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By Jaacob Bowden

I know a lot of people and golf announcers talk about how far the Tour players can hit the golf ball, but while they certainly do hit the ball far… it may not be as far as you would lead to be believed. After all, it can be hard to tell from watching TV or reading about an event on a website if a player’s shot was at high altitude, was with a tailwind, was downhill, etc.

As you know, with the advent of things like Shotlink and other statistical tracking tools, more and more data is now available about every possible thing you could want to know about your favorite Tour players. To check out the PGA Tour driving distances:

Driver 269 yards / 246 meters (Total Driving Distance – about 291.0 yards)
3-Wood 243 yards / 222 meters
5-Wood 230 yards / 210 meters
Hybrid 225 yards / 206 meters
3-Iron 212 yards / 194 meters
4-Iron 203 yards / 186 meters
5-Iron 194 yards / 177 meters
6-Iron 183 yards / 167 meters
7-Iron 172 yards / 157 meters
8-Iron 160 yards / 146 meters
9-Iron 148 yards / 135 meters
PW 136 yards / 124 meters

Interesting, eh?

Also, keep in mind the various lofts that exist for different manufacturer’s clubs. One company’s 9-iron is another company’s pitching wedge. Not to mention, many players adjust the loft angles to meet their own liking.

I hope this article gives you a more clear idea of the actual distances that Tour players hit under normal conditions.

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by Jaacob Bowden

When it comes to hitting the ball off the tee, remember to take driving distances with a grain of salt.  You might be only averaging 210 yards (190 m) per drive at one course…and you hear of a friend that tells you he’s averaging 250 yards (227 m) per drive at his home course.  However, when you play each other on the same course – you hit the same distance.  What gives?  You might think your friend is not telling you the truth about his distances…however, when you take in to consideration the various playing conditions of different courses around the country (and world), you might discover that your friend is actually being completely honest.

Take a look at the average driving distances by tournament his year so far on the PGA TOUR and you’ll see what I mean:

Mercedes-Benz Championship    252 (228 m)
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am    268 (243 m)
PODS Championship    271 (246 m)
Verizon Hertiage    276 (250 m)
Buick Invitational    277 (251 m)
Zurich Classic of New Orleans    279 (253 m)
Honda Classic    281 (255 m)
Arnold Palmer Invitational    282 (256 m)
AT&T Classic    283 (257 m)
The Players Championship    285 (258 m)
EDS Byron Nelson     286 (259 m)
Shell Houston Open    290 (263 m)
Northern Trust Open    291 (264 m)
Bob Hope Chrysler Classic    292 (265 m)
FBR Open    293 (266 m)
Sony Open    295 (267 m)
Mayakoba Golf Classic    297 (269 m)
Wachovia Championship    297 (269 m)

Average = 283 (257 m)

If you play different courses, these differences are also useful to know for your iron play.  Granted that you know how far you hit your clubs, within a few good shots of the first time you play a new course, you should be able to tell for the rest of the round approximately how much to add or subtract for your average shot.  For example, if you regularly play TPC Scottsdale in Arizona and are planning a trip to play Pebble Beach in California, you should expect that your irons will go about 8-9% less at Pebble Beach.

Remember that this doesn’t only apply to courses in different cities.  Even within your local area, different courses play different distances.

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