Each golf club provides a different distance. Knowing the average length every golf club may travel is not impossible nowadays. We will show you the comprehensive golf club distance charts we compiled in this article.
But what do you think golf club distance charts are good for? Well, you better continue reading to find out.
We will also show you the golf club distance chart for beginners; for men and women golfers, PGA Tour players, and other skill levels. These charts show how far each club travels depending on skill, age, gender, swing speed, and other factors.
Golf Club Distance Charts (or Golf Club Yardage Charts)
Below are some chart guides (reference points) you can use to make you understand where your game sits. The golf club distance charts may help you determine the span a golf club may travel.
Many beginners will appreciate knowing these charts because they will now have a hint of what clubs to buy. But, as we reiterate, your distance may vary according to age, gender, skill, and other aspects.
1. Average distances for male golfers depending on skill
The table below gives average male golfers the distance they can achieve with their respective skills. Also, the range (distance) varies depending on the clubs used. The figures are only estimates from the experts. There are possibilities that you might exceed or lessen your distance due to some reasons.
|Driver||180 yards||220yards||250 yards||280 yards|
|3-Wood||170 yards||210yards||225 yards||235 yards|
|5-Wood||150 yards||195yards||205 yards||220 yards|
|Hybrid||145 yards||180yards||190 yards||210 yards|
|2-Iron||100 yards||180yards||190 yards||215 yards|
|3-Iron||100 yards||170yards||180 yards||205 yards|
|4 Iron||100 yards||160yards||170 yards||195 yards|
|5-Iron||120 yards||155yards||165 yards||185 yards|
|6-Iron||120 yards||145yards||160 yards||175 yards|
|7-Iron||110 yards||140yards||150 yards||165 yards|
|8-Iron||100 yards||130yards||140 yards||155 yards|
|9-Iron||90 yards||115yards||125 yards||145 yards|
|Pitching Wedge||80 yards||100yards||110 yards||135 yards|
|Gap Wedge||60 yards||90yards||100 yards||125 yards|
|Sand Wedge||55 yards||80yards||95 yards||115 yards|
|Lob Wedge||40 yards||60yards||80 yards||105 yards|
2. Average distance for lady golfers by skill level
Lady golfers usually hit the clubs with short distances than male golfers. Here is a table showing how women with different skills may fare using a variety of clubs.
|Type of Golf Club||Beginner||Average||Good||Outstanding|
|Driver||150 yards||175 yards||200 yards||230 yards|
|3-Wood||125 yards||150 yards||180 yards||210 yards|
|5-Wood||110 yards||140 yards||175 yards||200 yards|
|Hybrid||105 yards||135 yards||170 yards||195 yards|
|2-Iron||105 yards||135 yards||170 yards||190 yards|
|3-Iron||100 yards||125 yards||160 yards||185 yards|
|4-Iron||90 yards||120 yards||150 yards||180 yards|
|5-Iron||80 yards||110 yards||140 yards||170 yards|
|6=Iron||70 yards||100 yards||130 yards||160 yards|
|7-Iron||65 yards||90 yards||120 yards||150 yards|
|8-Iron||60 yards||80 yards||110 yards||140 yards|
|9-Iron||55 yards||70 yards||95 yards||130 yards|
|Pitching Wedge||50 yards||60 yards||80 yards||115 yards|
|Gap Wedge||45 yards||55 yards||70 yards||95 yards|
|Sand Wedge||40 yards||50 yards||60 yards||85 yards|
|Lob Wedge||35 yards||45 yards||50 yards||70 yards|
3. Average distances for Senior & Senior Pro golfers compared
The chart below shows the distance comparison between senior pro champions and ordinary senior players with average skills.
|Type of Golf Club||Ave. Distance-Senior (in yards)||Ave. Distance- Senior PGA Tour Titlists (in yards)|
|Pitching Wedge||97 yards||136 yards|
|Gap Wedge||89 yards||122 yards|
|Sand Wedge||82 yards||108 yards|
|Lob Wedge||74 yards||97 yards|
4. Average distance by Swing Speed
The table below shows the average carry distances, in yards, of various golf clubs at different swing speeds. You can use this table if you do not own or have access to a launch monitor or simulator.
|Type of Club||At 60 mph||At 70 mph||At 80 mph||At 90 mph||At 100 mph||At 110 mph||At 120 mph||At 130 mph||At 140 mph||At 150 mph|
5. Ball Speed to Distance Conversion Charts: Driver
The chart below estimates the club head speed and carry distances by a driver’s ball speed.
|Ball Speed (mph)||110||120||130||140||150||160||170||180||190||200|
|Club Head Speed (mph)||77||84||91||98||104||111||118||125||132||138|
6. Driver Swing Speed Chart by skill level
|Level of Skill||Driver Distance||Swing Speed|
|Beginner||190 yards||80 mph|
|Average||220 yards||94 mph|
|Good||240 yards||100 mph|
|Outstanding||265 yards||110 mph|
|PGA Tour Average||275 yards||114 mph|
|Women Average||180 yards||77 mph|
|LPGA Tour Average||218 yards||94 mph|
7. PGA Tour Golfers Average Golf Club Distance Charts
The chart below shows some of the best PGA Tour players’ average distance for each golf club.
|Type of Golf Club||Average Distance (yards)||Bryson De Chambeau||Dustin Johnson||Rory McIlroy||Tiger Woods||Jack Nicklaus||LPGA Tour Averages|
8. Bryson DeChambeau Club Distance Chart
The following table shows the stock yardages Bryson DeChambeau achieved during the RBC Heritage 2020 season.
