What Is the Average Distance With Each Golf Club?

By Teresa Justine Kelly

Golfer pulling driver out of club bag

The average distance golfers hit each club varies widely. A PGA Tour player hits a 7-iron between 172-215 yards. Meanwhile, a short-hitting amateur male golfer averages 120 yards with the same club.

According to the USGA, golf’s governing body in the United States, the average male amateur golfer hits driver 217 yards, as recently as 2019. That same year, the PGA Tour average driving distance was 293.9 yards. Men, women, seniors, juniors, professionals, amateurs and beginners all hit their clubs different distances. The following golf club distance charts break down the average distances of golfers at many different levels of the game.

Contents

Average Distances for Men

Average Distances for Women

Average Distances for PGA Tour Players

Average Distances for LPGA Players

Average Distances for Senior Tour Players

Loft Angle (Degree) for Club Types

Average Distances for Women

Average Distances for PGA Tour Players

Average Distances for LPGA Players

Average Distances for Senior Tour Players

Key Factors to Achieve Distance

The total distance achieved by a golf club is based on several factors, including swing speed, the club’s loft, the carry distance achieved (Note: The carry distance is the yardage from the point of impact to the point of landing.), and even the weather.

Swing Speed

The faster your swing speed, the greater the distance. According to TrackMan, the average PGA Tour player has a driver club speed of 113 MPH, resulting in a 275 yard carry. Meanwhile, LPGA Tour players average 94 MPH with driver, and carry the ball 218 yards. 

Since we know that amateur male golfers hit driver an average of 217 yards, we can infer that average male golfers and LPGA Tour players have similar swing speeds, making the LPGA Tour average distances with each club a good benchmark for average amateur male golfers.

Loft

Each club face has a unique loft. For example, a driver is designed for distance and usually has only 8-13 degrees of loft. In comparison, a pitching wedge is designed to get airborne, with 41-46 degrees of loft.

RELATED: Loft and Length of Every Golf Club, and How to Measure Them

Distance

According to thegolfmentor.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 and hit the ball farther. However, many women are long hitters, with some LPGA pros hitting the ball as far, or farther, than men.

Weather

Distance can be greatly affected by the weather conditions. Hitting a ball into a strong wind will greatly influence distance, and a dry golf course will give you more roll, and therefore more distance, than a soggy course.

Average Distances for Men

Club Short Hitter Mid Hitter Long Hitter
Driver 200 yds 217 yds 260 yds
3 Wood 180 yds 205 yds 235 yds
5 Wood 170 yds 195 yds 210 yds
7 Wood 160 yds 185 yds 200 yds
3 Hybrid 163 yds 190 yds 205 yds
3 Iron 160 yds 180 yds 200 yds
4 Iron 150 yds 170 yds 180 yds
5 Iron 140 yds 160 yds 170 yds
6 Iron 130 yds 150 yds 160 yds
7 Iron 120 yds 140 yds 150 yds
8 Iron 110 yds 130 yds 140 yds
9 Iron 95 yds 115 yds 130 yds
Pitching Wedge 80 yds 105 yds 120 yds
Sand Wedge 60 yds 80 yds

100 yds

Lob Wedge 50 yds 70 yds 90 yds

Average Distances for Senior Tour Players

Club Average Distance
Driver 260 - 310 yds (Tour Average: 281 yds)
3 Wood 230 - 239 yds
5 Wood 218 - 226 yds
3 Iron 201 - 208 yds
4 Iron 192 - 199 yds
5 Iron 184 - 191 yds
6 Iron 173 - 180 yds
7 Iron 163 - 169 yds
8 Iron 151 - 157 yds
9 Iron 140 - 145 yds
Pitching Wedge 129 - 134 yds

Average Distances for PGA Tour Players

Club Average Distance
Driver 285 - 321 yds (Tour Average: 299.8 yds)
3 Wood 243 - 304 yds
5 Wood 230 - 288 yds
3 Iron 212 - 265 yds
4 Iron 203 - 254 yds
5 Iron 194 - 243 yds
6 Iron 183 - 229 yds
7 Iron 172 - 215 yds
8 Iron 160 - 200 yds
9 Iron 148 - 185 yds
Pitching Wedge 136 - 170 yds

Average Distances for Women

Club Short Hitter Mid Hitter Long Hitter
Driver 150 yds 175 yds 200 yds
3 Wood 125 yds 150 yds 180 yds
5 Wood 115 yds 135 yds 170 yds
3 Hybrid 105 yds 130 yds 165 yds
3 Iron 100 yds 125 yds 160 yds
4 Iron 90 yds 120 yds 150 yds
5 Iron 80 yds 110 yds 140 yds
6 Iron 70 yds 100 yds 130 yds
7 Iron 65 yds 90 yds 120 yds
8 Iron 60 yds 80 yds 110 yds
9 Iron 55 yds 70 yds 95 yds
Pitching Wedge 50 yds 60 yds 80 yds
Sand Wedge 40 yds 50 yds 60 yds
Lob Wedge 35 yds 45 yds

50 yds

Average Distances for LPGA Tour Players

Driver 240 - 280 yds
3 Wood 195 - 217 yds
5 Wood 185 - 205 yds
7 Wood 174 - 195 yds
4 Iron 170 - 181 yds
5 Iron 161 - 173 yds
6 Iron 152 - 163 yds
7 Iron 141 - 154 yds
8 Iron 130 - 143 yds
9 Iron 119 - 132 yds
Pitching Wedge 107 - 121 yds

Tip: Chart Your Distances for All Your Clubs

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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.

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 pgatour.com, lpga.com, TrackMan.com and golfwrx.com.

About the Author

Teresa Kelly graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. She was an editor for seven years for several magazines and publishing houses. Kelly is an avid golfer, a well-known children's book and golf author, and is currently the president of Highview Press/Golfing Lady that produces all occasion golf greeting cards.