What Is the Average Distance With Each Golf Club?

By Teresa Justine Kelly


 

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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:

Loft: 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.

 

Distance: 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.

 

Weather: 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.

 

Swing Speed: The faster your swing speed, the greater the distance that you can achieve.

 

Average Distances for Men

Club Short Hitter Mid Hitter Long Hitter
Driver 200 yds 230 yds 260 yds
2 Wood 190 yds 220 yds 245 yds
3 Wood 180 yds 215 yds 235 yds
4 Wood 175 yds 200 yds 200 yds
5 Wood 170 yds 195 yds 210 yds
1 Iron 180 yds 215 yds 235 yds
2 Iron 170 yds 195 yds 210 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
2 Wood 135 yds 160 yds 190 yds
3 Wood 125 yds 150 yds 180 yds
4 Wood 110 yds 145 yds 175 yds
5 Wood 105 yds 135 yds 170 yds
1 Iron 125 yds 150 yds 180 yds
2 Iron 105 yds 135 yds 170 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 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. 

2 Wood 12 - 15 degrees
3 Wood 12 - 17 degrees
4 Wood 15 - 19 degrees
5 Wood 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.

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, for pitching, sand or lobbing, are primarily used for their ability to get under a golf ball and give it maximum loft.

Pitching Wedge  47 - 53 degrees
Sand Wedge  54 - 58 degrees
Lob Wedge  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

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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