What Is the Average Distance With Each Golf Club?
If you know the distances you can achieve with each of your golf clubs, you can pick the correct club and plan where you want the ball to land on the golf course.
Key Factors to Achieve Golf Club Distance
The total distance achieved by a golf club is based on several factors: the loft achieved, the carry distance achieved (Note: The carry distance is the yardage from the point of impact to the point of landing.), the weather conditions and your swing speed:
- Loft: Each club face has a unique angle. The more angle on the club face, the greater the potential loft of the club. For example, a driver is designed for distance, so the club face is almost straight up and down. This causes only an 8-13 degree loft. In comparison, a pitching wedge is designed for loft, so the club face is more parallel to the ground, with a 47-53 degree loft.
- Distance: According to Golfmentor.com, distances achieved by short, mid and long hitters can vary by as much as 50% depending on the club and the gender (see actual average distance ranges below). Men tend to have faster swing speeds which causes them to hit the ball farther. However, many women are long hitters, with some LPGA pros hitting the ball as far, or farther, than men on the course.
- Weather: The distance achieved can be greatly affected by the weather conditions. Hitting a ball into a strong wind can greatly influence the loft and the distance achieved.
- Swing Speed: The faster your swing speed, the greater the distance that you can achieve.
Average Distances for Men (short hitter - mid hitter - long hitter)
Driver 200-230-260 yards
2-wood 190-220-245 yards
3-wood 180-215-235 yards
4-wood 175-200-220 yards
5-wood 170-195-210 yards