How To Determine How Far You Hit Your Clubs

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Paul Wilson is the creator of Swing Machine Golf and founder of Ignition Golf. Paul's golf swing technique is based on the Iron Byron swing machine. YouTube Channels: Paul Wilson Golf and Ignition Golf Tips. Please Join me on Google+

8 Responses to “How To Determine How Far You Hit Your Clubs”

  1. September 11, 2012


    Hi Paul
    Does this mean that, for instance, if i normaly use an 8 iron 150yds out, i should be able to use a sand wedge 120yds out? I’am asking because you didn’t talk about distances less than 150 yds.

    • September 11, 2012

      Paul Wilson

      Eriab, If you hit an 8 iron 150 each other club would be 10 yards more or less.

      3 = 200
      4 = 190
      5 = 180
      6 = 170
      7 = 160
      8 = 150
      9 iron = 140
      PW = 130
      GW = 120
      SW = (I only hit mine 90 yards) I think for me it gets to the point that it goes up not out. I hit it 100 or more but I would have to rip it (which I don’t like doing). So for 110 and 100 I do a full swing with Gap Wedge turning my body a medium and slow speed like I do in my pitching technique.

      Keep in mind a better player will be making better contact producing 10 yard increments. Poorer players with lower clubhead speed will usually only see 5 yard increments.

      Most average players I see hit their 7 iron 150 or less.


  2. September 11, 2012


    Thanks Paul
    It makes alot of sense.

  3. February 16, 2014


    Hi Paul

    Great tip. I assume with irons we expend the same energy for each swing. Meaning if we are swinging at 80% effort for our irons, we swing at 80% for a pw, 6 iron , all the way to 3iron. Same swing, same energy and the only reason each club up goes an extra 10 yards is due to length of club, loft and centrifugal force..meaning I am not swinging any harder from sw to 3 iron. Is my thinking correct?
    If so, my next question is with woods, and in particular driver , are you swinging and giving it exactly the same effort as with the irons? Or are we giving it extra ( and in line with your teaching , not necessarily hitting harder with our arms but turning faster). I assume with driver , we are giving it more energy ??


    • February 16, 2014

      Paul Wilson


      Right now, I want you swinging at the same pace. If you are confident and hit the ball well you can uncoil a little faster. When you do though, you should be at the level to recognize when too hard is too hard so you will instantly slow down to get it back.

      Tonight’s tip should help:

  4. Hi Paul
    I hit my 5 iron 150m. As a result I always fall short off greens on Par 4 which are 400m typically on my home course.

    How to improve the distance with irons in particular?



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