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The average driving distance for male amateur golfers by age

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Earlier this week we took a look at the average driving distance for male amateur golfers in each handicap range, and it got many of our members curious as to how the average driving distance would look if it were broken down by age.

Well, thanks to Arccos Golf, we can take a look at that.

Arccos Golf conducted an annual study culminating in the company’s distance report published in February, which included the average driving distance of amateur golfers in different age categories.

The data is based on the average taken from over 26 million shots hit from golfers from scratch level to a 25 index. Here are the findings for 2019:

Average Driving Distance By Age in 2019:

  • 10-19: 234.2 yards
  • 20-29: 239.7 yards
  • 30-39: 233.7 yards
  • 40-49: 225.9 yards
  • 50-59: 215.4 yards
  • 60-69: 204.5 yards
  • 70+: 190.4 yards

For clarification purposes, the yardages above are based on total roll-out numbers, not just carry.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Concrete Logan

    Aug 7, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    Awesome overview! Thank you for taking the time to review this product. I cant wait to give it a shot.

  2. craig

    Nov 2, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    I wish this was also done by handicap 🙂

  3. Imafitter

    Nov 1, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    LOL…Was that an April Fools early/late joke! Oh, Arccos was involved! That makes a difference! Their system is a JOKE! Inaccurate, unreliable, a COMPLETE waste of money, both buying the junk and subscribing to it! I’m surprised Golf WRX, which I consider an excellent source for equipment information, stoops so low to let this POS company’s information shove this misinformation in our faces!

  4. JP

    Oct 29, 2020 at 8:07 am

    I’m 48 years old and fly it 280 off the tee. I think these stats are for the average public course dude.

    • Robin Suntheimer

      Nov 10, 2020 at 10:38 am

      My husband is 57 years old and his tee shots are on average 260 yards and has hit some 300 yards but those are rare. Our son is 35 and his drives are on average 310 yards and that is on a bad day. I wish I could hit my drive even close to the stats but oh well.

      • Mike

        Nov 11, 2020 at 8:35 am

        310 average on a bad day? What college program does he play for?

    • RAY

      Nov 16, 2020 at 8:54 am

      As opposed to the country club snob such as yourself?

      What an arrogant, stupid statement, implying that a public course golfer hits it shorter..
      Absolutely clueless.

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  6. TacklingDummy

    Oct 23, 2020 at 10:38 pm

    That chart has to be wrong. I’m 99 years old and getting 300+ yards uphill into a 30mph wind with no roll.

    • James Maron

      Nov 2, 2020 at 2:12 pm

      I’m 105, I walk 20 miles to the course each way and play with a spoon, niblick and my Billy Baroo using featheries….I hit it about 375 with a slight fade. Never shot over par.

      You tell that to the young kids today and they don’t believe you.

  7. alfred

    Oct 20, 2020 at 10:50 am

    Seems about 20-25 yards shorter than what the avid golfer would hit.

  8. Golf

    Oct 19, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    What about the average Golfwrx player?

    • Jason G

      Oct 24, 2020 at 10:19 am

      This can’t be accurate. I fit people everyday that claim they hit it “265-275 yards, but when I hit is good, it’s over 300.” Don’t even get me started about Golfwrx guys…

  9. Benny

    Oct 18, 2020 at 7:57 am

    Awesome!! This proves what many chicks told me through the years. I am way above average! =)

    • RAY

      Nov 16, 2020 at 8:56 am

      Agree.
      The GolfWrx crowd are usually the blowhards who cant keep it out of the woods

      • DS

        Nov 25, 2020 at 10:33 am

        That would be me. I usually hit it pretty solidly (drove a 311 yard hole this spring) but routinely hit it solidly into the trees. Cured my fade/slice with a newly found (and hopefully soon to be gone) pull/pull-hook. Actually have a decent short game and can putt but it’s Forrest Gump off the tee.

  10. The Dude

    Oct 17, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Well, I don’t know about Arcccos golf, But I hit a 9 degree TaylorMade M6 270 yards carry. I’m 57 years old. No shit. I’m feeling pretty good.

  11. Acemandrake

    Oct 17, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    Broad generalizations that ring true for me: Drove it 240 yards at 20 & 200 yards at 60.

  12. JP4956

    Oct 17, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    This info is semi-interesting but really useless to any individual. It doesn’t matter how far people drive it, it only matters how far YOU drive it.

  13. Jimbo

    Oct 17, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    Makes no difference what tees you hit from in determining avg distance. Excluding a whole bunch of golfer’s over 25 hdcp does

  14. Nic

    Oct 17, 2020 at 9:10 am

    My question is: are these stats based on using a driver only?;are par 3s included?

    • stephen

      Oct 19, 2020 at 1:25 pm

      Your stupid

      • jacob

        Oct 19, 2020 at 2:32 pm

        When calling someone stupid, you might want to use proper grammar. You are, you’re, not your.

      • El Tigre

        Oct 22, 2020 at 10:15 am

        What about his stupid?

  15. Lies and Statistics

    Oct 16, 2020 at 10:24 pm

    I really hate when they say average. We’d all get a lot more out of the median. Think of all the duffed shots figured into this…

  16. Doug H

    Oct 16, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    Yes playing from the correct tee is a lot more fun however seniors who played from a course rating of 71 have to surrender two shots to a player teeing from a course rating of 73, playing the course with the course rating of 73 is a couple hundred yards longer so to be fair the shorter course player has to surrender the two shots this is per instructions from the USGA handicap system go to usga.org for further clarification.

  17. ken

    Oct 16, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    These figs look spot on to me.
    If one plays the correct tees, distance is not their priority. Keeping it in play and leaving one’s self in position to score, is.
    I’ve played and taken pointers from two friends of mine that are/were PGA teaching pros. Both say “no, you can’t hit it as far as your believe”.
    Best advice…..Leave ego in parking lot.

  18. Scott Biller

    Oct 16, 2020 at 11:55 am

    All the more reason for people to play from the correct tee box. It’s no fun being unable to teach a par 4 in reg if you hit 2 good shots. Leave your ego in the bedroom. You still have to chip and putt. Pats and birdies are fun

    • Not Gianni

      Oct 16, 2020 at 1:36 pm

      Precisely! I consider the choice of tees both a test of intelligence and humility.

  19. ddetts

    Oct 16, 2020 at 8:19 am

    Ok, now do a cross-tabulation (2-way table) showing the average driving distance for handicap x age.

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