## average club hitting distances

### average club hitting distances

Here's a dumb question for someone who doesn't know alot about golf.  What
are the average distances the various clubs will hit a ball.  I know it
depends a lot on the person doing the swinging, but I'm just looking for
average values.  Thanks for the info.

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### average club hitting distances

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>Here's a dumb question for someone who doesn't know alot about golf.  What
>are the average distances the various clubs will hit a ball.  I know it
>depends a lot on the person doing the swinging, but I'm just looking for
>average values.  Thanks for the info.

For me, I estimate the distance, subtract the estimated distance from
200, and then divide by 10 (it's not this complicated;  you learn to do
it quickly).  So, a 150 yard shot is a 5 iron, a 170 yard short is a 3
iron, etc.  OF COURSE this doesn't always work, and you shouldn't even
begin to think of this in terrms of a rule.  You must consider each
shot and club choice individually.  I think my distances are about
average for a novice male.  Better players will hit the ball farther.
My 5 iron is John Daly's Sand Wedge.
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### average club hitting distances

Well, I don't know about others, but the following are my full swing
yardages for balls hit out of a good, flat lie in the fairway:

Comfortably        Maximum
----------------------------------------------
Driver          240             270
(off the tee only)
out of the fairway -> might go anywhere, but probably low and right

3-wood          220             235

2-iron          210             220
3               200             210
4               190-            195
5               180             185
6               170-            175
7               160-            170
8               150             160
9               140+            150
pw              110             125
sw               80              95

Where 190- means a little less than 190, etc.

The first column is my normal full swing, the second is for when I for some
reason feel the need to hit a club really hard rather than take the next
club and hit it easier (Often a poor choice).  Balls hit off a tee with a
comfortable swing exhibit yardages more like those in the 2nd column.

These yardages also vary depending on playing for a draw, fade, keeping
it down out of the wind, taking it fat, squibbing it, sculling it,
chunking it, chili dipping, etc.  :-).

Most of the people with whom I play are also in this range...some
a little longer, some a little shorter, but not more than 10 yards either way.

The most important thing is to know your yardages, pick the correct club,
and hit the ball accurately.  The numbers stamped on the clubs you use don't
get recorded on the scorecard.

--Don Ramsey

### average club hitting distances

Quote:

>Here's a dumb question for someone who doesn't know alot about golf.  What
>are the average distances the various clubs will hit a ball.  I know it
>depends a lot on the person doing the swinging, but I'm just looking for
>average values.  Thanks for the info.

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>Paul Steele, Network Services Manager                  902-542-2201x660
>Acadia University, Computer Centre                FAX: 902-542-4364

I doubt that anyone knows the average. I would suggest that
a 7 iron might be 150 yards.
Add 10 yards for each lower club and subtract 10 for higher clubs

1W - 220
3W - 210
1  - 200
2  - 190
3  - 180
5  - 170
6  - 160
7  - 150
8  - 140
9  - 130
P  - 120

### average club hitting distances

Just out of curiosity, when people say "I hit my 5 iron about 175
yards," are they talking about on the fly, or are they including roll
(i.e., the total distance of the shot)?

### average club hitting distances

|> Well, I don't know about others, but the following are my full swing
|> yardages for balls hit out of a good, flat lie in the fairway:
|>
|>        Comfortably        Maximum
|> ----------------------------------------------
|> 8         150             160
|> 9         140+            150

looks like a rather large (and important) hole in your bag! :)

|> pw                110             125
|> sw                 80              95
|>

Here's mine

dr      240-260
4w      220-230
5w      200-210
2i      170-200 :-<
3i      190-195
4i      180-185
5i      170-175
6i      160-165
7i      145-155
8i      130-145
9i      115-130
pw       90-115
sw         -90

note the range on my short irons increases due to variances I can
make in face angle.  I try to stay on the short end of each range
so I can swing easier.  The 2i rarely comes out to play, except
occasionally off the tee.
--
Glenn R. Turk

