This was a very popular question during my recent Twitter poll. The 7 iron is my favorite club in my bag and it is one that I have the most confidence hitting. Not sure why this is, but it is a fact I accept and use to my advantage. Recently, I started to wonder if I was getting the most distance out of this club and started to muse on whether I should try to increase my hitting distance. As I am always trying to improve my game, I thought this might be an area I should explore.
Recently I as how far players hit their 7 iron without trying to squeeze extra distance during their swing. I was not really surprised by the responses:
Personally, I fit into answer B, 141 to 160 yards. I routinely hit the ball 150- 155 yards in the air with a little bit of roll out. I use this distance as my gauge for a routine 7 iron. I works well for me and I produce a very consistent distance; hence, it is my go to club.
I received many responses outside of the poll and most described their clubs and the exact distances that they hit the ball. I thought this was fantastic because I have always believed that knowing how far your clubs travel is very important to shooting low golf scores. It is a skill that takes some time to develop, but is invaluable when playing.
According to Golf Digest in their 2017 article, the average distance for amateurs is answer A – 133.48 yards. Here is video supporting their claim:
Considering the people I have played with over the past 10 years, I think the 7 iron distance a bit short. However, I would be considered a very small sample group and thus my numbers would be askew to longer distances. I always thought that 150 yards the norm, but I have no scientific data to back that up.
In the big scheme of things, how far others hit their 7 iron is irrelevant. It all comes down to how well you hit this club and the confidence you have swinging it.
The 7 iron is my go to club and I hit it between 150 and 155 yards. What is your go to club and its distance?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!