The tournament was at the Harbor Town Golf Links in South Carolina, U. S. A. You may notice that DeChambeau leads in the distance on almost all club types than other pros like Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, and Dustin Johnson.
|Type of Club||Distance (in yards)|
Are These Golf Club Distance Charts Having Anything to Tell?
That is a good question! Maybe you have been guessing how far your 7- or 9-iron may carry or how long your pitching wedge travels. You may also wonder about the distance your hybrid may take.
These golf club distance charts hint at how long a club may travel with your present skill. Not only that! You will also have the chance to improve your game by going into a higher skill bracket.
Golf Club Distance Charts: Key Factors
Here are some fundamental aspects of how a golf club may achieve distance. These ranges reflect in the golf club distance charts in average values.
1. Swing speed
Your club head speed is the main culprit leading to less or longer distance. A golfer’s swing speed corresponds to the distance and they are directly proportional to each other: It follows that if you swing faster, you will achieve a longer carry yard.
2. The ball speed
The ball speed depends on your swing speed and the club loft, as we told you before.
3. Smash Factor
The smash factor (SF) is the mathematical calculation or ratio between your ball speed and club speed. The following is the formula for the smash factor:
SF = Ball speed ÷ Club speed
To illustrate: if you have a ball speed of 140mph and a club speed of 90mph, you will have a smash factor ratio of 1.55.
4. Equipment affects the distance
Yes, your equipment affects the distance when you hit the ball and not only your swing speed. The type of golf ball you use also affects ball speed resulting in long or short distances.
5. Skill level affects the distance
Your skill level has something to do with accuracy, location of impact, and the ball’s flight. If you have the skill, you can hit the ball accurately (non-mishits). Hitting the ball on the correct spot controls the flight and yields into longer carry distance.
The loft of the golf clubs has something to do with your distance. The higher the loft of your golf club, the least distance the ball travels. The table below compares the previous (1990) vs. the current (2022) lofts of golf clubs. Many club manufacturers are adopting the 2022 versions.
|Types of Club||Average Lofts (2022)||Average Lofts (1990)|
|Driver||8° – 13°||9° – 14°|
|3-Wood||13° – 15°||15° – 17°|
|5-Wood||20° – 23°||21° – 24°|
|2-Iron||18° – 20°||20° – 22°|
|3-Iron||21° – 24°||23° – 25°|
|4-iron||25° – 28°||28° – 30°|
|5-iron||28° – 31°||31° – 33°|
|6-iron||32° – 35°||35° – 37°|
|7-iron||36° – 38°||39° – 41°|
|8-iron||40° – 43°||43° – 47°|
|9-iron||45° – 48°||48° – 50°|
|Pitching Wedge||47° – 50°||51° – 54°|
Poor weather conditions, like strong winds, will affect the distance. When calculating distance in a headwind, add 1% of your expected distance for every 1mph of your swing speed. For example, a 100-yard shot into a 5mph wind will equate to 105 yards.
It is more convenient to play inside a dry golf course. When a golf course is dry, the ball will give you added roll, hence, more distance than a wet fairway.
What Distance Should I Use Each Club?
The chart below is the average yardage for amateur golfers (men and women) using different clubs. The distance ranges are for short, medium, and long hitters.
|Type of Club||Men (yards)||Women (yards)|
To give you a quick idea, the average driving distance (off the tee), for amateur golfers is 217 yards. For irons, it is 113 to 154 yards (from 9- to 4-iron). For wedges, the average distance ranges from 100 to 121 yards if you average 250 yards from the tee.
Average golfers hit their 7-iron at 145 yards. However, the range may vary from 128 to 160 yards depending on age, gender, and skill.
A male golfer aged 75 can hit a 7-iron at an average distance of 128 yards.
Leisure golfers, on average, can hit a gap wedge at 103 yards. But the range may vary between 90 yards and 120 yards.
Distance has something to do with lowering your score in golf. You will be more successful in the game with a low score.
Knowing how you improve in the game by comparing distance with the average, senior, intermediate, and pro golfers: you should also know how to interpret a golf club distance chart.
The charts may not have absolute values: but at least you can have a gauge to measure your skill and confidence.
Matt Stevens is the founder of Golfrough.com. He holds a Postgraduate in Sports Marketing and has played golf since he was four years old. Having experienced every high and low golf has to offer, his writing helps the average golfer avoid the mistakes he has made in 28-years on the course.