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Top driver in the LPGA is Anne Van Dam who averaged 284 yards.

The top 135 drivers in the LPGA all average over 250 yards.

Stats from the ZoZo championship say that the top PGA driver was Tony Finau. He averaged 335

The top 135 for the men averaged at least 300 yards.

Last year I averaged 263 yards, again according to Arccos. If I can hit it 75% as far as the best men and 85% as far as the top 135, why would it be hard to believe that a woman golfer of a similar handicap wouldn't hit it 75% as far as the leading lady? and 85% as far as the top 135? For a woman to do that she'd need to average about 212 yards. 

I've played with a lot of females who's handicap is better than 8. My guess is they are averaging 212 yard drives. 

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6 hours ago, Mr22putt said:

You have seen or played golf with Alison Lee?

No, she practiced at my home course though. I saw her practice before she became that famous  :-)

Of course, it’s not that uncommon in So. Cal...

 

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23 minutes ago, Lihu said:

No, she practiced at my home course though. I saw her practice before she became that famous  :-)

Of course, it’s not that uncommon in So. Cal...

 

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most women i see on the range are hitting it waaaay less than 200 even on solid strikes.  I played with a woman a few years back who had a great swing and was carrying it over 200 for sure.  she however was a former cpga professional so it's kind of expected. I realize there are physical differences between men and women that are pretty obvious, but sometimes I feel like a lot of women I see just arent 'going after it' when it comes to speed

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10 hours ago, ChetlovesMer said:

I must be blessed by knowing a lot of very good female golfers. There are many (obviously not all, not even the majority) I've played with who hit 200 yard drives regularly. I would say it's far from a rarity. 

My natural follow up question is how far do they hit their 7 iron?

I know my wife's 7 iron (pretty traditional loft) is her 125 club.

Hmmmm, 200 yards regularly but the 7-iron goes 125? Natalie is ~200 and hits her 7I 140.

10 hours ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Two questions for you Iacas, if her carry distance is 190, what's her average total distance? 

How far does your daughter hit her 7iron?

190, 138

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I played in a women's league for 2 years. There were four women out of 32 including myself who could top 200 yds off the tee. 7 irons were about 140. 3 of these women had handicaps under 10. One of them (me) couldn't keep the ball in the fairway. The average tee shot was between 150 and 180. The more athletic women could hit the ball about 190 and could shoot in the mid-80s. Those who hit the ball between 180 and 190 yds were bogey golfers. Those who hit the ball 170 yds still shot in the 90s. Those who hit 150 yds couldn't break 100. I have seen some high school girls drive the ball about 220 carry.

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7 hours ago, iacas said:

Hmmmm, 200 yards regularly but the 7-iron goes 125? Natalie is ~200 and hits her 7I 140.

190, 138

Hey @iacas should my wife be hitting he 7 iron farther?

When we look at her Arccos data we've always been focused on the top part of her bag. 

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Notice it her gaps get really bunched up around the 3,4,5,6 irons. 

She actually stopped carrying the 4 iron because it didn't go any further than the 5. 

I also think she should stick another wedge in her bag, but that's another discussion. 

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I have yet to play with a woman who can outdrive me with my 4 iron. 

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I've played with a couple LPGA Tour Pros and neither hit it all that far maybe 250-260. They had a hard time playing the back tees with us because it forced them to hit long irons or fairway woods into par 4s and par 3's and the par 5s were unreachable in 2. 

Watching our women's leagues at the course, I have yet to see one of them hit it over 200.

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2 hours ago, Killa said:

I have yet to play with a woman who can outdrive me with my 4 iron. 

Killa, I'm not trying to be rude here. But how far do you hit your 4 iron? Because according to Trackman data, a male of your handicap (31) will average about 177 yards with a driver. 

So, you hit your 4 iron, what like 140ish?

You really don't know any women who can hit their drives 140ish?? I find that hard to believe. I'm not saying it isn't true. But in fairness that means you don't know any decent female golfers. 

I just reread my post and it came out sounding kind of mean. It was not my intent to insult you Killa. I was just curious because I know quite a few good female golfers and by no means is a 200 yard drive for them a rarity. Hopefully, this will merge into the bottom of my previous post. 

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22 minutes ago, NM Golf said:

I've played with a couple LPGA Tour Pros and neither hit it all that far maybe 250-260. They had a hard time playing the back tees with us because it forced them to hit long irons or fairway woods into par 4s and par 3's and the par 5s were unreachable in 2. 

Watching our women's leagues at the course, I have yet to see one of them hit it over 200.

Wow, this is totally shocking to me! 

Not the part about not being able to play the back tees. There are many courses where I can't play the back tees either and I average around 260 with the driver. The part I'm amazed at is the part about not having any females in the league who can hit 200 yard drives. I know half-a-dozen females who can hit it that far. There were 2 females in my work league who nearly always out-drove all the men on hole number 2, in which the ladies tees were only 40 yards up from the men's. (I use number 2 as an example because it's a wide open driving hole, dead flat, lots of fairway.) I don't know any other women who use Arccos other than my wife. But I use it. And I know how far I'm hitting driver and they'd often beat me on that hole.

