Ciaran PGA Professional …. The Longest Yard

Yards – Yards – Yards

What constitutes a long drive? Is it if you hit it over 300 yards like the top guys on TV? Even all the new technology and golf balls that promise extra yardage and hearing that distance is becoming an issue that needs to addressed by the R&A. Golf courses being designed longer and longer to still make them a ‘challenge’. Despite all of this most golfers can’t achieve the holy grail of 300 yards, without the assistance of the path on the 10th hole.

So how far do golfers really hit the ball?

A company called Game Golf, which has a device used by golfing to track every shot they hit, have released data on how far golfers hit the ball. Breaking it down in two divisions — age and handicap — here are the median driving distances from golfers across the world:







At its core, the median driving distance is 219.55 yards. Other club distances of note: the median 3-wood goes 186.89 yards, 7-iron clocks in at 133.48 yards and pitching wedge at a 73.97 mark.

While the import number is the number on the bottom of the scorecard at the end of a round. Knowing how far you really hit the ball and being realistic in your approach to shots will help to lower your scores.

If you would like to know your yardages, FlightScope it one of the best tools to help you build your own yardage chart. If you would like to book a slot, I will be hosting FlightScope evenings from 3pm – 7pm both Tuesday and Thursday.

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Ciarán Hegarty

Head Teaching Professional

Castleknock Golf Club