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The hitting distances in golf

Golf ‐ The hitting distances in golf |

The distance of a golf shot depends not only on the type of club or the ability of the player, but also on the conditions prevailing on the course. These include wind, humidity and temperature. The following values are average values categorized by player type:

Club Amateur Semi-Pro Pro
Driver 190 220 250
Wood 3 170 200 230
Wood 5 150 170 210
Iron 3 150 170 210
Iron 4 140 160 200
Iron 5 130 150 190
Iron 6 120 140 170
Iron 7 110 130 160
Iron 8 100 120 140
Iron 9 90 110 130
Pitching Wedge 80 100 120
Gap Wedge 70 90 110
Sand Wedge 50 70 90
Lob Wedge 30 50 70

Dependence of clubs to lengths

If you have already left one or the other place, you have a clear idea of how the individual clubs affect the range. Of course it's important that you hit the ball well. Continuity is the most important thing in golf. This can only be achieved with a lot of training on and off the course.

But if you know your lengths, you can play any course with success and fun. You have the possibility to play a par-5 hole in regulation without any problems.

Let's say you're standing right at this hole. A par-5 of about 580 m length. The hole is pretty straight (has no dogleg to the right or left). Only a forest at the right edge of the hole for the first 200 meters. After another 100 meters the hole gains height and one bunker on the right and one on the left can be seen. At the end of the hole there is a large wide but flat bunker on the right side in front of the green.The green itself is rather small compared to the bunker.

Tactics and brains

At the tee you always have the possibility to have a closer look at the hole and to prepare a possible tactic. Or you can just make a shot and see what happens ;)

I prefer to play with my head and depending on the hole and the weather I will put together a tactic. This tactic doesn't have to mean that you have to deliver the longest shot of your life. No, you have to put together a tactic that corresponds to your strokes. That's why it's so important that you know your widths on all the clubs in the bag.

Split the hole

First I divide the hole into accessible sections. When we move back to our par-5, it's clear to me that I'll take the driver for the start and take a calm shot to the left/middle of the fairway.

Then I will play the next shot with a hybrid / fairway wood until just before the green. So I took all bunkers out of the game and can attack with the next shot - in my case a sand wedge from about 70 m distance.

Find your way

Of course, this does not apply to everyone and is also the optimum for me. There are pros who play this hole "under GIR" (Green in regulation). But there are also other players who, due to a current uncertainty with the driver, prefer to take a long iron for the tee.

My recommendation: Track your shots and know your lengths. This will increase your chances of completing the hole with par or better. And that's our goal.

How do I get more length?

One of the key questions in golf. Of course, as an ambitious golfer you want to get the most out of your clubs. But that only works with awareness and training. You always have to take care of the ACTUAL state and you can clearly determine whether your training is working and whether you have improved. It is also certain that it is advisable to book training lessons for this purpose.