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Tips to Choose the Right Golf Club as You Play
Many beginner to intermediate golfers have little to no idea how to choose the right golf club for a particular shot. With that said, here are a few golf tips to help with proper golf club selection. Over time, you should tailor these golf tips to your own distances and preferences.
“Typical” Distances for Irons and Clubs

For the beginner golfer, below are two useful tables to help choose the right golf club for a particular distance you wish to hit the golf ball. Keep in mind that these “Typical Distances” are for the average golfer based on interviews with dozens of PGA teaching professionals and amateur golfers and should be observed as guidelines only when choosing the right golf club for you.


Golf Club Selection and Typical Distances - Irons

Iron

Men Typical Distance

Women Typical Distance

4 IRON

170 yards

120 yards

5 IRON

160 yards

110 yards

6 IRON

150 yards

100 yards

7 IRON

140 yards

90 yards

8 IRON

130 yards

80 yards

9 IRON

115 yards

70 yards

PITCHING WEDGE

105 yards

60 yards

SAND WEDGE

80 yards

50 yards


Golf Club Selection and Typical Distances – Woods and Pitching

Iron

Men Typical Distance

Women Typical Distance

DRIVER

230 yards

175 yards

3 WOOD

215 yards

150 yards

5 WOOD

195 yards

135 yards

HYBRID

188 yards

130 yards

PITCHING FULL SHOT (LOB WEDGE)

60 yards

50 yards

PITCHING ½ SHOT (LOB WEDGE)

45 yards

40 yards

PITCHING ¼ SHOT (LOB WEDGE)

30 yards

25 yards


The tables above do not take into account wind, downhill or uphill lies, elevated tees or elevated greens. So, when looking to choose the right golf club in those situations, add or take away a few clubs depending on the severity of the elevation change. A decent, albeit unscientific golf tip to select the right golf club is take one or less extra club for every 10 yards of elevation change. Light to moderate wind can add or deduct 1 to 2 clubs as well depending if it is in front or behind you. Based on these golf tips combined with regular course play (and “feel”), we hope you have the fundamentals to choose the right golf club every time you play.

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