Know Your Distances

Very interesting question I had when I was teaching a golfer the other day when asking me about golf clubs. This person wanted to know what kind of hybrid they should get to fill the gap between their 5 wood and their 5 iron.

I said “How far do you hit your 5 wood?”, the answer came back to me was “well when I hit it good it goes a good distance.” I then said ok, “how far does your 5 iron go?” I got the same answer, “well when I hit it good it goes a good distance.” So I asked, “what is a good distance?” This person couldn’t tell me what a good distance was. It’s great to know that when you hit the ball well it goes a good distance but “what is that distance”?

The point I am getting to here is that, “KNOW YOUR DISTANCES FOR ALL YOUR GOLF CLUBS!”

You see if you don’t know how far you hit the ball with your clubs, whether they be woods, irons, hybrids, how are you going to know what club you need to use for your next shot?

Golf is a game of accuracy and a game of measurements. The accuracy is to do with your alignment and the meaurements are to do with how far you hit a particular club to the position you require the ball to land on the course or green.

So how are you going to work out your distances?

This is what I suggest for you to do below….

This will take a bit of time, so make sure you have some time up your sleeve. Also get a note pad to record your distances.

  • Take out your Sand Iron or Sand Wedge and hit 10 balls. After hitting those 10 balls, pace out from where you hit from to where the balls landed. Now the balls won’t all be in the exact spot but what you want to do is to get an average. So the balls that landed around the middle inbetween your longer shots and shorter shots, should be about the average, record that distance in your note pad. Make sure you pick up the balls before you start with the next club, so you don’t get confused. Remember keep things simple.

For example: SW – 60 metres (if you work in yards write yards)

  • Now repeat with your pitching wedge, then record the distance in your note pad.
  • Now repeat with your 9 iron, then record the distance in your note pad.
  • Repeat until you have done this with all your clubs.

What you should find is that there should be about 10 metres difference between each club.

An example is below:

SW – 60 metres

PW – 80 metres

9 iron – 90 metres

8 iron – 100 metres

7 iron – 110 metres

6 iron – 120 metres

5 iron – 130 metres

3 wood – 160 metres

Driver – 170 metres

If you then work out the distances what you an then see as this example above shows, there are a few gaps. There is a gap between the sand wedge and pitching wedge, another gap between the 5 iron and the 3 wood. So when you can actually see this on paper then you will see there are some clubs that are needed to fill those gaps.

My advice to you firstly is know how far you hit your clubs, then you and your professional coach can work out what clubs are needed to fill the gaps.

Looking forward to hearing how you go. 🙂


To your golfing success,

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Tiffany Mika

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About Tiffany Mika

Tiffany Mika is incredibly passionate about golf and shares with you her knowledge about the game. She shows how you can have an exciting a life when you learn to play golf as you can travel the world playing exotic destinations and meeting lots of fantastic people who all share the same passion for golf.

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