How Far Should You Hit Your Golf Clubs?

It’s a question that comes up quite regularly when talking about distance. Specifically, people ask how far should I hit my 7 iron, 3 wood, etc.

It’s by far the most important factor in achieving success on the course is understanding how far you hit each of your golf clubs. If you don’t know your distances, you’re just playing a game of guesses. Knowing the optimal distance for each club helps you make decisive shots and lower your score.

In this post, we’ll explore what affects golf club distances, how to know your yardages, recommended distances for different golf clubs, and tips for improving your golf club distance.

Factors That Affect Golf Club Distance

The main factors that determine how far your shots will go are:

  1. Clubhead speed: The faster the clubhead speed, the farther the ball will travel.
  2. Angle of attack: A steeper angle of attack will result in a lower trajectory and less distance.
  3. Spin rate: A high spin rate can cause the ball to lift and travel a shorter distance, while a low spin rate can cause the ball to travel farther.
  4. Ball compression: The compression of the ball refers to how much it is squished when it is hit.
  5. Club loft: The loft of a club refers to the angle of the clubface.
  6. Shaft flex: The flex of the shaft refers to how much it bends when the club is swung.

The two most influential factors in golf club distance are club head speed and loft. For example: Consider the loft of a Callaway Mavrik 7 iron at 27°, which is marketed as a super game improvement iron set. This is a much lower degree of loft when compared to the Mavrik Pro 7 iron at 30.5°.

Beginner or casual golfers have much slower swing speeds when compared to scratch golfers. This means that a scratch golfer can produce more distance from a 30.5° loft than an average golfer can produce with a 27° loft.

How to Measure Your Golf Club Distance

By measuring your golf club distances you can better understand how far each of your clubs goes. From there you can start to make adjustments to fine-tune your game. Here are a few ways to measure your golf club distances:

1. Use a golf launch monitor

A launch monitor is a device that measures the ball’s speed, spin rate, and trajectory as it leaves the clubface. This can give you an accurate measurement of your golf club distance.

2. Use a Golf GPS device

A GPS device can track the distance of your shots and give you an accurate measurement of your golf club distance.

3. Use a rangefinder

A rangefinder can help you dial in your distances with literal laser precision. These are a must-have on the range and the course and are the preferred option of all devices on the golf course.

4. Mark out a landing spot

If you do not have access to a launch monitor or GPS device, you can mark the landing spot of your shots and either walk off your distance, or use a measuring tape or rangefinder to measure the distance.

5. Keep track of your shots

Make notes of your shots and their distances so you can see patterns and trends in your distances for each club.

By measuring your golf club distance, you can identify which clubs you need to work on and make adjustments to your swing or club selection.

Recommended Distances For Different Golf Clubs & Skill Levels

Knowing the recommended distances for different golf clubs is crucial for making accurate shots and lowering your score. Here are some general guidelines for the distance you should be able to hit with each club:

Golf Club Distance Chart - Updated 2023

Recommended Yardages for Beginner Skill Level Golfers

Driver190 yards170 yards
3-wood170 yards150 yards
5-wood150 yards130 yards
Hybrid145 yards125 yard
2-iron145 yards125 yards
3-iron135 yards115 yards
4-iron125 yards105 yards
5-iron120 yards100 yards
6-iron115 yards95 yards
7-iron105 yards85 yards
8-iron95 yards75 yards
9-iron80 yards65 yards
Pitching Wedge70 yards60 yards
Gap Wedge60 yards50 yards
Sand Wedge55 yards40 yards
Lob Wedge40 yards35 yards

Recommended Yardages for Average Skill Level Golfers

Driver220 yards190 yards
3-wood210 yards170 yards
5-wood195 yards160 yards
Hybrid180 yards160 yards
2-iron180 yards155 yards
3-iron170 yards150 yards
4-iron160 yards140 yards
5-iron155 yards135 yards
6-iron145 yards125 yards
7-iron140 yards120 yards
8-iron130 yards110 yards
9-iron115 yards95 yards
Pitching Wedge100 yards85 yards
Gap Wedge90 yards75 yards
Sand Wedge80 yards65 yards
Lob Wedge60 yards45 yards

Recommended Yardages for Good Skill Level Golfers

Driver250 yards220 yards
3-wood225 yards200 yards
5-wood205 yards185 yards
Hybrid190 yards170 yards
2-iron190 yards170 yards
3-iron180 yards160 yards
4-iron170 yards150 yards
5-iron165 yards145 yards
6-iron160 yards140 yards
7-iron150 yards130 yards
8-iron140 yards120 yards
9-iron125 yards110 yards
Pitching Wedge110 yards100 yards
Gap Wedge100 yards90 yards
Sand Wedge95 yards80 yards
Lob Wedge80 yards60 yards

Recommended Yardages for Advanced Skill Level Golfers

Driver285 yards250 yards
3-wood250 yards225 yards
5-wood230 yards205 yards
Hybrid220 yards190 yards
2-iron210 yards190 yards
3-iron210 yards180 yards
4-iron195 yards170 yards
5-iron185 yards160 yards
6-iron175 yards150 yards
7-iron165 yards140 yards
8-iron155 yards130 yards
9-iron145 yards120 yards
Pitching Wedge135 yards110 yards
Gap Wedge120 yards100 yards
Sand Wedge110 yards90 yards
Lob Wedge100 yards80 yards

You can also see our other golf club distance charts for additional breakdowns on how far you should hit your golf clubs.

Tips for Improving Your Golf Club Distance

If you’re looking to improve your yardage with your clubs, there are a few key things you can do to increase your distance. Here are some tips:

1. Improve your swing mechanics

This is the foundation of your golf swing, and a proper swing technique will help you hit your ball farther. Focus on keeping your body in the right position, and make sure you’re using proper grip, stance, and alignment techniques to get the most out of your swing.

2. Generate more clubhead speed

The faster your clubhead is moving, the further your ball will go. I found that incorporating exercises that focus on upper body strength, such as pull-downs, squats and rotational exercises helped me get more clubhead speed.

3. Get better gear

Make sure you’re using clubs that are properly fitted for your swing and skill level and that have the correct flex and loft. I also recommend experimenting with different types of shaft flexes to find one that works best for your swing.

4. Play with the right golf ball

The right golf ball can make a big difference in your distance. I found that using a golf ball with low compression and designed specifically for distance helps me hit the ball farther.

5. Don’t skimp on your practice sessions

Practice regularly and focus on specific aspects of your swing that need improvement.

6. Get swing lessons/training

Sometimes, even with practice, we can’t see our own mistakes. A lesson from a professional can help you identify your faults and give you specific drills to try.

Wrap Up

Understanding how far you should hit each of your golf clubs is the most important factor for achieving success on the course. Above we have discussed what common factors that affect golf club distances, some methods to measure your own golf club distance, and some recommended distances for different golf clubs. We also shared some simple tips for improving your golf club distances. Note that improving your golf club distance takes time and practice, so be patient and don’t get discouraged if you don’t see immediate results.

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