Golf Tips to Choose the Right Golf Club as You Play

Many beginner to intermediate golfers have little to no idea how to choose the right golf club for a particular shot. With that said, here are a few golf tips to help with proper golf club selection. Over time, you should tailor these golf tips to your own distances and preferences.

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Club Selection and Typical Distances: Woods and Pitching

“Typical” Distances for Irons and Clubs

For the beginner golfer, below are two useful tables excerpted from the Golf Genie Tee to Green Pocket Guide to help choose the right golf club for a particular distance you wish to hit the golf ball. Keep in mind that these “Typical Distances” are for the average golfer based on interviews with dozens of PGA teaching professionals and amateur golfers by Golf Genie researchers and should be observed as guidelines only when choosing the right golf club for you.

Golf Club Selection and Typical Distances – Irons
Iron Men Typical Distance Women Typical Distance
4 IRON 170 yards 120 yards
5 IRON 160 yards 110 yards
6 IRON 150 yards 100 yards
7 IRON 140 yards 90 yards
8 IRON 130 yards 80 yards
9 IRON 115 yards 70 yards
PITCHING WEDGE 105 yards 60 yards
SAND WEDGE 80 yards 50 yards
Golf Club Selection and Typical Distances – Woods and Pitching
Iron Men Typical Distance Women Typical Distance
DRIVER 230 yards 175 yards
3 WOOD 215 yards 150 yards
5 WOOD 195 yards 135 yards
HYBRID 188 yards 130 yards
PITCHING FULL SHOT (LOB WEDGE) 60 yards 50 yards
PITCHING ½ SHOT (LOB WEDGE) 45 yards 40 yards
PITCHING ¼ SHOT (LOB WEDGE) 30 yards 25 yards

The tables above do not take into account wind, downhill or uphill lies, elevated tees or elevated greens. So, when looking to choose the right golf club in those situations, add or take away a few clubs depending on the severity of the elevation change. A decent, albeit unscientific golf tip to select the right golf club is take one or less extra club for every 10 yards of elevation change. Light to moderate wind can add or deduct 1 to 2 clubs as well depending if it is in front or behind you. Based on these golf tips combined with regular course play (and “feel”), we hope you have the fundamentals to choose the right golf club every time you play.

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