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#1 1913Open

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 07:54 PM

Whats the average golfers distance with a 7 iron?


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Posted 15 July 2007 - 08:00 PM

do you want like everyone here to chime in? or are you wondering for just the 'average golfer'? whatever that means, anyways, i suppose the weekend golfer hits 7 iron about 150 maybe less,
my 7 iron distance is right around 165-175

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 08:01 PM

tough question.  variable for a lot of people (rarely do good players hit full speed or the same shot, instead they're looking for a trajectory or a specific result rather than full distance).  

i'd say average has to be anywhere from 140-170 with huge variance.

for myself, around 165 full, but play it more for 160-150.

Edited by sleepy_augusto, 15 July 2007 - 08:04 PM.


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Posted 15 July 2007 - 08:09 PM

For me, it's 167 now.  I've maxed it out at 193 (downwind, downhill slightly) and hit it from 143 today.  All I'm normally concerned with when I play is what trajectory do I need to get the ball close to the hole.  I know I can hit it x yards, but is that the right decision?  Things like that...

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 08:18 PM

I hit it comfortable around 160. When I hit a low shot it carries 150 only. My all out-adrenaline-I'm going to hurt myself swing puts it at like 185.


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Posted 15 July 2007 - 08:28 PM

My solid comfortable shot is around 175

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 08:32 PM

Average: 140 ish for adult male.  most say they hit it 150 though.

Mine:  Solid for around 170-175

But remember who visits this site...most eat, sleep, breathe golf, and are far from "average"

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 08:37 PM

I've got an instructional book that has a little breakdown. It states that for the average male golfer he should hit the 7 iron 120-140 yards. I hit it around 130-140 yds.

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 08:41 PM

The average golfer hits his driver about 198 and thinks he hits it 227, so you can draw your own conclusions as to many of these claims.

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 09:05 PM

From what I've seen, around 145 to 155 average but that's including a lot of older guys I play with. I'm playing 1" long 105g shafts and figure mine for around 165-170carry.

As far as those 198yd. averages... I've yet to see anyone under about 90yrs. old who doesn't hit a driver 198yds. on a "good" (for them anyway) swing. I suppose if you include the twice a year crowd that shoots 134 even with 7 mulligans and go through 16 Top Flites in one round. Those are not "golfers".  I'm basing my estimates on what I see at the 120-140 slope tracks I play.


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Posted 15 July 2007 - 09:07 PM

Loaded question....  :partytime2:

For me..140 yards.  If I get a little buttock into it, 150, but I have no idea where it's going!

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 09:17 PM

I have hit my 7 iron 180 before, but the comfortable distance with it is 165. i used it to hit a shot 150 yards last week and stuffed it to 10 feet pin high.

the yardage with all my clubs is variable, so here are the yardages i play for out of different situations with a full swing.

tee-170
fairway-165
rough-160
sand-155ish
pinestraw-160
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Posted 15 July 2007 - 09:40 PM

my 7 iron is anywhere from 140-175... i guess a normal high trajectory shot would be in the 160ish range...

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 09:43 PM

160-175 I can hit mine, a stock one would be about 165 to be exact

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 10:04 PM

My safest shorts are my knockdown shots so I normally only use it for about 150 of carry plus some role. When my friend lost a bet and had to caddy for me a round he tricked me into hitting a 7 iron into a 183 yard par 3 and somehow(I must have pured it) it dropped just past the flag and unlike most of my shots trickled back. Just one of those days.


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Posted 15 July 2007 - 10:15 PM

With my strong-lofted Nickent 7-iron (30*), I can comfortably get 150.  The course I regularly play at has a few holes where it's level from about 160 to the green, and I've found myself right by the white marker many times and hit a 7-iron "somewhere" on the green.

I did hit one 165-ish one time, but it was downhill and I really went after the ball much harder than I normally would, because the green was itsy-bitsy, teeny-tiny.