(919)991-8593 ESN 294-8593
Bell Northern Research, RTP, NC

### average club hitting distances

|> |> Well, I don't know about others, but the following are my full swing
|> |> yardages for balls hit out of a good, flat lie in the fairway:
|> |>
|> |>          Comfortably        Maximum
|> |> ----------------------------------------------
|> |> 8           150             160
|> |> 9           140+            150
|>
|> looks like a rather large (and important) hole in your bag! :)
|>
|> |> pw          110             125
|> |> sw           80              95
|> |>

Yeah, it is.  I think the some of the difference between the pw and 9i is
partly my mental image of my swing with the wedge versus the 9i (and
other short irons).  I can't seem to make as full a swing with the
pw (or sw, for that matter) as I would like.  More often than not when
I try to make the same (or what I *think* is the same) kind of swing
with a wedge that I do with a 6-9 iron, I catch the ball thin, and it
comes out more or less the same distance but low and with no spin.  Not
usually productive, so I usually modulate the 9-iron down to 120 yards
or so.  It isn't really that difficult, since I do it the same way I modulate
the pw and sw.  Ideally, I would like to have one swing for most shots; alas,
such is golf.

In response to eric andrew wolfe's question about distance being on the fly
or with roll, the distances for all my irons were for on the fly, as those
are the distances I use to gauge myself to fly the ball to the pin from out of
the fairway.  Driver and 3w included some roll and were much looser
estimates of distances anyway, but since I hit the ball fairly high and on
courses with soft fairways, I don't get much roll.  When I played on a
course in Alabama a couple of summers ago with hard, red, very-hot-on-the-feet,
clay supporting a meager stand of grass a couple of summers ago, well, that
was a different story :-).  Didja ever play on asphalt?

--Don

### average club hitting distances

Just out of curiosity, when people say "I hit my 5 iron about 175
yards," are they talking about on the fly, or are they including roll
(i.e., the total distance of the shot)?

I think when people talk about distances on irons, they are referring to
shots hit into a green.  These shots will land with spin and hopefully
stop with very little roll.  If the shots land on a hard fairway, the
bounce and roll will add some distance.

Jason

### average club hitting distances

Quote:
>Just out of curiosity, when people say "I hit my 5 iron about 175
>yards," are they talking about on the fly, or are they including roll
>(i.e., the total distance of the shot)?

Total.  It's the distance you have to walk before you get
to hit it again.

--Blair
"...and again and again and again..."

### average club hitting distances

|> >Just out of curiosity, when people say "I hit my 5 iron about 175
|> >yards," are they talking about on the fly, or are they including roll
|> >(i.e., the total distance of the shot)?
|>
|> Total.  It's the distance you have to walk before you get
|> to hit it again.
|>

So that includes wandering back and forth in the rough trying to find
it, right?

--
Greg Garland - Alive, occupying space, and exerting gravitational force

MS 62-024, Harris Semiconductor Sector, PO Bx 883,

"Never let the facts interfere with your perception of reality."

### average club hitting distances

Quote:

>>Just out of curiosity, when people say "I hit my 5 iron about 175
>>yards," are they talking about on the fly, or are they including roll
>>(i.e., the total distance of the shot)?

>Total.  It's the distance you have to walk before you get
>to hit it again.

I don't think so.  I figure my iron distances by carry only.  I base my club
selection when between clubs on how far I HAVE to carry the ball -- I prefer
to hit a bit harder than a bit softer, since I'm more consistent that way.  For
example, when playing earlier today I had a par 3 of 180 yards with a slight
wind I figured was worth about a club.  There was water in front of and to the
left of the green, and the pin was cut front left, so I really had about 175
yards, putting me between a 7 and a 8 when I account for the wind.  I knew I
*had* to hit it 170 no matter what, but that would be pretty much how far I'd
hit an 8 if I'm with a wind that'll give an extra 10 yards, so I figured if I
hit a bit harder than normal I'll certainly be safe.

If I didn't know how far I hit my irons on the fly I wouldn't be able to figure
things out so exactly, and would probably have been forced to go with a 7-iron
just be sure I cleared the water.

Oh, in case you're wondering how the shot worked out, it kinda worked.  Landed
exactly pin high...in the rough to the right of the green, leading to a bogey,
thanks to my wonderful putting touch today...:-(

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