PGA and R&A data on driving distances

Just recently, the USGA and the R&A jointly published a pretty comprehensive study on golf club drivers and the effect that they and rules changes have had on the distances of golf clubs on all of the major tours in recent years.

This information is pretty detailed and involved. However, I thought I could filter through all of it for you and present you with the pertinent facts as related to this blog on golf club distances. I have also included just a couple of the more enlightening graphs and charts that you should see.

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One of the most interesting things I took away from this very detailed report was that even though there have been many technical improvements on the golf club driver since 1968 (the oldest year they have data from the PGA Tour) that in conjunction with rules that they have implemented to limit that progress somewhat, golf club distances have not really jumped by that great of a distance!

The following are some of the key facts included in the paper:

  • Between 2003 and the end of the 2015 season, average driving distance on four of the seven tours increased about 1%, or 0.2 yards per year.
  • For the same period, average driving distance on the other three of those seven tours decreased about 1%.
  • Looking at all of the players who are ranked for distance on the PGA TOUR and European Tour, the amount by which players are “long” or “short” is virtually the same – for instance, the 10 shortest players in that group are about 6% shorter than average, while the 10 longest players in the group are about 7% longer than average. The statistics are not skewed toward added distance.
  • The average launch conditions on the PGA TOUR– clubhead speed, launch angle, ball speed and ball backspin – have been relatively stable since 2007. The 90th percentile club head speed coupled with the average launch angle and spin rate are very close to the conditions we use to test golf balls under the Overall Distance Standard.

For example, take a look at this graph that shows driving distances throughout major milestone changes since 1980.

Golf club distances changes in relation to milestone changes since 1980
Average driving distance on the major tours in relation to milestone changes since 1980

And here is one more interesting graph that shows the average driving distances measured on the major tours for all complete seasons since 2003.

Golf club distances changes since adoption of new rules after 2003.
Average driving distance on the major tours since adoption of the new rules after 2003.









I hope this information has been useful in your research for golf club distances and how to increase them and you can click here to check out what worked for me.

Golf club distances chart – And how I finally improved!

Hey George here,

If you want to know how to shoot a lower golf score, then I’m glad you stumbled across this site and I strongly suggest you keep reading…

This is my uncensored, uncut story of how I finally managed to shoot the lower golf score that I always wanted. The highs, the lows, what didn’t work and finally the one thing that got me the distance and accuracy I was looking for.

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Here is a chart of average golf club distances. Now, I say average because there is always somebody who will hit it shorter or longer than these numbers. This chart lists distances for each club and gives numbers for short-medium-long hitters on each. One other interesting fact – according to Golf Digest – is that most amateurs average somewhere around 195-205 yards with their drivers. So keep this in mind the next time you’re on the tee box.

Golf Club Distance Chart

Club Men Women
Driver 200-230-260 150-175-200
3-wood 180-215-235 125-150-180
5-wood 170-195-210 105-135-170
2-iron 170-195-210 105-135-170
3-iron 160-180-200 100-125-160
4-iron 150-170-185 90-120-150
5-iron 140-160-170 80-110-140
6-iron 130-150-160 70-100-130
7-iron 120-140-150 65-90-120
8-iron 110-130-140 60-80-110
9-iron 95-115-130 55-70-95
PW 80-105-120 50-60-80
SW 60-80-100 40-50-60

Ever since I started playing golf I always wanted to improve my game. After my first season of playing I was shooting around 120! Not exactly where I wanted to be. I would see a lot of my buddies or co-workers or even other people I got paired up with at the golf course shooting in the 90’s and even 80’s (I don’t think anyone shooting in the 70’s ever wanted to play with me!) Meanwhile, I just couldn’t drop my score very much!

I wanted to be like them – I wanted to hit my golf clubs longer, keep my golf ball on the fairway, know how to get out of trouble… the lot! So, one day I thought I’d do something about it…So I started taking some golf lessons. I definitely saw some improvement. The biggest thing I was learning were good golf swing mechanics (grip, posture, etc…). After a while though, the problem was that the lessons started to cost a lot of money and I had to adhere to a scheduled appointment with the instructor. Even though I saw some results and my score dropped to around 105, I was still way behind where I wanted to be and behind everyone else that I knew.

