It’s amazing when people come into the shop and want to get fitted for a club, the first question we always ask is, “How far do you normally hit your driver?”
Invariably, the answer almost always seems to be 300 yards. Not to say there aren’t people out there who hit the ball 300 yards, but I think it would be instructive to know how far the average tour player hits the ball.
I think these numbers will shock most people because what we usually see on TV is Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods….or most of the “flat belly’s” hitting drives 300+ yards on a regular basis.
So without offending the customers past or present who to this day will usually tell me my launch monitor is off because they made 10 swings and averaged 225 yards, here is the most current PGA Tour average "carry" distances:
So you see, not even the Tour Pro’s average 300 yards off the tee, and they play the best equipment, are in better shape, have the best instructors, latest technology, and play golf for a living.
I hope you find this at least somewhat of a surprise, and the next time someone asks you how far you hit your driver….it’s OK to say, “Oh about 225…”