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Get Fit For the Best Driver Length

Proper Driver Length

Large "name brand" manufacturers use a "standard" club length that is TOO long for 95% of men golfers and 99% of women golfers. These companies make drivers that are 45.5" to 46.5" where as the average length of drivers used by Tour Professionals is 44.5".

Why is this done? Because, companies advertise that the longer the length is, the longer you will hit the ball. Except it only works when you have smooth tempo, a consistent square swing path, a LATE RELEASE OF YOUR WRIST-COCK ANGLE (notice it is capitalized...must be important), good swing timing and rhythm.

If this isn't you, it's not going to work.

This chart gives a good starting point when considering what length will work best. In the "Average Distance" column, the 43" driver length is longer than the 44" and 45" driver lengths. But the most important factor is the "Average Dispersion" column. This shows the number of yards offline from the center of the fairway with each driver length. Note that the 43" length driver is much closer to the center of the fairway on ALL ability levels. And when you are closer to the center of the fairway, the next shot is easier to hit!

Average 18 Hole Score Driver Length

Average Distance

Average Dispersion

94+

45"

44"

43"

206.4 yards

207.0 yards

207.3 yards

+/- 25.3 yards

+/- 21.3 yards

+/- 16.7 yards

88 - 93

45"

44"

43"

214.2 yards

214.8 yards

215.7 yards

+/- 26.4 yards

+/- 22.7 yards

+/- 17 yards

82 - 87

45"

44"

43"

221.3 yards

222.5 yards

222.8 yards

+/- 23.5 yards

+/- 18.1 yards

+/- 15.1 yards

76 - 81

45"

44"

43"

227.1 yards

228.1 yards

228.4 yards

+/- 18.2 yards

+/- 15.6 yards

+/- 11.8 yards

70 - 75

45"

44"

43"

238.7 yards

238.3 yards

237.5 yards

+/- 15.7 yards

+/- 12.2 yards

+/- 9.7 yards

Chart courtesy of 12 Myths That Could Wreck Your Golf Game by Tom Wishon