A question I get asked regularly is; how far should I hit the golf ball? Well a specific answer is always difficult to give as golfers vary in age and ability, but interestingly I have some stats for you from a recent survey carried out by Golf Digest that shows averages distances taken from a wide range of players from April - September (summer golf and yes there is a big difference between how far you hit in the summer than the wet and sticky winter fairways).
Firstly, when you watch Rory or Tiger "bomb one" 300+ yards down the fairway, you must not feel that you game is very inadequate as these Tour Pros come from another planet and the distances they hit the ball do not relate in anyway to the average golfer distances for reasons I won't go into at this stage.
So get you head around these figures and remember age and handicap are very different things;
Average Driver Distances
If your aged:
- 20 - 30 years old - 238 yards.
- 30 - 40 years - 231 yards.
- 40 - 50 years - 220 yards.
- 50 - 60 years - 211 yards.
- 60+ years - 196 yards.
If your handicap is:
Up to 5 handicap - 250 yards.
5 - 10 handicap - 231 yards.
10 - 19 handicap - 215 yards.
19 - 28 handicap - 195 yards.
28+ handicap - 177 yards.
At its core, the average driving distance is 219.55 yards. Other club distances of note - the average 3-wood goes 186.89 yards, 7-iron clocks in at 133.48 yards and pitching wedge at a 73.97 mark. For what it's worth, golfers find the fairway 46.46% of the time.
Sure, the biggest yardage number (250) may seem puny, especially when Henrik Stenson is out-driving that figure by 40 yards with his 3-wood, but those stats are nothing to deride. However, it does illustrate that, while average golfers are getting it out there, worries about rising distances ruining the game are overblown (at least at the amateur level). Of course, these figures are just for show. The only number that really matters resides at the end of your scorecard.
Focus Meeting at Dibden Golf Centre
From 6.00pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday, 17 January 2017 in the clubhouse. If you want to find out about the goings on at the club or how Mytime Active operate, then please attend. Everybody is welcome.
Congratulations to Jane Physic on achieving her first hole-in-one on the last hole of the nine hole course on Wednesday.
Group golf coaching at Dibden Golf Centre
Come and join in the fun, make new golfing buddies, improve your skills and play better golf. Our group coaching programme runs all year long and you can join in at any time and all for the price of just £5 per session. Any age, any ability, everybody is welcome. Sessions run as follows:
- Ladies Group Coaching - Wednesday mornings 9:30am - 10:30am.
- Senior Group Coaching - Thursday mornings 9:30am - 11:30am.
- Adult Group Coaching - Saturdays mornings 11:00am - 12:00pm.
- Junior Group Coaching - Saturday mornings 9:00am - 9:50am and 10:00am - 10:50am.
For more information speak to our PGA Qualified Golf Professional John Slade and Paul Smith or click here to send us an email.