PGA Tour golfers are, not surprisingly, capable of hitting the ball farther than the average player — not only off the tee, but also with each club in their bag. A pro player is also careful to note how far they can hit each club, so they know which iron, wood or hybrid to pull from their bag during tournament play. The PGA Tour, meanwhile, keeps a variety of statistics regarding the distances that players typically hit the ball with each club.
Average Carry Per Club
According to TrackMan stats taken from the PGA Tour in 2014, the average carry (the distance a ball travels in the air) of a shot hit with a driver by a Tour player was 275 yards. An average 3-wood shot carried 243 yards and the average 5-wood carried 230 yards. The typical carry for a 3-iron shot was 212 yards, for a 4-iron 203, for a 5-iron 194, for a 6-iron 183, for a 7-iron 172, for an 8-iron 160, and for a 9-iron 148. The average PGA Tour pitching wedge shot carried 136 yards.
Average Total Yards Per Club
According to the Leaderboard website, PGA Tour players’ average 4-iron shots travel 210 to 220 yards (including the roll). They can hit 5-iron shots 195 to 205 yards, 6-iron shots 180 to 190 yards, 7-iron shots 165 to 180 yards, 8-iron shots 150 to 170 yards, and 9-iron shots 140 to 155 yards. The average distance for a pitching wedge is 130 to 135 yards, for a sand wedge 115 to 120 yards, and for lob wedges 75 to 95 yards.
Average Yards for LPGA Players
According to TrackMan stats taken from the LPGA Tour in 2014, the average female professional’s driver carries 218 yards. Her 3-, 5- and 7-woods carry 195, 185 and 174 yards respectively. LPGA pros hit 4-irons an average of 169 yards, 5-irons 161, 6-irons 152, 7-irons 141, 8-irons 130, and 9-irons 119 yards. Typical pitching wedge shots total 107 yards.
Dustin Johnson was the PGA Tour’s longest hitter off the tee in 2015, averaging 317.7 yards on his tee shots, according to PGA Tour statistics. Other notable names such as Bubba Watson, Jason Day, and Adam Scott also topped the 310-yard mark, as they averaged 315.2, 313.7, and 311.6 yards respectively. The median average driving distance that year was a still very impressive 289.8 yards by Sangmoon Bae. Driving distance has stayed pretty steady over the past decade, but has seen a large increase from the 260 average of the early 1990s.
PGA Tour players of the early 21st century unquestionably hit the ball farther than throughout the 20th century. A 2012 Golf Digest article noted that the average PGA Tour drive traveled 260.4 yards in 1993, then jumped over 20 yards in a span of 10 years to 287.8 yards in 2003. The article cited golf ball technology as “the biggest reason” for the increase in driving distance. Distances have normalized since then and have only seen a swing of 1–2 yards from year to year, possibly due to the release of a joint statement of principles made by the USGA and Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in 2002 warning of the undesirability of golf ball distance gains.