Golf Club Distance


Here's an interesting fact: While PGA pros hit their drives anywhere from 280 yards to 320 yards on average, and LPGA pros hit their drives from 230 to 270 yards on average, most amateurs - according to Golf Digest - average somewhere around 195-205 yards with their drivers.

The moral of that story? Don't compare yourself with the world's best players. Although some recreational players do outhit the pros, they are rare and you probably aren't one of them.

You'll quickly get an idea of whether you are a "long" hitter or "short" hitter by simply playing golf and comparing yourself to those you play with. There's no shame in being a short hitter, and being a long hitter doesn't guarantee anything, and certainly not a lower score.

And of course, hitting the ball far doesn't matter at all if you can't also hit it straight.

But you didn't click on this topic to read all this, did you? You want those yardages, darn it! OK, we'll give you some yardages, but consider everything you've read to this point to be caveats on this subject.

The yardages listed in the chart below show a range for average amateurs, both male and female. As you'll see, the ranges are quite large, and represent short hitters, mid hitters and long hitters. (There are, of course, people who hit it longer, just as there are people who hit it shorter.)


Club Men Women

Driver

200-230-260

150-175-200

3-wood

180-215-235

125-150-180

5-wood

170-195-210

105-135-170

2-iron

170-195-210

105-135-170

3-iron

160-180-200

100-125-160

4-iron

150-170-185

90-120-150

5-iron

140-160-170

80-110-140

6-iron

130-150-160

70-100-130

7-iron

120-140-150

65-90-120

8-iron

110-130-140

60-80-110

9-iron

95-115-130

55-70-95

PW

80-105-120

50-60-80

SW

60-80-100

40-50-60

There is a greater gap, percentage-wise, between the longer and shorter women than there is between the longer and shorter men because better women players tend to be significantly longer than weaker women players. Especially compared to men. A male player who shoots 110 might be just as long as a guy who shoots 80. That is extremely unlikely in female players, however.

A final caveat: You can find charts such as this one on other sites around the Web. And if you do, one thing you'll notice is that the numbers rarely, if ever, match up. Because golf club distance depends more on the player than on the clubs.