Golf Blog Feature
How to Judge Golf Club Distances for My Game
Like many aspects of golf, knowing how to judge golf club distances is very much an individual thing. Players of different skill level, athletic ability, gender and age will have great variances in how far they hit their golf shots. But what's important for you is that you know far you hit your clubs ... that will help you improve your game a great deal.
There are average distance charts like the one below. It may perfectly line up with your own distances or it may be way off for you, but again the important thing is for you to know your distances. Most players will end up short of the green with their approach shots, because they think they hit the ball further than they do. So review the chart below as a guideline, but create your own chart as well!
Golf Club Distances Chart
Individual players can take these numbers as a guide, especially if you're just starting out. One thing to note with about this chart is that golf clubs are very different and you may find one brand or club head type helps you it hit it further than another.
A good tip is to learn your own distances by club at the driving range. Take some clubs and hit a decent number of balls with each and start to build in your own mind how far you can comfortably hit each club. It's key to not try and see how far you can hit one ball at the optimum but how far you regularly hit it. Try using different lofts of wedges and see how this affects the distance and trajectory. By learning more about your capabilities you can improve the consistency of your game.
Start Using Technology
As we mentioned there are many variables that affect club distances. We've had a look at some of the latest GPS watches available to help you gain knowledge on how far you actually hit the ball. GPS can be used on thousands of courses around the world and they will let you know your exact position on the hole and how far your ball is from the pin, thus enabling you to pick out the right club for your next shot. There are some fantastic GPS watches available and they are especially helpful if you've never played that course before.