I am a senior golfer with a handicap of 2. I play most of the time on Muny courses about 6400 yards in length. My average club head speed with my driver is 93. My swing speed with my irons varies from 84 to 93 depending on the club. I play with Callaway Diablo's with regular flex graphite shafts. My average distances are:
The best part of my game is driving the ball be it with a driver or wood. My swing speed is around 91-96 measured by the Bridgestone swing team at Big Oak in June of this year. My drives usually go anywhere from 210-240 yds, of carry unless the ball is going down hill then it might be a bit longer. I don't see how folks with this swing speed even come close to 270 yds of carry? Now this being said I play a small muni in Hamlin NY alot just cause I like it and the greens are SUPERB. There is a par 3 at 290 and one on the back of 210. The one at 210 playing with my TM Firesole graphite irons I can reach with a 5 iron, the 4 iron flies the green. The 290 yd'er is down hill by alot so I usually punch a driver down to about the creek at around 240 and hit a sw to the green. I figure because the 290 is so down hill the actually level distance is considerably less. But in reallity getting back to club distances, my 5 iron is right around 170 carry on a level. Most other clubs are about 15 yds plus or minus. thanks
PS it seems that I hit to me what seem to be traditional lengths for the club I am using or close to it. ONce in a great while you will absolutely nut it with perfect rythm and timing but for me that aint' often
I posted this in another thread, but maybe it will do some good here too. Some real-world numbers from robot testing done to compare the predictions of four different driver fitting/trajectory analysis programs. Top to bottom, the numbers are: ball speed, launch angle, backspin, actual carry, predicted carry (x4), swing speed, effective loft, angle of attack.
It's pretty clear -- when you look at Robot 2 -- that even with an extremely efficient strike (hard for a human player to get such a positive angle of attack), anything close to 220 yards of carry is a very good shot with a 95 mph swing speed. (PS: The testing showed the second program was very inaccurate, so that outlier can be discarded.)
Actually, clubhead speed (swing speed) isn't the right metric for measuring average or anticipated distance. Instead, you need to focus on ball speed, which is typically a function of clubhead speed, the quality of the strike on the face, and ball spin. Ideally, with a driver, a pro will aspire to reach a 1.5 to 1 ball speed to clubhead speed ratio, which will result in the 290 - 300 yard drives we see on tour. Amateurs tend to see ratios closer to 1.25 or 1.3, which result in the ball not flying as fast or far, and spin can influence resistance in the air and overall roll of the ball (with the driver or fairway metals).
You should spend some time swinging with a launch monitor and evaluate your ball speed / clubhead speed ratio. I recently watched a friend hit a 7-iron with a clubhead speed of 80 mph and a ball speed of 90 mph. He was hitting the ball approximately 135 yards. Another player, who was a much lower handicap, was swinging his 7-iron at about 85 mph but achieved a ball speed of 100 - 105 mph. He was hitting a consistent 160 - 165 yards.
This is the foundation of the premise of "swing easier" or "swing at 80%" - the idea of swing efficiency. If you can swing with less effort and achieve better ball contact, you'll send the ball farther and straighter than if you wail at it but miss a center face shot.
Hope that helps!