extra distance.
The M6 driver is our top choice for the golfer with the 85mph swing speed, but much of the same technology that is in the M6 is also in the M2.
The M2 driver has an adjustable loft sleeve and a very low center of gravity.
A low center of gravity in a driver is going to give you lots of extra launch off the tee and more distance as well.
Some players think that they want their ball to fly lower so that it rolls more and goes further.
This is not the case.
You need your golf ball to stay in the air as long as possible if you want to get the most distance.
Then when the ball lands, you will want a low spin club that allows the ball to release and roll down the fairway.
Golfers should aim to hit the ball high and hope that low spin gives them plenty of roll.
The M2 has all of these qualities, and it makes for a very high performing golf club.
- Speed pocket technology
- Great feel
- Lots of distance
- Lower pricing
- Technology is a few years older
- No adjustable weights
7. Callaway Epic Flash Driver
- The Callaway Epic Flash Driver employs a new technology called Flash Face to help golfers get more ball speed for more distance
- Flash Face’s sophisticated architecture was created by Artificial Intelligence; the first known instance of using A.I.in the golf industry; to create a radically different face
- Jailbreak Technology features two internal bars that stiffen and stabilize the crown and sole, placing more impact load on the face to promote faster ball speed
- A new lighter Triaxial Carbon Crown saves weight that’s redistributed within the head to raise MOI for exceptional forgiveness on off center hits
- Adjustable Perimeter Weighting gives golfers the power to easily promote draws, fades or a straighter flight
- Flash face technology
- Jailbreak Bars
- Triaxial Carbon Crown
The Callaway Epic Flash Driver was all the talk last year.
At the time, it was showing higher ball speeds and better performance than many of the other drivers on the market.
The Flash Face and Jailbreak Bars turned out to be an excellent success for Callaway, and they ended up incorporating a lot of this technology on their new clubs.
This driver is very appealing, and it works quite well for the 85 mph swing speed.
With this swing speed, you are going to want to make sure you purchase the Epic Flash and not the Epic Flash Sub Zero.
The Epic Flash is a bit easier to launch and much easier to control for the higher handicap player.
Inside this Epic Flash, you will find Jailbreak Bars that help to stabilize the entire club head and focus the impact load on the clubface.
This means that when you hit this club in the center of the clubface, you will see distances you have probably never seen before.
We recommend this driver most for the lower handicapper that has a slow swing speed.
- Very lightweight
- High ball speeds
- Great feel
- Not quite as forgiving as some other models out there
8. Cleveland Turbo Launcher Driver
- Turbocharged cup face: The new turbocharged cup face, enhanced with a new variable face, provides higher COR over a larger impact area for increased ball speeds and more distance.
- HI bore Crown: The redesigned HI Bore Crown lowers the center-of-gravity (CG) by 2. 2mm, enabling a lower CG position for optimal launch conditions.
- Deep weighting: discretionary mass savings positioned for significant increases to MOI, delivering more speed.
- Ultralight hostel: external and internal weight reduction, redistributed low and deep for a higher launch and more forgiveness.
- Counter balanced shaft design: specifically designed for the launcher HB Turbo driver, the MIYAZAKI C. Kuma center of gravity is relocated higher toward the grip, enabling additional head mass for increased MOI.
- Turbocharged cup face
- Higher speeds
- Lower weight
The Cleveland Launcher Turbo driver is a new release from Cleveland that has been proving that Cleveland can compete with the big names.
Similar to Cobra, Cleveland has long been known for their forgiveness as opposed to their distance.
This has changed with the Launcher Turbo.
Cleveland has paired a very high performing shaft with a lightweight and fast club head.
The result is more distance than we have seen in a Cleveland Driver in a very long time.
The HiBore Crown the Cleveland is so well known for has remained as part of this new driver.
The Launcher is not an adjustable golf club, but it does have a very low center of gravity.
Making the driver not adjustable helped Cleveland save some weight.
The extra weight savings will help golfers with 85mph swing speeds get the extra distance they are looking for.
If you ever struggle with the launch on your Driver, Cleveland is capable of providing very high lofts as well.
For golfers that are borderline between regular and senior, you will be fine to switch to the regular with this club in your hand.
With the weight savings and the performance, it is not difficult to release the regular shaft in the Cleveland Turbo Launcher.
- Shaft made explicitly for the driver
- Higher launching
- Low center of gravity
- Not adjustable
- Lower MOI than some other brands
9. Wilson Staff D7 Driver
- [WILSON STAFF MEN'S D7 DRIVER BUNDLE] - Wilson Staff Men's D7 Driver & PlayBetter Premium Pitchfix Divot Tool with Magnetic Golf Ball Marker
- [SUPERLIGHT DESIGN] - Advanced materials and simplified construction result in a head weight of just 192g, allowing for greater ball speeds and maximum distance off the tee.
- [K]OMPOSITE CROWN] - A three-piece crown comprised of Kevlar layered between woven carbon fiber neutralizes vibration for a sharp, crisp sound and incredible feel.
- [DYNAMIC LAUNCH CONTROL] - Internal weighting has been optimized depending on the loft. 9.0º driver features the weight forward. The 10.5º driver features weight in the mid sole and the 13º driver features weight towards the back and heel.
- [MORE GREENS HIT, MORE DIVOTS TO FIX] - The PlayBetter Pitchfix Divot Tool is a must-have for golfers throwing darts at the green with the Wilson Staff Men's D7 Driver! Plus the magnetic ball marker is almost impossible to lose as it's attached to the divot tool!
- Comes with ball marker and divot tool
- Superlight design
- Great distance
Wilson is known for their forgiving and easy to hit beginner’s golf clubs.
However, they make some really great clubs that will work for all handicap levels.
The D7 is a great driver for a player with an 85 mph swing speed.
This driver has plenty of distance because of it’s lightweight and simple construction.
If you are used to a classing design in a driver this is a great choice.
You will have two loft choices a 10.5 and a 13 degree.
The 13 is going to be very high launching and it could end up costing you a few yards.
We think the 10.5 should be plenty of loft for the 85mph swing speed golfer.
One of the things we really liked about the Wilson D7 was the feel and the sound.
This is overall a great driver that is underrated but high performing.
- Good price
- Plenty of distance
- Ball speeds not quite has high has some other choices
10. PGX Offset Driver
- Offset anti-slice Technology
- 460Cc clubhead
- Headcover included ; The matte black finish and white and green gives the driver a clean and sleek look.
- Club 1
- The offset of the driver helps you square the ball at impact. Having a square face at impact is important and will result in straighter drivers.
- Very low price
- Offset design
- Black clubhead for low glare
Last on our list is the PGX Offset Driver.
This driver is both offset and lightweight.
If you are a higher to mid handicapper golfer with a swing speed of around 85mph, you may see some success with this golf club.
In addition, if you happen to slice the golf ball, this is a great choice.
Golf drivers are expensive, and with all the research and development that goes into them, it is no surprise.
However, not everyone wants to drop a mortgage payment on a new driver, and we don’t blame them.
If you have some older technology or a golf club that is not working for you, you may want to consider this PGX.
- Anti slice technology
- Very low pricing
- Black clubhead looks good
- High launching
- Must be careful and use headcover or paint will chip
- Not adjustable
- Not great for a golfer who doesn’t slice