Irons Distances

It is said that you drive for show and putt for dough. By comparison, Irons are the work horses of golf clubs. Even professionals do not often sink an iron shot nor do they hit the irons as far as they go. Irons are all about precision. You want your iron to land close to where you are aiming, and that is why knowing the distance of your irons is so important.

Irons are rarely hit with full strength, and can often be hit with a half swing or less, depending on the exact job for which you are using it.

The table below shows indicative distances for irons when hit with their normal swing. The distances are displayed in yards. You can also estimate iron distances with our club distances calculator.

Club

Loft (degrees)

Distance for men (yards)

Distance for women (yards)

1-iron

15 - 18

177-215-242

108-139-177

2-iron

18 - 20

161-195-219

98-126-161

3-iron

21 - 24

148-180-202

90-117-148

4-iron

25 - 28

140-170-191

85-110-140

5-iron

28 - 32

132-160-180

80-104-132

6-iron

32 - 36

124-150-169

75-97-124

7-iron

36 - 40

115-140-157

70-91-115

8-iron

40 - 44

107-130-146

65-84-107

9-iron

45 - 48

95-115-129

58-75-95

Pitching wedge

48 - 52

87-105-118

53-68-87

Gap wedge

52 - 54

78-95-107

48-62-78

Sand wedge

54 - 58

66-80-90

40-52-66

Lob wedge

58 - 62

58-70-79

35-45-58

Here is a complimentary tip for you. When you hit your irons, move your back foot so it is angled at right angle to the direction of the target. This will slightly restrict you back swing, giving you more consistency over the distance that you hit the ball.

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