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The Ultimate Glossary of Terms About Know All That You Need About How Far You Should Hit Your Irons

Are you just beginning to get a grip over your golf clubs? Or are you on your way to becoming a pro? No matter what stage of golf training you are, there is one common question that is almost always asked by everyone, and that is ‘How far should I hit my irons?

It is quite normal for people to get impatient the moment they get to know the basics of the game. And want to speed up the process of training and get directly to how far must you hit your irons. But again if you start comparing your yardages with the pros it's not long before disappointment will set it.​

Coming back to the original question, to the original question, how far should you be hitting your iron? Well, the answer is a completely relative one, and it depends on various factors.​

What Are The Factors That Affect How Far You Can Hit Your Irons?​

First and foremost, golf must not be played keeping this one aim in mind. If you aspire to be a pro, it is an incessant practice that will help you through. And if you play as a hobby, your aim needs to be to have a good time and not fret about the digits.

Coming back, there are many factors that come into play that decides how far you can hit your irons, most of which you cannot do much about. Let us consider some of them,​

  • The particular club you are using. It may also differ depending on the company whose clubs you use.
  • The kind of balls that are being used to play.
  • Whether you are playing under conditions like hard fairway or soft fairway also play a vital role.
  • The kind of day on which you are playing also plays a key role. On a windy day, the ball may reach further as compared to that on a cloudy day.
  • Whether you are a male or a female can also change how far you will be able to hit your irons.
  • How old you are?
  • The strength in the muscles of your arms along with your overall fitness
  • How well you are able to coordinate and your athletic built
  • The swing speed with which you can hit the ball
  • How well you are able to connect with the ball just before you hit it.

The permutation and combination of these factors will also make further alterations in deciding how far you can hit the ball.

But what we all tend to miss out when comparing yardages is that all these factors change many things. Like a person who hits the clubs to a certain distance with a 5-iron distance could be the best performance of a person with a 3-iron distance and could also be the best ever of a person using the 7-iron.​

So the bottom line remains, there is no particular range of good, average and bad scores. Your score is yours and whether it is in sync with the scores of others should not matter. Your score is your personal record which you can break or outdo if you wish. But again your score of a particular course itself could differ on another course on another day with another club.

A fun fact here is that even when you talk about pros, their own records may also differ among each other and they are still considered the best. Like some professional golf players will hit an average of 280-320 yards, on another course in another game some other professionals or even the same ones will not go beyond a range of 230-270 yards.

Now, this does not mean that you are better than a professional player. It simply means that these digits may differ and that it is not the most important part of the game. If you are pursuing golf as a hobby, enjoy the game rather than being bothered about the yardages.

Long Hitter Or Short Hitter?​

Sung Hyun Park of South Korea reacts on the sixth hole during the final round of the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship golf tournament at Sky72 Golf Club in Incheon, South Korea, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

When you start playing golf, it is usually not long before you can figure out whether you can hit long or if you are a short hitter. You will know this by keeping a record of your average scores and comparing them with those who play along with you on that particular game. But this is not a competition about yardages.

Being a long hitter does not assure that you are a good player. Especially if your so called long hits don’t manage to get the ball on the greens or even straight ahead. Being a long hitter in no world assures you a lower score.​

And being a short hitter does not declare you to be a bad player. All it means is that this is your average score.​

Men And Women Players​

When we discussed that how hard one can hit the irons depends greatly on many factors, one of the basic factors is the gender difference. However, even within players of the same sex, women tend to show a greater degree of variation as compared to men.

To elaborate further, women who are taller and better built tend to be better players as compared to women who may be shorter and weaker. However, this difference is not so significant in the case of men. A man who shoots 110 yards may be the same in height as a player who may shoot 80 yards.

So the difference is greater in case of women as compared to men.

Average Chart​

If you are still keen on knowing about the average chart, I have an approximate one for you. Thanks to the latest technology and latest equipment, the distance data for various players can be gathered, and an average can be achieved.

If you wish to look at a professional chart, check out the table below that has an average carry distance of professional players in a golfing tour​

Club

Carry (in yards) Approximate values

Driver (Total)

290

Driver (Carry)

270

3 - Wood

240

5 - Wood

230

Hybrid

225

3 - Iron

210

4 - Iron

200

5 - Iron

195

6 - Iron

182

7 - Iron

171

8 - Iron

160

9 - Iron

150

PW

135

But this was a chart of professionals and probably not possible for an average player who plays for fun.

However, when we want to look at a general chart that has average values we can look at a swing speed of an approximate of 60mph, 70 mph, 80 mph and 90 mph/​

However, when we want to look at a general chart that has average values we can look at a swing speed of an approximate of 60mph, 70 mph, 80 mph and 90 mph/​

Club

60 Mph

70 Mph

80 Mph

90 Mph< /p>

Driver (Total)

155

180

205

231

Driver (Carry)

145

167

191

215

3 - Wood

130

151

175

195

5 - Wood

122

144

165

185

Hybrid

121

141

160

180

3 - Iron

115

133

151

171

4 - Iron

110

125

145

165

5 - Iron

105

121

140

155

6 - Iron

99

115

130

146

7 - Iron

91

108

124

139

8 - Iron

85

100

115

130

9 - Iron

80

92

105

120

PW

72

85

96

110

The point to be noted here is that these values have been taken from an average score of players. While these are scores of all good players, they are not professionals and must not be taken as a standard value chart.