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 11:07 PM

Usually between 150 - 160 yds

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Posted 15 July 2007 - 11:43 PM

View Postezra76, on Jul 15 2007, 10:05 PM, said:

From what I've seen, around 145 to 155 average but that's including a lot of older guys I play with. I'm playing 1" long 105g shafts and figure mine for around 165-170carry.

As far as those 198yd. averages... I've yet to see anyone under about 90yrs. old who doesn't hit a driver 198yds. on a "good" (for them anyway) swing. I suppose if you include the twice a year crowd that shoots 134 even with 7 mulligans and go through 16 Top Flites in one round. Those are not "golfers".  I'm basing my estimates on what I see at the 120-140 slope tracks I play.

See, that's the key, though. People say their averages are when they nut their drivers, when in reality, they are going to average much closer to 200 yards. Ernie Els may be able to hit his driver 380 yards once a year at Sony, but it would be a bs answer for him to say I hit my driver 380.

I'd base it on the "average" golfer being the guy who has a handicap of around 17 and generally has a good day when he plays bogey golf. Yeah, he may hit 1-10 230-240, but that's like Albert Pujols saying he hits a homerun every AB.

This thread is a perfect example of why every pro has the same criticism of all their pro-am partners:

They never use enough club.

Edited by ricknoberts, 15 July 2007 - 11:44 PM.


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Posted 16 July 2007 - 12:47 AM

Comfortable distance is 175.  Only push it up to 180 when between yardages and conditions are favorable.  Not really sure what the average male would hit a 7 iron.   I know when I started playing golf I hit mine about 150, playing with shafts that were too flexible and not knowing how to hit down on the ball.

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 12:51 AM

about 160 for me


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Posted 16 July 2007 - 12:57 AM

playing 3 months, was hitting it 120-130, but after a couple of lessons it has increased 140-150 over the last couple of weeks.

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 07:28 AM

My 7i carries about 140.

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 07:50 AM

We must have some shaved gorillas playing here.  For me 7i carries 155-160.

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 08:02 AM

I hit my 7 around 168 yards, this figure is taken off a vector launch monitor .

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 08:14 AM

FLAT CONDITIONS, NO WIND:  168 is my perfect SMOOTH 7 iron distance also, I can take some off or go after it a little harder, but I go to 6 when 175 comes into play...

Taking this into account, I usually use a 7 when I'm anywhere from 161-173 (I'd rather take more club than less and smooth it)...

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 08:21 AM

The fifth at my club is 174 par 3 which is a 7 iron most days.

But with the wind up I've taken as much as 3 clubs more so it pays not to be precious about hitting a certain iron on a certain hole because "that's what I always hit"

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 08:22 AM

for me 155 to 160 yds...

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 09:17 AM

For me R7XD stiff shafts, I hit it about 175-180 in the air and 185+ total.

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 11:11 AM

7i is in the 160-170 range for me.

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Posted 16 July 2007 - 11:44 AM

my standard 36 degree 7 iron (my irons were bent one deg. weak) carries 160-165.  i can get one to go 175, but i'm out of my comfort zone there.  

i'm surprised no one has brought up the issue of loft.  my 7 iron may be someone else's 6 or their 8.  

average also depends on the age group, methinks.  most guys in their 20's can hit their 7 iron 160+, even if their handicap is more than their age.  but i would think that the average recreational 20 handi golfer in their 40s is closer to 140-145 with their 7 iron.  

generally, the lower the handicap, the longer the player, but i think you get a lot of overlap at with mid handicappers.  an 18 handicap can hit their 7 iron with some consistency, but i've seen too many of them overswing (esp. the young guys), whereas you're less likely to see that from an 8 or a 10.  i know this one guy who hits his standard 7 iron 175, but he can't hit it any harder than that if he wanted to.  

i'm also intrigued by those random playing partners that ask me what club i hit, when they have no idea how far my 8 iron or whatever goes (of course that's different from your regular playing buddies).


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