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Run Distances

The run distance of a shot is how far it runs after it has landed. The flat run distance is the run distance on a notionally flat course. The actual run distance will depend on the slope of our landing area together with many other factors. If you are interested in the carry distance, visit this page.

You will care about the run distance when you are hitting a drive and fairway shot and you are hoping not to run into a water hazard. When you are hitting an approach shot, you will want to be able to estimate the carry and run distance to ensure the ball will stop as close to the pin as possible. Clearly it is also important for pitch and chip shots.

The run of the ball is sensitive to a wider range of conditions than the carry, because by definition carry is only the airborne part of the ball trajectory. here are some factors that can affect run.

Unfortunately you cannot go to a driving range to get a good idea of the run of each club. The reason for this is that the surface of most driving range are bear little resemblance to a real fairway. The best way to get an idea is to take a notebook with you, and when you are hitting onto a flat fairway or flat, non-elevated green, take note of the run. Clearly this will take time, because the actual run on the same course can vary from day to day, depending on the conditions. In the meantime, the following table will give you an approximate idea of how the flat run will vary with club loft. Take this table with a grain of salt, ultimately you are going to have to learn the run by playing lots of golf (there are worse fates). Below the table is a summary of how different conditions affect the run.

Club

Loft (degrees)

Distance for men (yards)

Distance for women (yards)

Driver

8 - 13

33

23

2-wood

12 - 15

31

22

3-wood

12 - 17

30

21

4-wood

15 - 19

28

20

5-wood

19 - 21

27

19

6-wood

21 - 23

25

18

7-wood

23 - 25

23

16

8-wood

25 - 27

22

15

9-wood

26 - 28

20

14

1-iron

15 - 18

30

20

2-iron

18 - 20

27

17

3-iron

21 - 24

24

16

4-iron

25 - 28

22

14

5-iron

28 - 32

20

13

6-iron

32 - 36

18

12

7-iron

36 - 40

16

10

8-iron

40 - 44

14

9

9-iron

45 - 48

12

7

Pitching wedge

48 - 52

5

3

Gap wedge

52 - 54

4

3

Sand wedge

54 - 58

3

2

Lob wedge

58 - 62

3

2

Effect of Conditions on Run