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Golf Tips from the your DCC golf Professionals

 
Mike Ryan, PGA
PGA Professional
Derryfield Country Club
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What Is the Average Distance With Each Golf Club?

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By Teresa Justine Kelly

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

1-iron 180-215-235 yards
2-iron 170-195-210 yards
3-iron 160-180-200 yards
4-iron 150-160-170 yards
5-iron 140-160-170 yards
6-iron 130-150-160 yards
7-iron 120-140-150 yards
8-iron 110-130-140 yards
9-iron 95-115-130 yards
Pitching wedge 80-105-120 yards
Sand wedge 60-80-100 yards
Lob wedge 50-70-90 yards

Average Distances for Senior Tour Players

Driver 274-284 yards
3-wood 230-239 yards
5-wood 218-226 yards
3-iron 201-208 yards
4-iron 192-199 yards
5-iron 184-191 yards
6-iron 173-180 yards
7-iron 163-169 yards
8-iron 151-157 yards
9-iron 140-145 yards
Pitching wedge 129-134 yards

Average Distances for PGA Tour Players

Driver 289-361 yards
3-wood 243-304 yards
5-wood 230-288 yards
3-iron 212-265 yards
4-iron 203-254 yards
5-iron 194-243 yards
6-iron 183-229 yards
7-iron 172-215 yards
8-iron 160-200 yards
9-iron 148-185 yards
Pitching wedge 136-170 yards

Average Distances for Women (short hitter - mid hitter - long hitter)

Driver 150-175-200 yards
2-wood 135-160-190 yards
3-wood 125-150-180 yards
4-wood 110-145-175 yards
5-wood 105-135-170 yards
1-iron 125-150-180 yards
2-iron 105-135-170 yards
3-iron 100-125-160 yards
4-iron 90-120-150 yards
5-iron 80-110-140 yards
6-iron 70-100-130 yards
7-iron 65-90-120 yards
8-iron 60-80-110 yards
9-iron 55-70-95 yards
Pitching wedge 50-60-80 yards
Sand wedge 40-50-60 yards
Lob wedge 35-45-50 yards

Average Distances for LPGA Tour Players

Driver 246-258 yards
3-wood 195-217 yards
5-wood 185-205 yards
4-iron 170-181 yards
5-iron 161-173 yards
6-iron 152-163 yards
7-iron 141-154 yards
8-iron 130-143 yards
9-iron 119-132 yards
Pitching wedge 107-121 yards

Loft Angle (Degree)

Drivers are designed to maximize the ball's carry distance, so a driver's loft angle ranges from 8 to 13 degrees, depending on the specific brand or model of driver.

Woods, ranging from a 2-wood to a 5-wood are also used for distance, but their loft angle is slightly greater than a driver. This angle provides the golfer with distance, with a little more loft than a driver. For example:
2-wood 12-15 degrees
3-wood 12-17 degrees
4-wood 15-19 degrees
5-wood 20-23 degrees

Irons, ranging from a 1-iron to a 9-iron are used for distance with the larger numbered irons being used for their ability to get loft for a ball. 
1-iron 15-18 degrees
2-iron 18-20 degrees
3-iron 21-24 degrees
4-iron 25-28 degrees
5-iron 28-32 degrees
6-iron 32-36 degrees
7-iron 36-40 degrees
8-iron 40-44 degrees
9-iron 45-48 degrees

Wedges, for pitching, sand or lobbing, are primarily used for their ability to get under a golf ball and give it maximum loft.
Pitching wedge 47-53 degrees
Sand wedge 54-58 degrees
Lob wedge 58-62 degrees 

The distance achieved by a specific golf club will vary from player to player and from day to day based on the conditions.

Tour distance information was compiled from stats on golfwrx.com

Tip: Chart Your Distances for All Your Clubs

Go to the driving range and hit ten golf balls with each club. Keep track of the ten distances you achieve with each club.

Repeat the charting monthly, or more frequently if you are actively working on your swing.