Monday, February 8, 2010

Get to Know the Distances You Hit Your Golf Clubs

If you have played the game of golf for any length of time, you would no doubt agree with me that it can be an awesome game but at the same time it can frustrate the snot out of you! One area of frustration comes from players not knowing the average distance they hit each club in their bag. Have you ever stood in the fairway after pacing out the yards you have to hit to the center of the green, and realize you are not sure which club to hit? This could be because you are not familiar with how far you hit each club.

So what is an easy way to figure your average distance? One way is to go to your local driving range, however, this may not be the best choice because you cannot really get an accurate reading on how far you hit each club.

So my recommendation, and this is what I did, is to find an open field somewhere. You should be able to find one somewhere near you. Put something on the ground every 10 yards. You can pace out the yards, or you can use a digital range finder, like I did. Once you have your markers set up begin hitting your clubs, starting with your wedges first and then moving up from there. You should end up hitting your driver last. To get a pretty accurate record of how far your hit each club try hitting 25 golf balls at a time. Your area will be pretty spread out, but you want to just determine where the majority of the balls landed. After hitting the balls, go out to where the balls are and take note of which marker(s) you are closest to. Write this information down.

Do not try and do all of your clubs in one day. I recommend that you hit only 4 clubs at a time. The reason I say this is because the more you swing the more tired you will become. And so if you were to hit all of the clubs in your bag in one day, you probably won't get an accurate record, due to fatigue. So, take your time and spread this process out over a few days.

Continue to figure your average distance you hit each golf club every so often. I recommend that you do it at least once a year. The more you do it, the more refined you will become in knowing your distances. In addition, you can do the exact same process again, but this time, focus on hitting half shots and three quarter shots. By doing this, you will really narrow down the average distance you hit each and every golf club in your bag, except your putter of course!


  1. Though i don't like golf much but still its a great post. Keep up the good work

  2. It's winter where I am so I did this using a virtual golf machine, the same kind that they use in golf stores when you're buying equipment. Good advice!

  3. I have a problem where i always hit worst when on the course compared to the range. Do you know how to get past this?

  4. To Will: This is a common problem with most amateur golfers. It seems like we can hit the ball fairly well on the driving range, but then when we get on the course everything falls apart again. This can be very frustrating. It comes down to the mental side of golf. Check out my recent post about the mental aspects of golf. (See link above). Hopefully this can help you out. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  5. When hitting the ball just try to be gentle if you are aiming for a short distance. If you are looking to cover a large part of the track then in addition to the power, try to develop a technique because golf is not a game that requires you to hit with force.