Here’s an interesting fact: While PGA Tour pros hit their drives anywhere from 280 yards to 320 yards on average, and LPGA Tour pros hit their drives from 230 to 270 yards on average, most recreational golfers, according to Golf Digest, average somewhere around 195-205 yards with their drivers.
How to Know Which Golf Club to Use
|Club||Men’s Average Distance||Women’s Average Distance|
|6- iron||150 yards||130 yards|
|7 – iron||140 yards||120 yards|
|8- iron||130 yards||110 yards|
|9- iron||120 yards||100 yards|
According to Golf Digest, Tiger hits the driver an average of 285 yards with carry. His long irons (2- to 4-iron) range from 250 to 200 yards . His middle irons (5, 6, 7) range from 208 to 172 yards . His 8-iron travels 158 yards , and 9-iron flies 142.
If you tee the ball too low, you risk making contact with the top half of the ball at the point of impact. If you tee the ball too high, your clubface may strike the lower half of the ball, resulting in severe backspin or causing you to drive the ball high, resulting in less distance .
Two decades later, that Smart Distance is down to 244 yards. All hope isn’t lost for the older players, however. Players in the 60 + age bracket may hit it 43 yards shorter than their 21-30 year – old counterparts, but they average 49% fairways hit . That’s 10% higher than 21-30 year olds .
Often, mats have concrete or rubber underneath them. Depending on your swing, your club may come in contact with the underneath surface, and it can increase the speed of a club’s deterioration. It can especially hurt irons. Obviously, creating a divot is impossible when hitting off of mats without using a tee.
But as McIlroy pointed out post-round, once the shock factor wears off, he just has to adjust to his new numbers. “I mean, I was hitting little 7-irons from 155 yards at Riviera last week.
Don’t reach for the ball In fact, I tend to agree with Byron Nelson and Johnny Miller, who’ve said you can ‘t stand too close to it. To find your correct distance from the ball , get in your swing posture, and let your arms hang freely. Then bring your hands together. There’s where you should grip every club in the bag.
At its core, the median driving distance is 219.55 yards . Other club distances of note: the median 3-wood goes 186.89 yards , 7-iron clocks in at 133.48 yards and pitching wedge at a 73.97 mark.
“The highest it should ever be is with half of the ball above the top of the driver ,” says Foley. “The lowest is with the top of the ball slightly higher than the top of the club.”
In fact, swings often got the most distance with driver lofts at 9 degrees or less. (It’s still true that golfers who swing less than 80 mph would likely benefit from using drivers with 11 degrees of loft or higher .) Lower lofts can provide more energy transfer at impact because there’s less of an oblique angle.
The greater the mass of the clubhead and the great its speed, the farther the ball will go. Unfortunately, the greater the clubhead’s mass, the slower will be its speed at impact. One can’t swing a more massive ( heavier ) clubhead as fast.