Ultimate Guidance to Golf Club Distance

To strike high-quality golf shots, comprehending your club distance is essential. Even a flawless shot might suddenly result in a double bogey or worse if you use the wrong club. You should record the stock yardage for each club. You may even make use of it while playing golf or use it to decide whether to use an “easy” 8-iron or a “full” 9-iron.

Are you a long or a short golfer? We are not discussing your height. How far do you typically hit your various clubs, and how does that stack up against PGA Tour pros? Below, we go into further information on this subject. Ever question whether you are striking your clubs at the “proper” distance? We know the answers, so there’s no need to wonder again!

Average Distances Of Different Clubs

Since we mentioned “ultimate guidance,” let’s start with your longest clubs and work our way down your golf bag.

Average Woods Club Distance

The majority of golfers carry two to four woods in their bag. Everyone owns a driver and a fairway wood, at the absolute least. The most common wood used by players is a 3-wood, while some also use a 5-wood and/or a 7-wood. These are the clubs in your set that travel the furthest.

Average Driver Distance

Let’s start by examining the “big dog’s” typical distance! On most par 4s and par 5s, you tee off with this club. Let it fly by, tying it up high! 

  • PGA Tour Players: 300 yards
  • Male Golfers: 230 yards
  • Female Golfers: 170 yards
  • Senior Golfers: 195 yards

Average Fairway Wood Distance

The longest club you utilize off the ground in your bag is a fairway wood (you tee up your driver). Many players will use a fairway wood off the tee on a constrained and/or brief par 4. We’ll concentrate on the most typical fairway wood, the 3-wood, for these distances:

  • PGA Tour Players: 265 yards
  • Male Golfers: 220 yards
  • Female Golfers: 150 yards
  • Senior Golfers: 175 yards

Average Hybrid Distance

The hybrid golf club belongs to a separate class. By looking at the name, you may definitely infer that it combines a fairway wood with an iron. A 3-hybrid is made to travel the same distance as a 3-iron if you have one. Your 3-iron would be replaced by it; you wouldn’t carry both.

  • PGA Tour Players: 225 yards
  • Male Golfers: 190 yards
  • Female Golfers: 130 yards
  • Senior Golfers: 150 yards

Average Iron Distance

The clubs that demand the most dexterity are your irons. If you want to hit greens in regulation and make birdies, you must choose the right iron. The typical iron distances for men are listed here. The ideal distance between your clubs should be between 10 and 15 yards. An excessive gap is undesirable.

  • 3 Iron Distance: 185 yards
  • 4 Iron Distance: 175 yards
  • 5 Iron Distance: 165 yards
  • 6 Iron Distance: 155 yards
  • 7 Iron Distance: 145 yards
  • 8 Iron Distance: 135 yards
  • 9 Iron Distance: 125 yards

Average Wedge Club Distance

The majority of golfers keep 3–4 wedges in their bags. More wedges give you more alternatives once you’re close to the green because wedges are classified by their loft. Use a pitching wedge, gap wedge, sand wedge, and lob wedge, as appropriate.

Pitching Wedge

This is the longest wedge and has a loft at about 48 degrees. It should ideally travel a little bit shorter than your 9-irons.

  • PGA Tour Players: 140 yards
  • Male Golfers: 115 yards
  • Female Golfers: 100 yards
  • Senior Golfers: 110 yards

Gap Wedge

The “gap” wedge is made to fit in the space left by your pitching and sand wedges. Usually, the loft is 52 degrees.

  • PGA Tour Players: 125 yards
  • Male Golfers: 100 yards
  • Female Golfers: 90 yards
  • Senior Golfers: 95 yards

Sand Wedge

The sand wedge was initially developed to help golfers escape from bunkers, but once they’re close to the green, most players also hit it “full” from the fairway. A sand wedge normally has a loft of 56 degrees.


  • PGA Tour Players: 110 yards
  • Male Golfers: 90 yards
  • Female Golfers: 75 yards
  • Senior Golfers: 80 yards

Lob Wedge

The shortest club in your bag is a lob wedge (not counting your putter). It may be used from the fairway but was previously employed to hit various chip shots around the green. A lob wedge’s loft is normally 60 degrees or higher (you can get one with 64 degrees of loft).

  • PGA Tour Players: 95 yards
  • Male Golfers: 75 yards
  • Female Golfers: 55 yards
  • Senior Golfers: 65 yards

Factors Affecting Golf Club Distance

Golf club distance is affected by a number of variables. The top four are listed below.

1. Loft

The club’s loft is the most crucial element. While your lob wedge has more than 60 degrees of loft, your driver only has 10 degrees. This explains why your lob wedge will only fly 75 yards when you hit your driver 250 yards or more. Different lofts are built into golf clubs to provide you with options on the course. The objective is to choose the proper club (loft) for the shot you must play.

2. Swing Speed

Although your golf swing doesn’t alter the club’s loft, it affects how far the ball travels. A PGA professional can hit a driver 300 yards. However, you can only hit the same club 240 yards due to your slower swing speed. Swing speed is a key aspect in this equation, but consistent, firm contact is also important.

3. Weather

Golf isn’t practiced in a dome; weather conditions can greatly impact how far your clubs travel on average. A significant variable that affects golf club distance is the wind. Your distance will also be shortened by the rain. The temperature is the last aspect of the weather you should think about. When it’s warm instead of frigid, your shots will travel further.

4. Elevation

Your average golf club distance will depend on where you are playing. If you play golf on a sea-level course instead of the Colorado Rockies, the golf ball will travel much farther. You must consider all of these considerations when choosing a club because golf may quickly become quite complicated.

Do Your Average Club Distances Matter?

Although hitting your driver 300 yards helps, does it really matter whether your 7-iron travels 180 yards or 130 yards? “Not really,” is the response. Too many golfers believe that the greatest way to get better is to hit the ball farther and harder, yet long & incorrect just results in more shots going out of bounds. Consistency, not distance, is the secret to excellent golf.

Does it matter which club you hit or who hits it closer to the hole if you and your opponent have an approach shot from 150 yards away during a match? You will win the hole if you hit a 6-iron to five feet from the pin while your opponent smashes an 8-iron into a sand trap.

Is it crucial that you comprehend the distances used by your club? Yes! Do you need more distance to improve? No! Watch your scores start to fall as you become more consistent with your ball striking. Good luck and fair play!




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