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  1. 1. How Far Do You Hit A 5 Iron?

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RARELY far enough

It doesn't matter if you are a 100 handicap. Statistics are essential. The last thing you want to do is hit a perfectly good shot but it ends up short or long because you didn't know your distance.

Depends on the day... I could chip it 20 yards... Knock it down and hit it 150... Hit a solid stock smooth one 195... Putt with it... Hit it from 100 yards... Or duff it 5 feet... Which shot would you

Uphill 165.....into a wind 155......downhill 185........downwind 195...........out of the rough 170..........off hard pan 205....... 60 degree day 168 : )

Thats a loaded question but my standard, flat lie, no wind, short grass, no elevatioin change, at 4500ft above sea level where I live, straight, no cut or draw, at 85 degree temps........175, or there abouts : ) Lots of things to consider.
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The wind here is usually that strong that I do not measure, but in a full swing on 8 out of 10 balls I usually get some consistency.

In these conditions it has more value to have more shots in the bag rather than the longest iron x or driver. I can hit my 5 iron from 100-160+ yards consistently 8 out of 10 balls.

I once played with a 0 handicap player in Luxembourg, and for the first 12 holes he was just owning the very long and hard course we were playing, very long hitter. Then the wind then picked up and his shots were suddenly all over the place. Mind you he stopped playing after 15 maybe because I then had the honour for the first few holes of the afternoon, or perhaps he didn't like my ugly golf. Guess he went to the range to measure his distance.

My advice is keep your distances constant, and have enough of play in your bag to counter all possible conditions. Distance bragging has no relevance when you add up your scorecard.
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lol at all the 15+ handicaps who hit there 5 iron 210 yards.... if ya say so

Too funny, I love this site, It always cheers be up!!

Personally I can hit a 5 iron 300 plus yards, but the wind has to be just right and the ball must bounce off the cart path twice and roll out 50 yards (so the grass must be really short too) OK It's really 185 Someone asked what handicap has to do with it. Well the question is how far do you hit a 5 iron, not how far can you. No way a 15+ handicap can expect to hit a 5 iron 205...unless they are a really big boy with fast tempo...that is not going to be many...most couldn't even hit 185 from the fairway, which is a reasonable distance for half the PGA tour pros...
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so im 2,400 feet above sea level, and im 18, 5 foot 8 and im hitting an average of 250-280 yards with my 5i. is that good? or am i just hitting it wrong which makes it go farther? also how far do you think i would hit with a 5i at sea level? also dont know my handycap. haha
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so im 2,400 feet above sea level, and im 18, 5 foot 8 and im hitting an average of 250-280 yards with my 5i. is that good? or am i just hitting it wrong which makes it go farther?...

You're hitting it wrong...you're supposed to do it on a golf course, not downhill on a paved roadway and counting the bounce/roll down the street in your distance.

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