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29 minutes ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Killa, I'm not trying to be rude here. But how far do you hit your 4 iron? Because according to Trackman data, a male of your handicap (31) will average about 177 yards with a driver. 

So, you hit your 4 iron, what like 140ish?

You really don't know any women who can hit their drives 140ish?? I find that hard to believe. I'm not saying it isn't true. But in fairness that means you don't know any decent female golfers. 

I just reread my post and it came out sounding kind of mean. It was not my intent to insult you Killa. I was just curious because I know quite a few good female golfers and by no means is a 200 yard drive for them a rarity. Hopefully, this will merge into the bottom of my previous post. 

My 4 iron of the tee is in the 205-210 range. 
 

140 yards is somewhere on the top end of my 9 iron - I’m probably (trying to) hit a flighted 8 iron to that distance. 

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1 minute ago, Killa said:

My 4 iron of the tee is in the 205-210 range. 

If you are hitting 4 iron 205-210, why's your handicap so high? I don't mean to get off topic, but come on Killa! You're better than 31! (Read that last sentence with encouragement in your voice.) 

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Just now, ChetlovesMer said:

If you are hitting 4 iron 205-210, why's your handicap so high? I don't mean to get off topic, but come on Killa! You're better than 31! (Read that last sentence with encouragement in your voice.) 

Well I’m officially a 29 now. But over here only tournament rounds count for official handicapping purposes and I’ve only played in two the last two years (small children so I can’t play tournaments on weekends). 
 

Garmin golf sets my hcp at 21,8 (it’s where I score most of my rounds via my watch). And that’s because the last two years I’ve been working a lot on my full swing, a small bit on my short game and almost nothing on my putting. So last round for example was a 98 with 44 putts... so that’s a big reason 🙂 but my winter plans include a lot of putting and chipping practice so hopefully that will change in the spring right in time for the new hcp system. 

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Here's a chart...one of many on the internet that suggests women with caps of 6 and under can hit a driver 200+ on average.....but it doesn't indicate how consistent or accurate those 200+ yard drives are.

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How Far Do Average Golfers Actually Hit It? - These statistics show that average golfers probably aren't hitting it as far as you may think...

 

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2 hours ago, NM Golf said:

I've played with a couple LPGA Tour Pros and neither hit it all that far maybe 250-260. They had a hard time playing the back tees with us because it forced them to hit long irons or fairway woods into par 4s and par 3's and the par 5s were unreachable in 2. 

Watching our women's leagues at the course, I have yet to see one of them hit it over 200.

I assume these LPGA pros were not overly successful?

I assume the back tees were 7000+ yards in NM?

250-260 is not short for a LPGA pro or any female golfer.

Jin Young Ko...RR #1 is at 258 avg drive...which is about the mean on the LPGA and also ranked 11th in accuracy....leading to her to #1 in GIR's...leading to POY and leading money leader.

In Bee Park and Lydia Ko also use to win many times as short bunters....when their short games were on..they use to be hard to beat.

Inbee is now a P/T'er and Ko is now become basically a wash-out nowadays.

At sea level.....the top level LPGA pros can generally destroy a course at 6500-6650 yards.....typically sloped near or above 130.....I've seen it many times when I've attended LPGA events.

The gals on the LPGA can flat out play....especially the premier pros

Yes...many women's golf leagues are simply hit & giggle get togethers......with lots of 60+ year old women....the worst is playing behind them.....not knowing beforehand...ugh.

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11 hours ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Hey @iacas should my wife be hitting he 7 iron farther?

Well, that says her average is 201 with a driver. That's not quite what I'd call "200 yard drives regularly." When you said "200 regularly" I read that as "my wife hits her driver over 200 yards almost every time" which would put her average at 215 or something.

215 driver with 125 7I is off: I carry my 7I about 63% the distance of my driver. So 201 -> 126. She's right in the ballpark.

11 hours ago, ChetlovesMer said:

Notice it her gaps get really bunched up around the 3,4,5,6 irons.

She actually stopped carrying the 4 iron because it didn't go any further than the 5. 

I also think she should stick another wedge in her bag, but that's another discussion. 

Get her some hybrids man! Natalie doesn't have an iron below a 6I (except the short 4I she can use because she only has 13 clubs, and the 4I she punches out with once a month).

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On 10/28/2019 at 11:47 AM, shanksalot said:

There are long drive women who can get out close to 400 yards.

In the right conditions.  Remember, the LD comps, for both men and women, are usually ideal for LD hitting, but not always.  The LD women are topping out at 170, maybe 180 mph ballspeed with LD-spec equipment.  That ball speed is somewhat close to the upper ranks on the PGA Tour at 180.

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