Here’s how fast you need to swing to hit the ball 300 yards

Three hundred yards is one of those mythical numbers in golf. Like breaking 80 or getting to a single-digit handicap, if you have the ability to hit a drive 300 yards — even if it’s just occasionally — you’ll command near-universal respect.

But how do you hit the ball 300 yards? It’s something the takes a lot of time, good technique, and physical strength. But if you’re up for a challenge and want a goal to aim for, talk to GOLF Top 100 Teacher Andrew Rice. Rice conducts lots of studies using launch data, which you can read on his website, and tells golfers that if they want to hit the ball over 300 yards, they need to swing their driver about 108 mph.

But simply swinging the club 108 mph isn’t enough in itself, Rice is quick to note. You need to hit the ball well, and control factors like spin and launch, which requires advice from a good clubfitter and teacher in order to maximize the amount of yardage they can get out of your swing speed.

“Obviously, the strike must be good, the launch high enough and the spin rate fairly close to 2000 rpms.” Rice says.

David Toms, who Rice calls the “most efficient driver ever,” is perhaps the best example of a player who got the most out of his swing speed. Toms averaged 2.78 yards for every mph of swing speed and was routinely one of the most consistent drivers on tour.

The table below from Foresight Sports can help provide a baseline for what you need for 300 yard drives in terms of not just swing speed, but launch and spin.


Luke Kerr-Dineen Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Game Improvement Editor at GOLF Magazine and In his role he oversees the brand’s game improvement content spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University. His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.