That’s when I started to search for a better solution…one that I could learn at my own pace and practice what I really saw was helping me!

I started reading some of the more famous golf instruction books out there (you can see links to them on this page). They were good and helped a little bit but the problem was that they were static. You see, like most people, I am a very visual learner. I learn best by a combination of reading, pictures and videos.

That is what led me to seek out other types of golf instruction to help my golf club distances to go up while keeping the ball flight how I wanted it. I started ordering and reviewing many, many online courses. Most of them were not very good!

Anyway, I kept at it and kept trying all these courses until finally I discovered a program that made a huge improvement! It was exactly what I was looking for… easy to understand, convenient to use, not expensive, intuitive and guaranteed to lower my score within just a couple of weeks!

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I’m still using it to this day and the results are just getting better and better! … But the only thing is that, you have to stick to it! But I think if you’re serious about lowering your golf score then you’ll be fine…

I hope you found this information is useful in your search for golf club distances and how to increase them and you can click here to check out what worked for me.

Until next time….

What Impact Does New Equipment Have Upon Your Golf Game?

Let’s admit it: At one time or another, we all have wondered the same thing: “Is it my clubs that are holding me back?”

Unfortunately, most of the time the answer is going to be NO! I know it’s not what any of us wanted to hear when we might be struggling with our game. Achieving the distances we want from our golf clubs can be exhilarating at times and equally frustrating at others.

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Now please don’t take what I just said as an absolute. When trying to achieve better golf club distances, equipment certainly does play a factor into it. I mean, let’s face it; if you are using a driver from the 1920’s (with a club head the size of a golf ball) versus a golf club driver from today, as long as you can somehow hit the ball, you are probably going to get better results with the newer golf equipment.

But before you go and rush into buying the latest club or set of clubs, make sure you have the fundamentals down pat first. Then, you will notice the difference a new piece of golf equipment can make.

There are a lot of golfers who have a garage full of semi-used equipment. Some of these are self-professed equipment junkies while others prefer to hide their addiction. The big question is whether or not the act of purchasing new clubs really helps your game?

I suspect that every golfer appreciates that in golf club manufacturing technology makes advances that do make it easier to hit the ball sweeter or more easily. The bigger sweet spot on modern day clubs is a prime example of this. But does this mean you will really get greater distance, more backspin, stop your natural slice or end up with a lower handicap?

I have observed many a golfer who buys a new set of clubs and raves about how fabulous they are whilst at the same time failing to display a related improvement in their play. You will probably have noticed this phenomena too.

There is clearly a psychological effect at play when one swings a new golf club. If you think it is going to help your game, it probably will do so, in the short term at least. But in the long term, after your “new club enthusiasm” has worn off, will those clubs really help your game?

Inevitably, it is the manner in which you swing the club that matters. If you remain confident you will probably swing the club well. But your confidence is anchored in the effectiveness of your ability to swing the club. The clubs alone are but one part of the golfing equation. The bigger part of the picture lies in your knowledge of the golf swing and your ability to produce the necessary actions. And the biggest part of the picture lies in what happens between your ears.

Many golfers choose clubs based upon which clubs another person (professional or otherwise) says are the “bees knees” of clubs. They quickly run out and buy those clubs expecting, or perhaps merely hoping, that their game is going to miraculously improve.

Surely it is wiser to take a little more time and a more logical approach to choosing ones clubs? For me, I do appreciate that technology moves forward in leaps and bounds and I don’t want to get left totally behind. But I don’t want to change my clubs unnecessarily either.

Because I know how mental golf is as a game the most important thing when I am looking at clubs is that I like the look of them as they sit behind the ball. If they “fit my eye” that’s a big part of the battle! I don’t mean whether they are pink or blue! I just mean do I feel that it looks like I can hit the ball well with it? Then they have to feel good in my hands; not after a few swings or after a few rounds. I want them to feel good immediately.

Yes, I will take advice (from an appropriately qualified professional) upon shaft, cavity back, wide base or blade, angles and so on. And then I will try whatever club they suggest. My first question to myself is “Do I like the look of it?” The second is “Does it feel comfortable?” and the next thing is to see how natural my swing feels with this new club.

