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Golf Club Distances

If you know how far you can hit your golf clubs, then you are much more likely to land where you expect. This is particularly important when approaching the green, five yards can make the difference between a great shot and being in the bunker. Knowing how far you can hit your clubs can save you numerous strokes over 18 holes.

Golf club distance depends on many factors including what kind of clubs you are using and your swing speed. You need to keep the weather conditions in mind, if you are hitting into a gale your ball will not go nearly as far.

According to independent sources, PGA pros hit their drivers ranging from 280 yards to 320 yards on an average. LPGA pros hit 230 to 270 yards on an average . Amateurs usually average between 190-205 yards with their drivers.

These statistics should not discourage a beginner, you do not need to hit as far as the best golf players of the world in order to play golf well.

How to work out Club Distances

The best way is to go a driving range which has distance markers, and work through your clubs hitting ten balls with each club. After you hit ten balls with a particular club, look at the pattern of where the balls lie, choose a ball that is in the middle of the pattern and write down that distance. Do this for each club.

A quicker way is to use our custom club distance calculator. It is fun to use, just click here to try it. Alternatively you can view our table of indicative club distances set out below.

Table of Golf Club Distances

All these are rough estimation of the clubs used to hit the ball. It varies depending on such factors as your sex, height, and fitness level. It also depends on your ball type, swing speed, and of course, how well you actually hit the ball. Below is a table of average club distances for different categories of players.

Golf Distances are calculated in metres based on average amateur male and female players ranging from short, mid, and long hitters, with the different types of clubs listed.

Club

Loft Angle (degrees)

Distance for Men (metres)

Distance for Women (metres)

Driver

8 - 13

183-210-229

119-147-183

2-wood

12 - 15

175-201-219

114-141-175

3-wood

12 - 17

172-197-214

111-138-172

4-wood

15 - 19

160-183-199

104-128-160

5-wood

19 - 21

156-178-194

101-125-156

6-wood

21 - 23

148-169-184

96-119-148

7-wood

23 - 25

140-160-174

91-112-140

8-wood

25 - 27

132-151-164

85-106-132

9-wood

26 - 28

120-137-150

78-96-120

1-iron

15 - 18

162-197-221

99-127-162

2-iron

18 - 20

147-178-200

90-116-147

3-iron

21 - 24

136-165-185

83-107-136

4-iron

25 - 28

128-155-175

78-101-128

5-iron

28 - 32

121-146-165

73-95-121

6-iron

32 - 36

113-137-154

69-89-113

7-iron

36 - 40

106-128-144

64-83-106

8-iron

40 - 44

98-119-134

60-77-98

9-iron

45 - 48

87-105-118

53-68-87

Pitching wedge

48 - 52

79-96-108

48-62-79

Gap wedge

52 - 54

72-87-98

44-56-72

Sand wedge

54 - 58

60-73-82

37-47-60

Lob wedge

58 - 62

53-64-72

32-42-53

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Different Clubs

There are different types of golf clubs used in order to hit the right distance on the golf course. The main types used in the game of golf are: putters, wedges, woods and irons.

Putters

Putters are not distance clubs as they are used in hitting the ball around the green area, when the ball is close to the cup.

Woods

A driver can be used to hit a ball about 150 yards for a beginner, 220 yards for an average player, and over 300 yards for a professional.

Irons

A 9 iron will be able to hit a 80 to 90 yards for a beginner, 125-135 yards in case of an average player and 145 yards for a professional.

Hybrids

A hybrid will travel about the same distances as its iron equivalent. For example, when hybrid 3 will hit about the same distance as a well hit 3 iron. However, the average golfer will tend to hit hybrids more consistently than a low iron, and so the average distance gained by a hybrid might be about five yards longer than the equivalent iron.

Wedges

The pitching wedge will be hitting the ball for beginners it should be 60 to 90 yards, 100-125 yards for an average players and 115-135 yards for professionals. The sand wedge distance is 40 to 60, 90-100 and 100-110 yards as per the categories mentioned above.

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