Chart Showing Golf Club Distances

This chart lists the expected average golf club distances for each club based on varying swing speeds for men and women. Golf Club DistancesThe first number is for lower-speed swingers (less than 85 mph with the driver), followed by medium (86-104 mph) and high-speed (105+ mph) swingers. These figures may vary based on the golfer’s skill level, swing characteristics and other factors.

Club Men Yards
slow / med / fast
Women Yards
slow / med / fast
Driver 190 / 220 / 260 150 / 175 / 215
3-wood/1+ hybrid 170 / 200 / 225 125 / 150 / 180
5-wood/2 hybrid 160 / 190 / 215 115 / 140 / 170
3 iron/3-hybrid/7 wood 150 / 180 / 205 105 / 130 / 160
4-iron/4 hybrid/9 wood 140 / 170 / 195 95 / 120 / 150
5-iron/5 hybrid/11 wood 130 / 160 / 185 85 / 110 / 140
6-iron/6 hybrid/13 wood 120 / 150 / 175 75 / 100 / 130
7-iron/7 hybrid/15 wood 110 / 140 / 165 65 / 90 / 120
8-iron/8 hybrid/17 wood 100 / 130 / 155 55 / 80 / 110
9-iron/9 hybrid/19 wood 90 / 120 / 145 45 / 70 / 100
PW/PW hybrid/21 wood 80 / 110 / 135 35 / 60 / 90
GW/GW hybrid/23 wood 70 / 100 / 125 25 / 50 / 80
SW/SW hybrid/25 wood 60 / 90 / 115 20 / 40 / 70
LW/LW hybrid 40 / 70 / 95 15 / 30 / 60

The Basics of Golf Club Distances

The fundamental rule of golf club distances is pretty simple: Lower = Longer. To elaborate, the lower the club number, the longer the shots.

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For example, a 6-iron hits the ball father than a 7-iron, a 3-wood hits it farther than a 5-wood, and so on.

That’s the easy part. More difficult is figuring out how far you hit each club in your set. Emphasis on you.

While variations in length and loft between clubs are static, the differences from one golfer to another can be huge. In fact, the same golfer’s distances can change golf club distances over time as he becomes more skilled, stronger, older, etc.

What you really need to know is how far you hit each club right now. This is critical info, since it helps you decide which club to use for a given shot on the course. If you’re 130 yards from the flagstick, do you choose a 9-iron? A 5-iron? A 3-hybrid?

The number you’re after is carry distance, or how far the ball travels in the air, disregarding how many yards it rolls after landing. (Roll can vary greatly from course to course, or round to round, depending on the weather and firmness of the turf.)

It’s wise to calculate your average golf club distances with each club by hitting a series of 10 or more shots. It’s also important to know how far you hit your best shots – the ones you strike directly on the sweet spot.

There are several ways to determine how far you hit each club; combining these methods will give you the most accurate stats. Let’s examine the different tactics:


  • Launch monitor: This is the most scientific and accurate way to measure your distances, though you’ll likely have to pay for the privilege. Used by clubfitters as well as teaching pros, launch monitors take a snapshot of your swing at the all-important moment of impact. Among other data points, a launch monitor will calculate your clubhead speed, the angle at which the ball leaves the clubhead (launch angle), the ball’s spin rate and its carry distance.Many golf retail stores feature indoor hitting areas with launch monitors. Several companies sell portable units for personal use as well.
  • Driving range: To measure your yardages on the range, you’ll need a facility with several flags or distance markers that are accurately measured. It’s best to hit shots from a grass surface rather than a synthetic mat, too. If you can locate a range that uses relatively new golf balls – rather than beat-up balls which don’t fly as far – so much the better.Even with a good surface, decent balls and accurate yardage markers, you’ll have to estimate your shot distances based on how far short of or beyond the target they land. The farther the target and shot, the tougher it is to judge. Perhaps you can enlist a friend to help by noting each shot’s landing spot through binoculars or a rangefinder.Hit at least 10 shots with each club toward a specific target and write down the yardage each ball travels. It’s a good idea to exclude your longest and shortest results before taking the average.
  • On the course: When playing a round, make note of your distance to the flag or green on approach shots using the course’s fairway yardage markers, on-cart GPS units or your own hand-held GPSdevice or rangefinder . Record the club you hit for the shot, the quality of contact (i.e., good, fair, poor) and how far the shot carried. Remember, wind, rain, playing uphill or downhill and other factors can affect your distance, so it’s best to only record shots in calm conditions when you’re level with the target.

Once your average yardages become clear, you should notice a consistent difference in distances between clubs. For example, you might see 10-12 yards between each short iron, 12-15 between middle irons, etc… Knowing these figures is another critical factor in club selection.


