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How to Know Which Golf Club to Use

To figure out which golf club to use for a particular shot, you need to know the average distance you hit a ball with each golf club in your set. Then, you simply choose the golf club that fits the distance you need to hit.

The best way to find out is to hit about 50 balls with each club. Eliminate the longest five and the shortest five, and then figure out the middle of the remaining group. That’s your average yardage.

This table shows how far the average golfer generally hits with each club when he or she makes solid contact.

When you start to play this game, you probably won’t attain these yardages — but while you practice, you can get closer to these numbers.

Which Club Should You Use?
Club Men’s Average Distance Women’s Average Distance
Driver 230 yards 200 yards
3-wood 210 yards 180 yards
2-iron 190 yards Not recommended; 4-wood or hybrid = 170 yards
3-iron 180 yards Not recommended; 5-wood or hybrid = 160 yards
4-iron 170 yards 150 yards (consider a hybrid, instead)
5-iron 160 yards 140 yards
6-iron 150 yards 130 yards
7-iron 140 yards 120 yards
8-iron 130 yards 110 yards
9-iron 120 yards 100 yards
Pitching wedge 110 yards 90 yards
Sand wedge 90 yards 80 yards
Lob wedge 65 yards 6 yards
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