Hybrid Golf Club Distance

The question comes up if one should use additional Hybrid golf clubs to close the distance gaps. Most golfers upon reaching their max distance using Hybrid clubs find they now have gap in their distances that would typically be over come by choking down their grip on the longer distance club, rather than trying to force more distance out of the shorter distance one. If you’re using a Hybrid 4  and a traditional 5 iron, you find there is a distance in between the two clubs that might best be filled with the addition of a Hybrid 5. Don’t spend your money on that hybrid club just yet.

Since hybrid clubs have more loft than a standard iron, the addition of more hybrids into your bag should in theory allow you to cover more distance since by it nature the hybrid golf club distance is greater than your old irons. Or is it? Typically golfers replace their longer irons with Hybrids in the first place because they can’t hit them consistently for distance. Since they don’t get the correct swing speed the golf club distances they get also come up short.

Rather than buy a bunch of hybrid clubs to solve your distance issues, wouldn’t it be better if you could instead learn how to get the most distance from the clubs you already have? I have nothing against Hybrid golf clubs, but when it comes to golf club distance issues I think it’s better to fix your swing speed problem first before investing time and money into hybrid clubs. I was about to sink a bunch of money into hybrids myself before I discovered how to get the most distance from my standard clubs.

So I’m saying don’t buy Hybrids to replace your longer irons until you’ve first gotten all the distance you can out of those. You may find, like I did, that you don’t need the Hybrids at all.  Most golfers will find that they lack the correct balance, leverage, hip movement and target focus to get the most distance form their golf clubs, all of these issue can be overcome with some very simple training. By fixing all of these issues one by one you will find that you’re suddenly getting undreamed of speed in your swing that translates into more golf club distance.

Here’s a Hybrid Golf Club Distance Chart .

Average Golf Club Distance Chart

Most athletes are obsessed with our performance and golfers are no different. When it comes to golf club distances everyone wants to know how well they do against the average golfer. When I began golfing I was online right away looking for some type of golf club distance comparison chart so I could see how I stacked up with my clubs against the average golfers.

Depending where you get this information the average distances seem to vary quite a bit so I’m not even sure how scientific any of this information even is but here goes:

Here is the Average Golf Club Distances as I have found them:

Club Used Yards -Men Yards -Women
Driver 240 and up 180 and up
3-wood 220 165
4-wood 210 155
5-wood 200 150
7-wood 180 130
2-iron 195 170
3-iron 185 165
4-iron 180 155
5-iron 165 130
6-iron 155 120
7-iron 145 105
8-iron 135 95
9-iron 120 85
pitching wedge 95 70
sand wedge 85 60

 

This club distance comparison chart was created by combining all the charts I found online and then average out the yardages as given. This does not take into account hybrid golf club distances. Don’t fret if you’re currently below average, as you can learn to hit your balls further with very little effort. You just need to fix your swing so your club travels faster. The key to golf club distance is in the speed of your swing, not how hard you hit the ball, so strength has very little to do with your potential yards.

Many golfers peg themselves as being either a “long hitter” or a “short hitter” and believe that if they fall into the latter category they must spend the rest of their golfing career there. Not true. Even though physical stature has some bearing on how far you can hit the ball due the shorter swing travel, almost anyone can learn to be a long hitter and anyone who has yet to be properly trained can add 20 or 30 yards to every drive they make.

I was fortunate enough to find a good training course online called How To Break 80 that improved my distances early on, but I can see how a beginning golfer could struggle with this for years if not properly trained to get the most distance from their golf clubs.  Click here to add 20-30 yards to your drives almost overnight

Increase Your Golf Club Distances With Balance

In a previous post I stressed that increase club speed equaled increased distance. One of the secrets to getting good speed in your swing without any extra effort is the art of properly  positioning your bodyweight to get the most club speed in your golf swing.

Most golfers place their body in a position where they shift their weight for what they think is more power in their swing by putting the weight behind the golf club, but in reality takes power away from their swing and costs them distance. The key to getting the golf club distance is in the club head speed, not the power behind it.

Most golfers make the mistake of having their weight too far forward, actually over their toes. This creates an unbalance in your body and the axis that you swing your golf club through is at an angle. This is not the best position to get  the most distance from your golf swing. Since your center of gravity is not over your feet your athletic ability is restricted because you are using some of the strength that could be put into swinging your golf club faster and getting more distance into just holding yourself upright.

This swing stance is easy to spot and correct. When you are ready to address the ball, check and see if you can lift your toes off the ground one at time. If you can not then you are leaning too far forward and your center of gravity is not where it needs to be. Straighten up your posture until you can do the toe lifts one at a time before you swing. If you can lift both feet at once, your weight is too far back.

The reason this imbalance shortens the distance from your swing is that when your weight is off center you end up moving your hips in the middle of the swing thus not getting the longest swing possible and not the fastest club head speed when you contact the ball. Remember that club speed equals golf club distance.