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The average driving distance for male amateur golfers by age



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 Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected]



  1. Steve Lack

    Jul 15, 2022 at 2:54 pm

    I guess I am the only one here to admit I wish I could hit as far as my age group. At least I hit most fairways, eventually. On a good day when its warm out and my lower back is loose enough I can hit my 69 age average for a while. On a side note I just tested positive for being in Senior flex range. Time to reshaft.

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  4. 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.

  5. craig

    Nov 2, 2020 at 5:33 pm

    I wish this was also done by handicap 🙂

  6. 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!

    • JT

      Nov 26, 2020 at 5:51 pm

      You must be in the 190.4 category.

    • Marc Plante

      Aug 31, 2022 at 8:23 am

      How inaccurate? All our does is drop a pin at the beginning and end of every shot as you move around the course. The deceptive part is it didn’t account for half swings, chunks, alternative uses of clubs (bump and run with a 7 iron. I’m old school), so the stats are going to run lower than what people feel their working distances are.

      You have to take the numbers with a grain of salt. That being said, after using it for a year, I find a combination of basic launch monitor for distances and manual error tracking are better tools for me to track my game.

  7. 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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  9. 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.

  10. alfred

    Oct 20, 2020 at 10:50 am

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

  11. 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…

  12. 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

      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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. 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?

  18. 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…

    • Oddie.

      Aug 5, 2022 at 3:18 am

      Exactly what I was going to say! I’d probably like to see a few percentiles thrown in up at 70, 80 etc

  19. 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 for further clarification.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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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Cam Smith fires shot at ‘irrelevant’ OWGR system



Add Champion Golfer of the Year, Cameron Smith to those who are raising questions about the current state of the Official World Golf Rankings.

Fresh off a victory at the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship, the current world number 3 will likely see a freefall in the rankings as time goes by. As it stands, golfers playing on the LIV Tour won’t receive OWGR points for the foreseeable future.

Smith told media at the Australian Open:

“I’m still third on the list somehow, but as time goes on, I think those rankings become more and more irrelevant, especially with not getting world ranking points in those LIV events.”

The win last week at Royal Queensland did grant Smith some OWGR points, but only 10, which won’t make much of a dent.

Smith will be teeing it up again this week at Victoria Golf Club in Melbourne and is looking to become the first golfer since Greg Chalmers in 2011 to win both the Australian PGA and Australian Open in back-to-back starts.

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Semi-retired LPGA star reveals impressive victory over Cam Smith



In a year that saw Cameron Smith win the Sentry Tournament of Champions, The Players Championship, the 150th Championship at St. Andrews and last week’s Fortinet Australian PGA Championship, we finally have a defeat for the Australian superstar.

At the Australian Open this week at Victoria Golf Club in Melbourne, Karrie Webb, who’s also playing in the tournament in which the men’s and women’s competition will take place simultaneously, revealed that she challenged Smith to a match prior to this year’s Open.

Webb has won the Australian Open five times and challenged Smith to a game at her home course in the U.S. The pair bet a bottle of wine on the match.

“He brought over a bottle of Grange – if he’d told me on the first tee that was what we were playing for I probably wouldn’t have played so good.” The 47-year-old Webb said.

“I had him sign the bottle and said I’m not going to drink this until one of us wins a big tournament and then two weeks later he did (at the Open) so now we’ve got to have a drink to celebrate.”

Despite them not getting the entire round in, Smith fell to the Aussie veteran.

“I was ahead when we got rained out, so he paid up,” 

Smith is looking to become the first golfer since Greg Chalmers in 2011 to win both the Australian PGA and Australian Open.

“I haven’t won one of these yet and this has been on my radar now for a long time,” the world No.3 Smith said.

“I’ve been close a few times and haven’t quite got it done, so no better week than to win one in Melbourne.

“The plan was to come down here (to Australia) and win both of them and I ticked one box. Hopefully I can do one more this week.

“It would be a really nice way to finish off a really good year.”

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‘WTF is this sh*t!?’ – Tour pro rages over current OWGR system



Going into the high-level finale of the DP World Tour, Jon Rahm took a swipe at the way the world rankings are formulated.

The then-world No. 6 was blunt in his statement, when declaring: “I think the OWGR right now is laughable.”

Rahm’s argument was that it was ludicrous that the winner of a field containing Rory McIlroy et al should be receiving less ranking points than the winner of the RSM Classic, containing more players, but with far less strength in depth.

“Depth of field doesn’t mean a better tournament.I could go on and on,” Rahm said. “I think they have missed the mark on that stance quite a bit.”

He isn’t the only one with that view.

Australian Tour player David Micheluzzi is in a rich vein of form, winning his first event at the beginning of October and continuing with a top-20 and three top-10 finishes, including at last weekend’s Australian PGA, a field containing Cam Smith, Adam Scott, Min Woo Lee and Marc Leishman amongst other home notables.

However, that sixth place finish entitled him to just 2.01 ranking points, compared to double the amount received when ninth in a weaker field at the same event 11 months ago.

The 26-year-old took to social media to express his frustration with the ‘new’ system:

Still, he didn’t seem to mind the response from ex-pro Mike Clayton, reminding him of the $45,000 he won for his efforts:

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