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How far should I hit each golf club?

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How far should I hit each golf club?

Golf Club Distances - A Beginner's Guide

Are you new to golf? A common question I am asked, is "How Far Should I Hit Each Golf Club?"

So How far are you suppose to hit each golf club? There is no clear answer but their is a guideline that can help you understand your distances better.

There are a lot of factors that can effect how far you should hit each golf club. Such as, what golf clubs you are using, golf balls, the playing conditions, your physical ability and natural swing speed.

Wide Variation in Golfer's Distances

Distances between golfer's will vary greatly. One golfer's 8-iron distance could be another golfer's 6-iron distance and so forth. But this does not meant that is the wrong golf club for the distance. I often see golfer's that try to hit a certain club because they think that's what they should hit for that distance. It is vital to understand that there is NO WRONG CLUB DISTANCE, there is only your distance.

How to Learn your Golf Yardages

When you start playing, you will quickly get an idea of whether you are a long hitter or short hitter simply by playing. As you play more your yardages will likely change. Being a long hitter doesn't necessarily mean you will shoot lower scores. Hitting it straight and hitting greens in regulation will help you score better.

Estimated Golf Club Distance Chart

The yardages listed in the chart below show a range for average amateurs, both male and female. As you'll see, the ranges are quite large, and represent short hitters, mid hitters and long hitters. This is just to give you a rough concept of distances for each club.

Club Men Women
Driver 200-240-280 160-185-210
3-wood 180-225-245 125-150-180
5-wood 170-195-220 105-135-170
2-iron 170-195-215 105-135-170
3-iron 160-180-205 100-125-160
4-iron 150-170-195 90-120-150
5-iron 140-160-180 80-110-140
6-iron 130-150-170 70-100-130
7-iron 120-140-160 65-90-120
8-iron 110-130-150 60-80-110
9-iron 95-115-140 55-70-95
PW 80-105-135 50-60-80
SW 60-80-105 40-50-60

Bottom line

No matter what your friends hit or the pros, play your distances and you will play better and score lower. As you improve you may gain distance and will have to reevaluate which clubs are best for YOUR distances. Practice and play your game!

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  • I am a woman and hit my PW 110. This chart is way off.

    Andrea on
  • I have hit each of my clubs and I have taken the swing to the knee, hip, shoulder and full. My swing speed on iron and hybrids may change with the different clubs. I hit slingshots until I changed to taylormade clubs with graphite shafts. I have hit my seven over 200 with the m2 reax shaft. I have decided to move to a slower swing speed in the low 80’s, work on control. It certainly has improved my accuracy. This is what I hit my slingshots.
    2 iron 215 Hybrid 220-245
    3 iron 200 Hybrid 205-215
    4 iron 190 Hybrid 195-210
    5 iron 180
    6 iron 165
    7 iron 155 – hip swing 100
    8 iron 144 – hip swing 90
    9 iron 135 – hip swing 80
    PW 110-115
    SW-80 -85

    Kevin J Schmidt on
  • There about spot on for me. A mid hitter. Thanks John.

    John Green on
  • Are these carry or total distances?
    I have been working on increasing club speed, and have over 2 month increased from 70 mph to 85 mph on 8 iron. On trackman I carry up to 140 yards.
    I have still poor Control and stability, but at 80-82 mph there is good stability, and that is still significantly better than 2 month ago, so I look forward to the spring and measure the real gain from my winther training.

    Kuno Kragh on

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