How Golf Distance Charts Can Help You Understand Your Skill Level And More

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Sometimes known as yardage charts, golf distance charts are a handy tool for any golfer hoping to improve their game. They show the average distance that can be hit with each club depending on which skill level is using it.

Golf is a science, composed of angles and power, meaning it’s easy to get lost in all the numbers. Which is why we have compiled all the numbers for you so that you can easily find the information you need.

How Golf Distance Charts Can Help You Understand Your Skill Level And More

Below you will find all the distance charts you will need depending on your age, gender, and your skill level. One thing to remember is that all of these charts show averages. As the saying goes, your mileage may vary!

Most good players develop their own distance chart to understand exactly how far each of their own clubs will travel.

Always remember, distance is only one aspect of golf. Plenty of long hitters can’t score well and many shorter hitters still play scratch golf despite their lack of distance.

ClubBeginnerAverageGoodExcellentPGA Tour
Driver190220250280296
3-wood170210225235262
5-wood150195205220248
Hybrid145180190210242
2-iron145180190215236
3-iron135170180205228
4-iron125160170195219
5-iron120155165185209
6-iron115145160175197
7-iron105140150165185
8-iron95130140155172
9-iron80115125145159
Pitching Wedge70100110135146
Gap Wedge6090100125135
Sand Wedge558095115124
Lob Wedge406080105113

Here is a rough guide on how to figure out what your skill level is.

  • Beginner: Self explanatory, usually people who are within their first few months of playing
  • Average golfer: 16-24 handicap
  • Good golfer: 8-16 handicap
  • Excellent golfer: below 8 handicap

A ‘handicap’ is the number of strokes a player is expected to make over par.

Related article: The Ultimate Guide To Average Golf Handicaps

Beginner Golfers

When starting out golfing it can be a bit overwhelming. New golfers all start with different skills and natural talents or physical traits. For example, junior, women, and senior players may not be able to hit the ball as far as young adult men.

This chart gives you a good idea of the distances a beginning player could be hitting the ball, and it may help you choose what club to use if you aren’t sure.

ClubBeginner’s Distance (yards)
Driver190
3-wood170
5-wood150
Hybrid145
2-iron145
3-iron135
4-iron125
5-iron120
6-iron115
7-iron105
8-iron95
9-iron80
Pitching Wedge70
Gap Wedge60
Sand Wedge55
Lob Wedge40

Average Golfers

This chart shows the average distance for male golfers.

ClubMen’s Average Distance (yards)
Driver220
3-wood210
5-wood195
Hybrid145
2-iron145
3-iron135
4-iron125
5-iron120
6-iron115
7-iron105
8-iron95
9-iron80
Pitching Wedge70
Gap Wedge60
Sand Wedge55
Lob Wedge40

Female Golfers

Female Golfers

Female golfers tend to hit shorter distances than male golfers, but don’t be disheartened by these numbers. It is shown that female golfers are more accurate than their male counterparts.

There are also the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) tour averages to compare.

ClubWomen’s Average Distance (yards)LPGA Tour Average (yards)
Driver200258
3-wood180228
5-wood170216
Hybrid170211
2-iron165206
3160199
4150190
5140182
6130172
712161
8110150
9100139
Pitching Wedge90128
Gap Wedge80117
Sand Wedge70108
Lob Wedge6097

Senior Golfers

Golf is inclusive for all ages and there is no point in which you can’t improve. For comparison there are also the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) TOUR Champions averages.

ClubSenior’s Average Distance (yards)PGA Tour Champions (yards)
Driver196279
3-wood173240
5-wood164227
Hybrid160222
2-iron156217
3-iron151209
4-iron145200
5-iron138191
6-iron130180
7-iron123169
8-iron114157
9-iron105146
Pitching Wedge97136
Gap Wedge89122
Sand Wedge82108
Lob Wedge7497

Swing Speed

The Trackman system or something similar is a great tool for tracking your swing speed. It is always good to track your speed as that is the main determiner of your distance.

This chart goes up to 150 mph but it is unlikely you will need those numbers. For reference the average swing speed in PGA Tour is around 115 mph.

All these distances are in yards.

Club60 mph70 mph80 mph90 mph100 mph110 mph120 mph130 mph140 mph150 mph
Driver (Total)155181206232258284310335361385
Driver (Carry)146170195219243268292316340365
3-wood130150175195215238259283303318
5-wood125145165185205225245265285305
Hybrid120140160180200220240260280300
2-iron118135155176194213233252271292
3-iron115130150170188207226245265284
4-iron110136145165180190208226245264
5-iron105120138155170185198215228247
6-iron10011513014516517518519208219
7-iron95105120135155165175185195210
8-iron85100115130145155165175190202
9-iron8090105120130145160175186197
Pitching Wedge7385100110120135145156167179

Ball Speed To Distance

This chart can be used to determine different driver ball speeds.

Ball Speed (mph)110120130140150160170180190200
Club Head Speed (Mph)77849198104111118125132138
Driver Carry181198241231247263280296313329

Driver Swing Speed

As previously stated, swing speed is the main factor in how far your ball goes. The more speed you put into your swing the more power you will gather. If you’re looking to improve your overall game this chart is a good place to start.

Skill LevelDriver Distance (yards)Swing Speed (mph)
Beginner19080
Average22094
Good240100
Excellent265110
PGA Tour Average275113
Women’s Average18077
LPGA Tour Average21894

Smash Factor

Smash factor is a relatively new golfing term but it can help immensely once you understand how to utilize it. The way you calculate it is by dividing your ball speed by your club speed.

The higher the smash factory the better the transfer of energy from your golf club. The ideal smash factor is 1.5.

Other Factors To Consider

As well as smash factor the loft of a golf club plays a part in how far you can hit a ball. The more loft a club has the less distance it will go. But what is loft? A loft is the angle created between the club face and the ground.

For comparison a driver will have a loft between 8 and 13 degrees. While a pitching wedge will have a loft from 45 degrees to 47.

You can calculate numbers all day but sometimes there are factors in play that you just can’t control, mainly weather. The optimal weather for a round of golf is a warm wind-less day. On a cold day your ball won’t go as far and wind can be both a benefit and a disadvantage.

While these are all useful tools they are not strict rules to follow. Remember to have fun!

David Shelly
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