Ever wonder how far the typical golfer hits his/her clubs?
Guess what? You’re in luck!
Here’s a simple golf distance chart I made, based on information from Jeff Summitt’s The Modern Guide to Golf Clubfitting:
As you can see, the distances aren’t exactly “Tour-like”. That’s OK, though, because no matter how far you hit the ball with each club, knowing how far you carry each of them can still go a long ways towards scoring better.
Just think of it this way: so what if you “only” carry your 8 iron 127 yards? At least you know how far it goes. That’s a powerful bit of information to have.
When you find yourself at the 127ish mark, you don’t have to guess. When you guess, indecision and doubt creep in. When that happens, hitting the ball with confidence tends to go by the wayside.
You start thinking things like:
- What if I come up short?
- What if I hit it too long?
- Is this really 127 yards?
As an aside, this is as good a time as any to plug rangefinders I sell the over at the Green Lantern Golf Store.
Confidence is a big deal in golf. When you know for a fact you have 127 yards to the green, you pull that 8 iron with confidence, knowing without a shadow of a doubt that it’s the right club for the job. No guessing, no worrying about being too long or too short.
Maybe this golf distance chart doesn’t exactly apply to you. That’s OK, because it’s a good baseline. If you’re swinging your driver at 90mph, you only have to add a few extra yards to each club.
Since the swing lessons in this blog aren’t necessarily aimed at those with above-average skill, it’s beyond the scope of this post to get into those numbers. I’m more about helping beginners and “green” golfers get up to speed. Maybe in the future, that’ll get resolved, but for now, no.