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Beginner’s Guide to Golf: How Far Should I Hit Each Golf Club?

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Are you new to golf? You’ve come to the right place. At BombTech Golf, we specialize in creating golf drivers specifically designed for beginners who want to find enjoyment and entertainment while playing. 

One of the most common questions I am asked is "How far should a beginner hit a driver?" 

So, how far are you supposed to hit each golf club? While there is no clear answer, this beginner golf driver guide can help you understand your distances better. Read on. 

A guide to beginner golf driver distance  

There are many factors that can affect how far you should hit each golf club. These factors include the type of golf clubs you are using, golf balls, the playing conditions, your physical ability, and natural swing speed.

Wide variation in golfers distances

Distances between golfers will vary greatly. One golfer's 8-iron distance could be another golfer's 6-iron distance and so forth. But this does not mean that it 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 do I find my 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.

What is the average distance for each golf club?

Not all golf clubs produce the same distances. In fact, there are several factors that influence the total distance a club can achieve. These include: 

Loft

Different club faces have different unique angles. The steeper this angle, the more loft the club will be able to achieve. Drivers, for instance, are specifically designed to have great distance, with club faces that create an almost straight angle on both sides, resulting in a lower loft. Pitching wedges, on the other hand, have more pronounced angles that produce higher lofts. 

Swing speed 

The speed of your swing is an important factor in achieving greater distances. The higher your swing speed is, the more distance you will achieve. In fact, your distance can be increased by as much as three yards for each additional 1mph of swing speed. 

Distance

Your total distance will also depend on the type of club you use as well as your gender. In general, males are able to swing their clubs faster than females, hitting the ball to greater distances. However, women can achieve fantastic distances too, sometimes hitting even farther than men. 

Weather conditions

Strong wind can greatly affect the distances you are able to achieve with your club. What’s more, golf balls also tend to travel less distance in colder weather due to the fact that cold air creates more friction than warm air. Also, if your club and ball are cold, the transfer of energy between them will be less efficient, resulting in lower ball speed. 

Estimated beginner driver 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

Should a beginner golfer use a driver?

While you don’t have to use a driver to play golf as a beginner, having the right driver can give you a whole host of benefits if you’re just starting out. Drivers that are designed to be optimally forgiving for amateurs allow for greater loft and increased accuracy even in the case of mis-hits. 

Unfortunately, many beginner golfers tend to choose drivers that are far beyond their skill level, opting for the most expensive and high-end model. This is a mistake as these drivers are not nearly as forgiving as they should be for amateurs. Playing with an advanced driver will inevitably result in a greater number of mistakes which may greatly discourage and demotivate a beginner. 

What is the best golf driver for distance?

While there is no single beginner golf driver that is recommended for distance, there are drivers that are carefully designed to help amateurs find their own style of play. For example, the design of our new and improved Grenade 2 golf driver provides beginner golfers with consistency and confidence as it is meant to be accurate and forgiving, as well as extremely easy to hit. 

According to numerous beginner golf driver reviews of Grenade 2, it has great distance and allows amateurs to quickly find their own yardages. The driver also boasts an aerodynamic design which greatly reduces drag and breaks up the airflow, giving you more speed no matter what your swing style may be. 

Find confidence with the best golf driver for beginners in 2020

If you’re just starting to get into golf, finding a driver that is designed with beginners in mind can give you a great head start. At BombTech Golf, we offer premium quality clubs that both look and feel good in addition to providing great performance. 

We are so confident in the value and quality of our drivers that we offer a 60-day money-back guarantee to all of our customers. If you don’t like your new driver, just send it back, and we’ll give you a full refund, no questions asked. We also boast a secure payment system that protects your card information using encrypted SSL security.

Instead of worrying about what drivers senior golfers use or what your friends hit, just 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
    Gap100-104
    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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