What's the Current Job Market for What Are The Different Clubs Used For? Professionals Like?

We know that a club set contains a set of 14 clubs. These include an assortment of woods, irons, and wedges. But what each club is used for and what are the variations in the different numbers on each club is important to be aware of.

To explain this, we must know that woods will help to drive the balls further ahead distance wise as compared to irons. When you compare irons, the lower numbered ones help to drive the ball further ahead as compared to higher number iron clubs.

The wedge collection is useful when you need to lift the ball higher rather than cover a longer distance.

So for each shot, you must decide which club you wish to use depending on how and where you plan to hit the shot.​

Of course, along with all this, you also need to bear in mind your own capabilities and how well and how far you can hit your clubs. This along with taking all other factors into consideration will help you know more about how far you can hit your irons.​

Let us get to know more about each of the clubs

Woods​

These clubs are the ones that are used to send the ball ahead regarding distances. Typically a wood club will be used off the tee to send the ball into the fairway.​

The woods club that sends the ball furthest is known as the driver or the one wood. The 3-woods and 5-woods do not hit the ball as far as the driver.​

Irons​

When planning to hit the ball anything less than 200 yards the irons will come handy. These clubs are numbered one through nine.

However, 1-iron and 9-irons are rarely used. The higher numbered irons clubs will be used when you are closer to greens. As you increase the number in your irons clubs, the ball will usually hit 10 yards lesser each time even if you apply the same swing to each club.

Wedges​

These clubs are similar to irons but the difference being they are much more lofted. The main purpose of these clubs is to raise the ball higher.

The pitching wedge on an average has a loft of about 48 degrees. Wedges are best used when the ball is closer to the hole, perhaps as close as being less than 100 yards. In short, higher the loft of a wedge the higher it will go and the lesser distance it will carry.

What Is A hybrid?​

One thing that may have been noticed in both the charts is the club named hybrid. This is not a particular type of club but is a generic name for a club that is used to replace an existing club. For example, if the hybrid is supposed to replace a 4 - iron then it is named as 4 - hybrid or a 7 - hybrid if it is supposed to replace a 7- iron.

A hybrid is supposed to minimize the difficulty of use of an existing club and make it better, stronger and more capable of an improved carrying distance.

Simple Tips To Improve Your Carry​

Practice is the key to any game. Even if you begin with an excellent swing speed, you need to constantly practice and be in touch to improve your game each time.

Good news is that minor modifications in the swing speed and other adjustments can give you an excellent result with practice. It is possible for almost any player to achieve a great carry and greater total driving distance at various swing speeds as mentioned above. You can try various combinations to get the desired results.​

  • A minor change in the loft along with some small changes made to the swing path, the angle of attack and other finer adjustments can take a player who is, say an efficient driver directly to an above average efficient driver.
  • The driver swing speed is the deciding factors for the club distances. These can be easily measured using the systems used to measure. There are Sports Sensors Swing Speed Radars (SSRs) are able to collect the data and reflect it much sooner. If you wish to know how far you must hit the irons, getting your club distances measured is a good idea.
  • While it is a smart option to get yourself measured. One must bear in mind that carry distance itself depends on many factors which can cause many alterations. Factors that come into play may include the slopes on the golf course that you are playing on; the wind factor also comes into play. Windier the day, you carry distance will also increase proportionally. Other factors that play a role are altitude, the temperature of the day etc. These factors affect how the ball flies and occasionally even the distance and direction may get affected to a certain extent.
  • Yet another factor that plays a role is the potential loft difference that may be caused due to different clubs that are used. When you consider professionals, many of them are provided with special clubs which tend to create a stronger loft when you compare it with the set of clubs that you are playing with. There are always other factors that are included but just that different manufacturer’s club sets could play a certain role in deciding your carrying distance.
  • As you slowly progress from being an amateur to a better player, and as you slowly improve your swing speed, when you reach a speed of 80mph approximately, you will notice that the carrying distance of different clubs tends to be in a similar range. It is around this point that you may not need the complete set of clubs but will make do with just a few handpicked ones which suit your needs the best.

Bottom - Line

If you look up the internet, you will get access to many charts and averages regarding the different carrying distance about different clubs. Most of these charts will have a similar average if not exact. One must bear in mind that these are a mean taken from average players and you may or may not fit into them. There are also many charts that show averages of professional players and which by no means will be close to the average that you may score especially if you are under training or play golf just for entertainment purpose.

A key factor that one must remember is that practice is the answer to everything.​

Lydia Lim
 

My name is Lydia Lim, and I am a proud mother of one beautiful boy called Jack. I’ve been blessed with a happy and fulfilling life, and I am as happy as I can be. My hubby is a passionate golfer, and he introduced me to the sport in September, 2014. Since that day, I fell in love at the first swing.

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