Distances with Irons

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Distances with Irons

A lot of handicap amateur golfers struggle with not knowing how far they hit the golf ball, so this article on distances with irons will hopefully shed some light on the loft of the iron that you are using and also approx. what sort of distance you should be getting with them.

Firstly what you need to understand is that certain golf manufacturers have different specs on their golf clubs, so it’s not as easy as it sounds to understand that, over the last 30 to 40 years manufacturers have de-lofted a lot of their irons so the amateur golfer feels like he or she is hitting it further than with their previous clubs – so very much a marketing ploy by the big brand golf manufacturers.

So to keep it simple these lofts on all the irons are approx. and you need to understand that these can change by brand but these figures are a good yardstick to work from, the approx. lofts on the irons are as follows: Distances with Irons - Rack of Irons

Lob Wedge – 60 Degrees 
Sand Wedge – 55 Degrees
Gap Wedge – 50 Degrees
Pitching Wedge – 45 Degrees
9 Iron – 41 Degrees
8 Iron – 37 Degrees
7 Iron 34 Degrees
6 Iron – 31 Degrees
5 Iron – 28 Degrees
4 Iron – 25 Degrees

To give you some average distances for these clubs for the average say 40-year-old golfer with some type of capability his distances would be as follows:

Lob Wedge – 40 Yards
Sand Wedge – 70 Yards
Gap Wedge – 90 Yards
Pitching Wedge 105 Yards
9 Iron – 120 Yards
8 Iron – 130 Yards
7 Iron – 140 Yards
6 Iron – 150 Yards
5 Iron – 160 Yards
4 Iron – 170 Yards

You have to use these distances as a rough rule of thumb because you need to take into account:

Player to Player
Manufacturer to Manufacturer
Model to Model
Golf Ball to Golf Ball Distances with Irons - Golf Irons

Even temperature plays an important part of how the ball carries with varying temperatures, Phil Mickelson once said that on a hot day his 7 iron could travel 185 yards compared to a normal temperature day when it could travel 170 yards, so you can see the distances can vary enormously.

To give you an idea what the average touring professional hits the golf ball on the PGA Tour, the numbers are as follows:

Lob Wedge – 75 to 95 Yards
Sand Wedge – 115 to 120 Yards
Gap Wedge is seldom used in the pro game so no figures for that one I am afraid!
Pitching Wedge – 130 to 135 Yards
9 Iron – 140 to 155 Yards
8 Iron – 150 to 170 Yards
7 Iron – 165 to 180 Yards
6 Iron – 180 to 190 Yards
5 Iron – 195 to 205 Yards
4 Iron – 210 to 220 Yards

To give you an idea on how golf balls and equipment has changed in recent years, in 1993 Greg Norman used a driver and a four iron to reach the green at Royal St Georges which measured 460 yards tee to green – in 2003 Tiger Woods played the same hole with the same length with a 3 wood off of the tee and a pitching wedge – so the new advanced equipment is hitting the golf ball further.

So in conclusion, hit the golf club that suits your capability and also suits the distances that you hit the golf ball, bearing in mind these numbers are all average numbers but should give you a better indication on how far handicap amateur golfers should be hitting the golf ball.

Another article you might also find useful CLICK HERE to read about how to maximise your distances.

I hope that this article has been useful to help with your distances with irons, if you have any questions regarding this article please do not hesitate to leave me a comment below I will be glad to respond to any comments emailed me.

Happy Golfing as Always.


Michael Baker
Bogeys to Birdies

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8 Responses

  1. Thanks Ann most appreciated, keep in touch for future articles.

    Bogeys to Birdies

  2. Ann says:

    Best article you’ve ever done keep up the good work !!

  3. Bogeys to Birdies says:

    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for the feedback about my article Distance with Irons, so glad that you enjoyed the article, I just wish that more golfers see the light and get the correct clubs for their game and not what the manufacturers drum into their head that they should have.

    Keep in touch.


    Michael Baker

    Bogeys to Birdies – Golf Tips for Serious Golfer

  4. steve says:

    Really enjoyed the article. As an avid golfer I completely agree with everything in this article. I experienced this fist hand. when i first started golfing i was using hand me down clubs, they were decent clubs, but once I had enough money to upgrade especially a new set of irons I noticed a big difference in how far I was hitting the ball.

  5. Bogeys to Birdies says:

    Hi Rhett,

    Thanks for your feedback regarding the article Distance with Irons, there is not difference when the same material is used it is just the way they are manufactured IE ‘Speed Pockets’, ‘Forged’ or ‘Not Forged’, there are a few different way they are made but these above are the most common.

    If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to drop me a message.


    Michael Baker

    Bogeys to Birdies – Golf Tips for the Serious Golfer

  6. Rhett says:

    I never would have thought about manufacturers de-lofting their golf clubs; that is pretty clever, even if a bit dishonest marketing! Furthermore, the difference between amateur golfers and pro golfers distances per hit is phenomenal! I am lucky to even make it close to your amateur average distances… One question for me: How does different golf club construction materials affect distances?

  7. Hi There, thanks for your feedback about distance with irons, it is always great to get feedback knowing that all our articles are easy to understand and that you found it useful. Keep in touch, regards. Michael

  8. Alan Yusof says:

    Good to know the principles of iron and its loft which have improved tremendously in distances especially for amateur and beginner golfers to understand. I am very happy to know that i hit a 135 yards on a seven iron ….but every other longer irons i just increase 5 yards on it.

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