Here’s how far you should hit all of your clubs

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How far *should* you be hitting your clubs? This chart will help.


As soon as golfers accomplish the act of hitting the golf ball, they want to hit further. It’s only natural and in some ways, inescapable. But while many golfers want to hit the ball longer, there are often two related questions that sometimes escape them:

How far do they hit it?

How far should they be hitting it?

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The first question, the answer to which Max Homa calls the “biggest lie in golf”, is something every golfer should know. Just because you have hit a drive 280 yards one time does not mean you hit your driver 280 yards. That goes all the way down the bag. Take more club than you think, because there’s no pride in leaving 99 out of 100 shots short of the green because of the one you somehow managed to crank up there.

But then, there’s the second one, how far should you be hitting it, something this handy chart from GolfWRX can help with.

It’s not perfect, because it assumes a few things: That you’re hitting the ball consistently well, without much curve and with a driver that’s fit to your swing. But nevertheless, it can provide a good guidepost for golfers. If you find some big differences between yourself and the chart, it might be time for another clubfitting and some lessons.

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Luke Kerr-Dineen Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is an English-American who oversees instruction and other service content 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 and Media from Columbia University. Following graduation, he spent two years as a digital editor at Golf Digest before spending three years at USA Today.