Key Factors to Achieve Golf Club Distance
The total distance achieved by a golf club is based on several factors: the loft achieved, the carry distance achieved (Note: The carry distance is the yardage from the point of impact to the point of landing.), the weather conditions and your swing speed:
: Each club face has a unique angle. The more angle on the club face, the greater the potential loft of the club. For example, a driver is designed for distance, so the club face is almost straight up and down. This causes only an 8-13 degree loft. In comparison, a pitching wedge is designed for loft, so the club face is more parallel to the ground, with a 47-53 degree loft.
: According to Golfmentor.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 which causes them to hit the ball farther. However, many women are long hitters, with some LPGA pros hitting the ball as far, or farther, than men on the course.
: The distance achieved can be greatly affected by the weather conditions. Hitting a ball into a strong wind can greatly influence the loft and the distance achieved.
: The faster your swing speed, the greater the distance that you can achieve.
Drivers are designed to maximize the ball's carry distance, so a driver's loft angle ranges from 8 to 13 degrees, depending on the specific brand or model of driver.
Woods, ranging from a 2-wood to a 5-wood are also used for distance, but their loft angle is slightly greater than a driver. This angle provides the golfer with distance, with a little more loft than a driver.
||12 - 15 degrees
||12 - 17 degrees
||15 - 19 degrees
||20 - 23 degrees
Irons, ranging from a 1-iron to a 9-iron are used for distance with the larger numbered irons being used for their ability to get loft for a ball.
||15 - 18 degrees
||18 - 20 degrees
||21- 24 degrees
||25 - 28 degrees
||28 - 32 degrees
||32 - 36 degrees
||36 - 40 degrees
||40 - 44 degrees
||45 - 48 degrees
Wedges, for pitching, sand or lobbing, are primarily used for their ability to get under a golf ball and give it maximum loft.
|| 47 - 53 degrees
|| 54 - 58 degrees
|| 58 - 62 degrees
Tip: Chart Your Distances for All Your Clubs
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 golfwrx.com