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Player/Yardage Comparison Table - See Below

I have an 18 handicap. How far should I be hitting my 6-iron? How far do most people hit a lob wedge? How far does a pro hit a 3-iron? I’m in my late fifties, how far should I be driving the ball?

Questions about yardage expectations are among those we receive most at GCR - from our own testers as well as everyone else. Almost every player wants to know how he compares to others. In response, we have devised the master chart seen below.

Human beings cannot be placed into easy and convenient groupings, but we have attempted to do it, nonetheless. Please remember that the distance categories listed below are just for general reference. They represent only the ranges of yardages that various segments of the playing population might reasonably expect to generate – on average.

In reality, performance levels vary endlessly for all age groups and sexes. Senior standout, Jim Dent, can knock the ball well past strong players who are thirty years his junior. Nick Faldo hits a 4-iron about the same distance as Charles Howell III hits an easy 7-iron, though Nick is a much larger and stronger man. Some part-time hackers can hit for great distances while some highly skilled low-handicappers of the same age and physical type hit for much shorter distances.

When a player calculates his (or her) own hitting averages, he will need to use his range of average hits, not his very best hits. Very best and very worst results should be thrown out of the equation. Most people, especially males, tend to ignore their poor shots and just recall their finest efforts. Consequently, they pull a six-iron from their bag when they should be pulling their five- or four-iron. The shot comes up short and they say, "But I can hit my six-iron 170 yards!". That is just what they can do – two times out of ten attempts. The other eight times, the shot will be ten to twenty yards shorter. For every ten hits with a particular club, the two worst and the two best hits should be tossed out.

A final note: Six elements combine to create maximum distance: 1.) Proper Technique 2.) Fine Athleticism 3.) Good Conditioning 4.) Appropriate Equipment 5.) Gender/Hormones and 6.) Youth. If you don't like where your own, personal averages appear on this chart, you can always improve upon three, maybe four, of the six elements listed above.

 

YARDAGE COMPARISON TABLE
Typical Ranges in Yardage
Lob Wedge thru Driver
(Ranges of Female Yardage – See Below)
 

  Very Short      Short         Moderate        Average        Long         Very Long

                                         

Male Touring Pros  >

                                 

Low-Hdcp Males 18-47 yrs

   
                       

Average Males 18-47 yrs

             
               

High-Hdcp Males 18-47 yrs

                   
                   

Mid-age, Mid-Hdcp 48-62 yrs

                 
           

Older, Mid-High Hdcp  63-77 yrs

                       

Elderly Males  Over 77 yrs

                                 

Very Short

Short

Moderate

Average

Long 

Very Long

LW
up to 30

LW
30 - 50

LW
45 - 60

LW
60 - 75

LW
70 - 90

LW
95+

SW
up to 40
SW
55 - 75
SW
70 - 92
SW
89 -100
SW
100 -110
SW
115+
PW
up to 55
PW
80 - 95
PW
90 -112
PW
110 -121
PW
122 -135
PW
137+ 
9-iron
up to 65
9-iron
89 -105
9-iron
100 -122
9-iron
120 -132
9-iron
135 -147
9-iron
149+
8-iron
up to 75 
8-iron
98 -115
8-iron
110 -132
8-iron
131 -143
8-iron
146 -159
8-iron
162+
7-iron
up to 85
7-iron
107 -125
7-iron
120 -142
7-iron
142 -154
7-iron
157 -170
7-iron
175+
6-iron
up to 95
6-iron
116 -135
6-iron
130 -152
6-iron
153 -165
6-iron
168 -181
6-iron
187+
5-iron
up to 105
5-iron
125 -145
5-iron
140 -162
5-iron
164 -176
5-iron
179 -192
5-iron
199+
4-iron
up to 115
4-iron
134 -155
4-iron
150 -172
4-iron
175 -187
4-iron
190 -203
4-iron
210+
3-iron
up to 125
3-iron
143 -165
3-iron
160 -182
3-iron
186 -198
3-iron
200 -214
3-iron
220+
5-wood
up to 145
5-wood
150 -175
5-wood
170 -195
5-wood
192 -218
5-wood
213 -240
5-wood
240+
3-wood
up to 155
3-wood
160 -190
3-wood
185 - 210
3-wood
205 - 235
3-wood
230 - 255
3-wood
260+
Driver
up to 175
Driver
180 -220
Driver
215 -245
Driver
235 -270
Driver
255 -285
Driver
285+
Very Short

Short

Moderate

Average

Long

Very Long

                       

LPGA Players

         
               

Low-Hdcp Females

  16 to 45 yrs

       
     

Mid-Hdcp Females

16 to 45 yrs

                 
 

High-Hdcp Females

  16 to 45 yrs                      
   

  Mid-Age Mid-Hdcp

 46 - 62 yrs

                     

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