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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. craig

    Nov 2, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    I wish this was also done by handicap 🙂

  2. 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!

  3. 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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  5. 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.

  6. alfred

    Oct 20, 2020 at 10:50 am

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

  7. 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…

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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?

  14. 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…

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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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Why are there so few left-handed golfers on the LPGA Tour? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the reasons behind the lack of left-handed players currently on the LPGA Tour. The only left-handed player to ever win on the LPGA Tour was Bonnie Bryant back in 1974, and WRXers have been sharing their theories on why we don’t see more lefties currently out on tour.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • mci771: “There are a few. While the game is growing by a lot, there are a lot fewer women golfers than men still. If you look at men’s golf, the majority are still right-handed. 5% on tour are lefty. If you assume that same 5% to women’s golf, it just isn’t a very big number.”
  • ThinkingPlus: “Per some statistical studies, of the left-handed population, there are 23% more men than women (from Wikipedia).”
  • kozubs: “My wife was just commenting on how difficult it is to find female gold attire. She was looking for some clothes for our niece who just started golfing this year, and she went on Golftown.ca and searched girls clothing a grand total of 9 items came up. 1 pair of shorts, one skirt, two short sleeve shirts and five long sleeve shirts. Pretty sad. I can only imagine how few left-hand girls equipment is available. Seems like an untapped market.”
  • Buzzkill: “My wife before I met her took up golf as a lefty and the teaching pro who she had lessons from had her switch to righty – that was in the ’80s. My lefty friend in the 70’s made the switch due to equipment available.”

Entire Thread: “Why are there so few left-handed golfers on the LPGA Tour?”

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‘Best day of my life’: Will Zalatoris gets engaged to longtime girlfriend

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Will Zalatoris’ life is going pretty good right now. The 24-year-old finished-runner up at the Masters on his debut earlier this month and now has announced his engagement to girlfriend Caitlin Sellers.

The Californian announced the news with a series of photos on his Instagram with the caption: “Best day of my life. I love you.”

 

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The two met at Wake Forest, and while Zalatoris skipped his senior year (for obvious reasons), Sellers graduated and then attained a Masters degree from the University of Texas.

The 24-year-old first posted a photo with his longtime girlfriend back in 2018.

 

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Is this Korn Ferry Tour player longer than Bryson DeChambeau ?

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Everyone knows that Bryson DeChambeau has a lot of clubhead speed—he’s averaging just over 133 mph this season—but the craziest thing isn’t what Bryson has done to his own game, it’s actually what he has inspired from other players.

One of the players gunning for a spot in the field via Monday qualifying at this week’s Valspar Championship was Korn Ferry Tour player John Somers. As it was pointed out by Monday Q info on Twitter, John could be one of the longest players in professional golf. To give you an idea of his length, here are some of his TrackMan numbers for his pitching wedge

His 6 iron

Although John hasn’t played in enough events to fully qualify for ranking within the stats on the Korn Ferry Tour, his average driving distance of 331.5 yards would put him solidly in the lead on the KFT by seven yards over the current longest player, Brent Grant, and 10 yards past Bryson DeChambeau, based on PGA Tour Shot Link data.

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