Average golf club distances can vary significantly from one golfer to another due to differences in swing speed, technique, and playing conditions. However, here's a general guideline for expected average distances for each golf club based on an average golfer's performance:


  • Men: 230-260 yards
  • Women: 200-220 yards

3-Wood (or 3-wood equivalent hybrid):

  • Men: 210-230 yards
  • Women: 180-200 yards

5-Wood (or 5-wood equivalent hybrid):

  • Men: 190-210 yards
  • Women: 160-180 yards

Hybrids (2-6 hybrids):

  • Men: Vary depending on the loft and model, typically 160-200 yards
  • Women: Vary depending on the loft and model, typically 140-180 yards

Irons (based on a standard set of 3-9 irons):

  • 3-Iron: Men 180-210 yards, Women 150-180 yards
  • 4-Iron: Men 170-200 yards, Women 140-170 yards
  • 5-Iron: Men 160-190 yards, Women 130-160 yards
  • 6-Iron: Men 150-180 yards, Women 120-150 yards
  • 7-Iron: Men 140-170 yards, Women 110-140 yards
  • 8-Iron: Men 130-160 yards, Women 100-130 yards
  • 9-Iron: Men 120-150 yards, Women 90-120 yards

Pitching Wedge:

  • Men: 110-140 yards
  • Women: 80-110 yards

Sand Wedge:

  • Men: 90-120 yards
  • Women: 60-90 yards

Lob Wedge:

  • Men: 60-90 yards
  • Women: 40-70 yards

These distances are approximate and can vary depending on factors such as the golfer's swing speed, clubhead speed, ball type, course conditions (e.g., wind and elevation changes), and the quality of contact with the ball. It's important for golfers to determine their individual distances through practice and experience to make informed club selections on the course. Additionally, many golfers find value in getting a professional club fitting to optimize their club selection and distances.

Q&A on expected average golf club distances for each golf club:

Q1: What factors influence the distance I can achieve with each golf club? A1: Several factors influence your golf club distances, including your swing speed, technique, physical fitness, ball type, clubhead design, and playing conditions such as wind, temperature, and elevation changes.

Q2: Are the average distances provided for men and women standard, or can they vary? A2: The average distances provided for men and women are general guidelines. Distances can vary widely among individuals based on skill level, physical ability, and other factors. Some women may hit the ball farther than the average provided for men, and vice versa.

Q3: How can I determine my own golf club distances? A3: To determine your own golf club distances, spend time on the driving range or during practice rounds. Keep track of how far you hit each club consistently. This will help you develop a personal yardage chart based on your performance.

Q4: Can I improve my golf club distances through practice and proper technique? A4: Yes, practice and proper technique can lead to improvements in your golf club distances. Working on your swing mechanics, increasing flexibility, and gaining strength can all contribute to greater distance.

Q5: Why do hybrid clubs have varying distances based on loft? A5: Hybrid clubs have varying distances based on loft because higher-lofted hybrids (e.g., 4-hybrid) generate more trajectory and less distance, while lower-lofted hybrids (e.g., 2-hybrid) produce lower trajectory and more distance. The loft of the club affects launch angle and ball flight.

Q6: Should I expect consistent distances with my clubs, or will there be variations in my shots? A6: While you should strive for consistency, there will be natural variations in your shot distances due to factors like swing variability, lie conditions, and wind. It's essential to know your average distances but be prepared for some variability on the course.

Q7: Can equipment upgrades, such as new clubs or balls, affect my club distances? A7: Yes, equipment upgrades can potentially affect your club distances. New clubs with modern technology, proper shaft flex, and clubhead design may offer increased distance and accuracy. Balls with specific characteristics can also influence your shots.

Q8: How often should I update my yardage chart for club distances? A8: It's a good practice to periodically update your yardage chart for club distances. As your swing and physical abilities change over time, your distances may also change. Reevaluate your distances at least once a season or after significant swing changes.

Q9: Can I get a professional club fitting to optimize my club distances? A9: Yes, a professional club fitting can help optimize your club distances by ensuring that your equipment (clubhead design, shaft flex, etc.) is tailored to your swing characteristics. This can lead to more consistent and accurate distances.

Q10: Should I rely solely on distance or focus on accuracy and shot placement when choosing clubs on the course? A10: While distance is essential, accuracy and shot placement are equally important in golf. It's crucial to choose clubs that allow you to navigate the course effectively, considering hazards, green size, and pin placement. Balancing distance with accuracy is key to lower scores.

Remember that the provided average distances are just a starting point. Your individual performance and practice will ultimately determine the distances you achieve with each golf club.