When Being An “Average” Golfer Is Good

How far do you hit your average 7-iron? 9-iron? Any club? Do you know? Do you actually know? Most golfers don’t and it can be the cause of inconsistent scores.

Knowing your average carry distance is crucial, and will help you manage your game more efficiently.

There was that one time you hit your 9-iron 145 yards and so now you figure that’s how far you hit it and wonder why now you’re always coming up short.

I know I’ve been there.

To add to that; it’s not just about knowing your average yardage with each club, it’s knowing each clubs average carry.

If it’s 145 yards to carry the green side bunker and you hit your 8-iron 145 yards, you should know whether that 145 yards is carry or total distance.
This information could be the difference of putting for birdie or bogey.

Here is a simple chart to give you an idea of what your carry distances are, courtesy of Golf WRX.

Click the chart for a great article by Jaacob Bowden explaining how he derived at these average carry yardages based on your driver swing speed. (the bold numbers across the top)

This chart is based on your driver swing speed and doesn’t take into account your individual swing, spin rate, launch angle, smash factor,etc. But it’s a great jumping off point, especially if you can’t afford to rent a Trackman and get the average for each club.

Finding your average driver swing speed can be really easy and affordable. Here are three ways to get this information all this information starting from free to not so free:

Numero Uno- Cheap but not exact

All you need is a Golf Superstore. Pick a driver that is similar to yours, ask to test it out, and hit about 10 drives with it. Most places will have a simulator and it will display your swing speed after each swing.

Average these speeds out and ba-da-bing. Take your speed and find it on the chart.

Now this is the most inexpensive way but it’s also not exact. You’ll be basing your numbers on this chart that isn’t taking into account other factors about your swing, but like I said, it’s a jumping off point.

My yardages are within a few yards (+/-) of this chart.

Numero Dos: Money is involved but so is accuracy

Use the club tracker on your gps system. Right now I use Golf Shot to track my distances. I can track how far each club goes on average.

I only use it when I am making a full swing. I want these numbers to be as consistent, from swing to swing, as possible.

The problem with Golf Shot is that it’s yardages are usually off by a few yards (+/-).

Numero Number Three: More Money is involved but so is more accuracy

If you have the money, or want to spend the money, these Golf Superstores will/should rent out their swing bays so you can get the averages for each club.

You can also find a golf course that has Trackman or Flightscope to get your averages. I highly recommend spending the money and getting all your clubs dialed in.

Do yourself a favor with any of these options, warm up beforehand.

Once you have your averages you’ll find that you’ll take a lot of the guesswork out of your decision-making. It will make your game more efficient and your club choice more effective.

You will have no excuses not to commit to every shot now that you know exactly how far (on average) each club carries.

You won’t have to wonder whether you can carry the creek that runs across the fairway or the green side bunker that grabs most balls.

You’ll have concrete numbers.

Now, I say this, but I’ll also qualify it by saying these are your averages. You will on occasion hit them longer and sometimes shorter and that’s okay. The pros do the same thing.

Just know that you can now be making a fully committed swing with this information in your back pocket.

At The Very Least:

Know your averages for these clubs: SW, PW, 9-iron.

These particular clubs are your scoring clubs. Know their averages and score.