What Is the Average Distance With Each Golf Club?

By Teresa Justine Kelly


 

 

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.

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.

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.

Swing Speed

The faster your swing speed, the greater the distance.

 

Average Distances for Men

Club Short Hitter Mid Hitter Long Hitter
Driver 200 yds 230 yds 260 yds
3 Wood 180 yds 215 yds 235 yds
5 Wood 170 yds 195 yds 210 yds
3 Hybrid 163 yds 190 yds 205 yds
3 Iron 160 yds 180 yds 200 yds
4 Iron 150 yds 160 yds 170 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 274 - 284 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 289 - 361 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 105 yds 135 yds 170 yds
3 Hybrid 100 yds 125 yds 160 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 246 - 258 yds
3 Wood 195 - 217 yds
5 Wood 185 - 205 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

 

Loft Angle (Degree)

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 3-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. 

2 Wood 12 - 15 degrees
3 Wood 12 - 17 degrees
4 Wood 15 - 19 degrees
5 Wood 20 - 23 degrees

Irons, ranging from a 3-iron to a 9-iron, are primarily used for shots into greens for varying distances, with the loft increasing — therefore distance decreasing — with higher numbered irons.

1 Iron 15 - 18 degrees
2 Iron 18 - 20 degrees
3 Iron 21- 24 degrees
4 iron 25 - 28 degrees
5 iron 28 - 32 degrees
6 iron 32 - 36 degrees
7 iron 36 - 40 degrees
8 iron 40 - 44 degrees
9 iron 45 - 48 degrees

Wedges, including pitching, gap, sand or lob wedges, are primarily used for their ability to give maximum loft.

Pitching Wedge  41 - 46 degrees
Gap Wedge  48 - 52 degrees
Sand Wedge  54 - 56 degrees

 

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 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.

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