Category: Golf Club

What are the average distances for each golf club?

Golf rules dictate that you may only carry a maximum of 14 clubs for a round of golf. You will normally have a driver, a fairway wood or two, possibly a few hybrids, your irons, wedges, and a putter. What this means is that you have to understand each club in your arsenal and know the distance they can deliver.

The distance a golfer hits the various clubs will differ from player to player. The quality, weighting, loft, and other club factors will also play an important part.

On average, men hit further than women so we do make a distinction. There are obviously exceptions and men are often out-driven by skilled lady golfers.

The averages vary according to which report or study you look at but this is the approximate average for each club. It is important to note that these average distances relate to golfers with some experience so beginners are not likely to achieve these averages.

Driver 230 yards

3-wood 210 yards

5-wood 195 yards

2-iron 190 yards

3-iron 180 yards

4-iron 170 yards

5-iron 160 yards

6-iron 150 yards

7-iron 140 yards

8-iron 130 yards

9-iron 120 yards

Pitching wedge 110 yards

Sand wedge 90 yards

Lob wedge 65 yards

How do I measure the length of a Golf Club?

If you often work with your own golf clubs, measuring their lengths accurately is extremely important.  It is a preliminary step in many club-making techniques, so be sure to get this right!

Measuring different types of golf clubs requires an understanding of what we are actually measuring.  In today’s terminology, the “length” of a golf club is not the length of the shaft, but the length of the shaft and the club-head combined.  Essentially, we are measuring from the sole (bottom) of the golf club (while it is sitting completely flat) to the end of the grip.

How do I measure the length of a golf club?
How do I measure the length of a golf club?
How do I measure the length of a golf club?

The first step in measuring a golf club is to rest the club completely flat on the ground. When I say “flat” I mean that the contact point of the club to the ground should be in the middle of the club’s sole.

In other words, neither the toe nor the heel of the club should be lifted in the air. The pictures below represent how you should rest the club against the yard stick while measuring.

Measure to the end of the grip, and this is your “effective length.”

However, there is no sure-fire way to measure the length of a putter due to all the different putter neck types.  Generally, you should measure your putter using the same method as above, except instead of placing the ruler at the heel of the putter, direct it through the center of the putter’s sole.

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