There are several factors that impact golf club distance. The weight, loft, and forgiveness of the golf club has a significant impact on distance, along with the swing speed, conditions, and how close to the center of the golf club the ball was struck.
Now that you have a better idea of how far golf clubs are supposed to go, it may help to know the factors that impact golf club distance. As all great players know, there are hundreds of things that can come up in the course of a round that will impact your game. Here are a few of the most significant factors when it comes to golf club distance.
Weight of Golf Club
Heavier golf clubs are harder to swing. If you play with a golf club with a steel shaft in it, the club will be considerably heavier than that with a graphite shaft. When you swing this club, it will, without a doubt, impact the distance that you can get.
IF you have lots of club head speed or swing speed, playing a heavy golf club can help you get some extra distance. For those that have a slower swing speed, the lightweight club is the best possible choice. Remember that in addition to the flex of the golf club, the weight and material of the shaft will have an impact on the overall distance.
Golf club lofts will impact how far the ball can go. For example, let’s take your lob wedge, which most likely has about 60 degrees of loft. When you swing with the lob wedge, the ball gets quite a bit of height, but it won’t get nearly as much distance. The 3 wood, on the other hand, has about 15 degrees of loft.
With the 3 wood, you will get a much lower ball flight but quite a bit more distance and roll as well. Loft will have a significant impact on how far you can hit your golf clubs. In recent years lofts have been changed considerably on irons. A typical 6 iron today has the same loft as a 5 iron from years ago.
Forgiveness Of The Club
When you miss the center of the clubface, not only is the ball going to travel on a bad line, it is also very likely going to lose yardage. When you play with game improvement clubs, you will notice that you can get a much easier distance. In other words, you can miss the center of the clubface but still get plenty of yardages. If you are a higher handicapper looking to increase your average distance, choose something that is much more forgiving.
Swing Speed of The Golfer
On the shorter irons like a sand wedge, pitching wedge or nine iron, a golfer’s swing speed is not going to have as much of an impact on distance. However, as the golf club length gets longer, a golfer’s swing speed will significantly impact the distance a ball can travel.
As all great golfers know, your average distance can be impacted by the weather conditions. Golf balls are going to move differently depending on wind, rain, and even humidity. A golfer hitting a pitching wedge at a high elevation will easily fly it past a golfer at sea level. Weather and atmosphere are going to change the distances for golf clubs.
A golfer needs to establish a baseline of how far they hit each golf club. When you figure out this baseline, you can understand that high winds can impact by ten to twenty yards. You may realize that rain takes about five yards off your shots. However, you will still need to know the average distance that you hit each of your clubs. Once you have these numbers established, you can then start looking into how weather plays a role.