How Far Should Each Golf Club Hit the Ball
In today’s golf lesson we will be covering the distance each golf club should go based on it’s design and loft. We will cover all the different golf clubs in the bag one by one.
Your loft is important because it determines the launch angle of your golf ball. Irons typically are standard in terms of loft angle but you can adjust the shaft type to either extra stiff, stiff, regular, senior, or ladies.
If you have a slower swing speed, you typically need more help launching the golf ball which means you should find drivers and woods with higher degrees of loft to help you hit the ball farther.
And technique is also important. Swinging with proper form can help you make better contact and hit the ball farther. Here’s the proper golf swing sequence for reference
Let’s dive in to our review of how far you should hit each golf club based on the loft angle and swing speed you swing with that particular golf club.
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The first club in your golf bag, the driver, should be selected based on your swing speed. If you swing the driver 85 mph or less you should pick out a driver with more loft, such as 14 to 16 degrees.
An 85 mph swing speed will likely hit your driver around 220-230 yards.
Golfers who swing 95 to 105 mph can usually hit the golf ball 250 to 270 yards and should pick out a driver with 10 or 11 degrees of loft.
Professional golfers who can swing the driver 110 mph and above can hit drivers over 300 yards and they require lower lofted drivers such as a 7, 8, or 9 degree loft.
Fairway Woods Distances
Fairway woods are often numbered and the higher the number the more loft the wood has. Here’s a quick break down:
- 3 Wood = 14 or 15 degrees
- 4 Wood / 1 Iron = 16 degrees
- 5 Wood / 2 Iron = 18 degrees
- 7 Wood / 3 Iron = 22 degrees
- 9 Wood / 4 Iron = 26 degrees
We highlighted what club a fairway wood could replace in your bag if you tend to hit better shots with woods instead of irons.
For example, I’m not as good with my 4 iron, so I often choose to hit a hybrid club but other golfers may choose a 9 wood or 4 iron instead.
As far as distances you should hit your fairway woods, it will vary. Most male golfers can hit a fairway wood between 180 yards and 250 yards.
Women average between 100 yards and 190 yards with their fairway woods and the PGA Tour pro’s can hit woods 250 to 300+ yards.
It comes down to swing speed and ball striking.
The faster you can swing the club and more center it hits the face, then the farther you should be able to hit your woods.
PGA Tour players can swing their fairway woods in excess of 100 mph while LPGA women golfers tend to swing in the 90’s mph.
Average golfers may swing their fairway woods 80 mph to 95 mph.
Golf Irons Distances
Most golf iron sets start with a 4 iron and progress through a 9 iron. Some typical iron set brands you’ll hear about include Titleist, Taylormade, Callaway, and Wilson.
Here is a chart break down of the typical loft angle you’ll find on most iron sets:
- 4 iron = 26 (180-210 yards)
- 5 iron = 28 degrees (160 to 190 yards)
- 6 iron = 31 degrees (140 to 180 yards)
- 7 iron = 34 degrees (130 to 170 yards)
- 8 iron = 37 degrees (120 to 160 yards)
- 9 iron = 41 degrees (110 to 150 yards)
Again, these are example loft angles each of your golf irons might have but each set of clubs can vary. For example, here is the lofts you’ll find on the M2 Ladies Iron Set by TaylorMade.
For women golfer’s the distance chart might look more like the following with irons:
- 4 iron = 120-150 yards
- 5 iron = 110-140 yards
- 6 iron = 100-130 yards
- 7 iron = 90-120 yards
- 8 iron = 80-110 yards
- 9 iron = 70-100 yards
Golf Wedge Distances
In reality, your golf wedge distances don’t matter as much because these are your scoring clubs. Your goal is to master hitting them precise distances between 5 feet and 120 yards.
You may be able to swing a pitching wedge 120 yards max, but when you face a 70 yard wedge shot, you’ll have to learn how to hit a half swing pitch shot more so than learning to hit it maximum distance.
Here’s a quick summary chart:
- Pitching Wedge = 45 degrees loft
- Gap Wedge = 50 degrees loft
- Sand Wedge = 55 degrees loft
- Flop Wedge = 60 degrees loft
Most golf club sets will include a pitching wedge and gap wedge to cover the 100-130 yard distance for men and the 60-100 yard distance for women.
After that, you’ll select a chipping wedge or two such as the Titleist Vokey 56 degree and the 60 degree for flop shots.
Overall, review today’s charts for each of the different golf club types (Driver, Woods, Irons, Wedges) to get a general idea of the loft on the club and the distance that men and women golfers hit each club.
The higher the loft, the higher the ball should launch into the air to help it travel farther.
If you hit low drives or low fairway wood shots that don’t seem to be going as far as they should, consider picking out new clubs with higher loft.
This is one simple fix to help you hit your golf clubs farther. Otherwise, increase your swing speed, and improve your ball striking as we discussed in our recent article: The 4 Reasons You Don’t Hit the Golf Ball Very Far.
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