How you progress with new clubs will depend more upon what you do with them then the clubs themselves. The fact they have a bigger sweet spot or are easier to hit does not necessarily make you a better golfer. But if you feel more confident with those clubs in your hands you will in all likelihood make better swings. Confidence in golf is always King!

So there you have it! Use your own judgment, never a sales person’s, in deciding when it is time to try some new golf equipment to help you improve your golf club distances. If you are at the very beginning of playing golf, start with a basic set and spend the extra money you saved on golf lessons. In the end, you will get a much better return on your investment!

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Good golfing… and here’s hoping your golf club distances improve by each outing!

Golf lessons and golf swing mechanics

Some people say that the quickest way to improve your golf game and to start hitting your golf clubs longer and more accurate is to take golf lessons. This will ground you in a solid foundation of good swing mechanics. I can personally testify to the effectiveness of this myself.

When I first started swinging the golf club, I had no formal training whatsoever. Well… it didn’t take me long to discover that I didn’t have a clue as to what to do. I don’t think more than 1 out of 30 balls ever went straight. That’s when I decided on golf lessons.

After a few basic golf lessons, where I was taught the proper grip, stance, ball placement and swing mechanics I had a pretty good understanding of the fundamentals. At least enough so that I could start shooting around 120 per round. However, I still could not get my golf club distances to be anything close to where I wanted them to be. I wasn’t looking to be a “long hitter” and crush the ball but I did want to hit them at least what I considered to be average distance for golf clubs.

Even though I do recommend golf lessons, they are not always practical for a number of reasons. There is the time needed to schedule an appointment to take them, the cost (not exactly inexpensive) for them, finding a golf instructor that is qualified and knows how to teach in a way that helps you get it.

This is what started me on my quest for an online solution. I needed a golf instruction book and video course that could meet all my criteria. I didn’t want to spend a fortune, I needed to work at it at my own pace, it had to be easy to understand and above all it had to work!

After much time, money, effort and research, I am happy to share with you the program that not only met all of my criteria but exceeded all expectations! I am more than willing to share the fruits of my labors with you.

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Golf Club Distances – Can they ever be what we want?

So, I used go to the driving range whenever I could squeeze it in between meetings, work and an endless list of chores my wife would keep updated for me.

That was so thoughtful of her!

 I would grab a bucket of balls and start swinging away, usually without any plan on what I was trying to accomplish. For some strange reason I always got the “large” size bucket. My philosophy was that if I could only get to the range once in a while then I should make the most out of it.  Besides, I’ve always believed that anything worth killing was worth over-killing!

Looking back on it now… that was just a lot of plain wasted time. I realized later that just swinging the club and repeating the same mistakes for a hundred golf balls was only reinforcing my bad swing habits and making me sore without any gain. Not to mention I was paying for this privilage! I might have just as well stayed home and worked on my “honey-do” list and kept the wife happy.

Anyway, after trying many, many different golf swing training devices that were guaranteed to have me playing and winning on the Tour, almost all of which turned out to be a bunch of junk and only served to frustrate me even more and help me part with my money without any benefit, I realized it was instruction I needed more than gimmicks.

This was when I started to seriously review instructional courses, books and videos that could help me improve my golf swing and hit my golf clubs the distance I was looking for and with accuracy. After all, what good is hitting a 250 yard drive when it ends up 50 yards into the woods?

I spent hundreds and hundreds of hours reading and reviewing all these books and instruction courses and talking to people about which ones they found most useful. Now, there were a few classics that I think were absolutely great for what they were. These include Ben Hogan’s Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf, also the Jack Nicklaus classic Golf My Way: The Instructional Classic, Revised and Updated and the famous common sense guide, Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book: Lessons and Teachings from a Lifetime in Golf, all of which I recommend you buy and read.

Also, there are a few, not many, good websites that have “sound” advice to work on individual areas of your golf game. Some of these are, from Sports Illustrated and Not all of their advice will help you get longer golf club distances however, which is the focus of this blog.

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I took to this course like a fish to water. The results were amazing and finally I saw most importantly, real repeatable help that was easy to learn. To see what it’s all about and how easy it is to quickly lower your scores and get the distances out of your golf clubs that you want, take a look for yourself.

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