Canadian Fade - Play, Practice, Enjoy

How Far Do You Hit The Golf Ball?

Derek Highley - Thursday, March 14, 2019


Finding out your distances used to be a difficult task.  Golfers will have a general idea how far they hit each club through their experiences on the golf course but unfortunately these estimated distances were unreliable and .... I'm going to hurt a few people here ... often overstated.

In a previous article I wrote about a study that shows that the majority of golfer's approach shots end up short of their target and that how through the simple adjustment of taking an extra club players will see their scores come down.  How can you take advantage of this "low hanging fruit" in order to lower your scores this coming golf season?  Well, the first thing you need to do is get an accurate assessment on how far you currently hit your ball.  As mentioned in the opening paragraph most players overestimate how far they hit it but not to worry we also overestimate how far others hit it.  Below is an interesting chart containing the average Driver Distance for various groups of golfers broken down by age and handicap.  Keep in mind the distances are total distance (carry + roll).  

As a general assumption that will get you close enough you can think of roll as been about 20% of carry.  As an example if we look at the 10 to 20 handicap group with a Median Total Distance of 215 yards we can guess that carry would be roughly 175 yards.

Category  Median Driver Distance 
 Handicap under 5  250.93 yards
 Handicap 5 - 10  231.04 yards
 Handicap 10 - 20  215.65 yards
 Handicap 20 - 30  195.93 yards
 Handicap > 30  177.49 yards
 Age 20 - 30  238.68
 Age 31 - 40  231.21
 Age 41 - 50  220.52
 Age 51 - 60  211.93
 Age over 60  196.40

Knowing your distances regardless of what they are is an important step in improving the way you play a round of golf, it is a vital piece in course management.

If you are interested in finding out your current distances schedule an hour with me using the GC Quad Foresight which provides accurate measurement of ball and club data.  Not only will you learn how far you hit it but we will also be able to see what adjustments you can make in order to add yardage to your game.


It is gratifying to know,as we get older we cannot hit the ball as far as we used to...when I looked at the chart you have Derek, it is nice to know when you are in your 70's or 80's if you hit the ball more than 200 yards you are doing quite well...realize our limitations and play within them...that also includes one should consider moving up a tee or two to have an enjoyment index and a score that is quite pleasing..leave ego out of the equation when picking what set of tees you are going to play from, regardless of what others choose to do...enjoy the game of a lifetime!!

Bob Martin / 28-Mar-2020 06:17 PM

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