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Golf Clubs Compared

Loft and Distance
by Vaughn Aubuchon

The summary chart below compares the characteristics of a typical set of 14 golf clubs. Included are the club name, the loft angle, the lie angle, and the typical distance that can be achieved by the average golfer.
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The clubs are listed in order of shot distance, from shortest (putter) all the way up to the longest (driver). Club lengths will of course vary, to suit the height of the golfer - some typical club lengths are given. In addition to being a Golf Club Loft Chart, the table is a Golf Club Distance Chart, as well.

I have always wondered just what the performance characteristics are, of all the various golf clubs. So, I made this comparison chart to illustrate the differences.

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Shot Distance

 

Golf Club Length
Note
Stan. Golf Club Set
Club Abr.

Golf Club
Name

Loft (face angle)
Med-
ium Hitter
Long
Hitter
.
Lie
(shaft angle)
(med-
ium)
(MRH, MLH)
(long)
(LRH, LLH)

"old name"

1
P

Putter

0-25 yds.
0-30 yds.
72°
35"
37"

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Golf WEDGE Comparisons

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UL

Ultra Lob Wedge

64°
35 yds.
40 yds.

 

 

 

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LW

Lob Wedge

60°
55 yds.
60 yds.

 

 

 

(S2)

SW

Sand Wedge

56°
75 yds.
80 yds.

 

 

 

(S1)

AW

Approach Wedge

52°
95 yds.
100 yds.

 

 

 

(S)

2
PW

Pitching Wedge

48°
20-
115
yds.
25-
120
yds.
70°
35"
35 1/2

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Golf IRON Comparisons

3
9
9 Iron
45°
125 yds.
130 yds.
65°
35.5"
36"

niblick

4
8
8 Iron
40°
135 yds.
140 yds.
64°
36"
36.5"

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5
7
7 Iron
35°
145 yds.
150 yds.
63°
36.5"
37"

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6
6
6 Iron
30°
155 yds.
160 yds.
62°
37"
37.5"

spade

7
5
5 Iron
25°
165 yds.
170 yds.
61°
37.5"
38"

mashie

8
4
4 Iron
20°
175 yds.
180 yds.
60°
38"
38.5"

(9W)

9
3
3 Iron
15°
185 yds.
190 yds.
59°
38.5"
39"

(7W)

10
2
2 Iron
10°
195 yds.
200 yds.
58°
39"
39.5"

(5W)

 

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Golf DRIVER Comparisons

11
4W
4 Wood
14-
16°
200 yds.
220 yds.
52°
41"
42"

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12
3W
3 Wood
13-
15°
210 yds.
230 yds.
50°
42"
43"

spoon

13
2W
2 Wood
11-
13°
220 yds.
240 yds.
48°
43"
44"

brassie

14
1W
Driver
8-
11°
230 yds.
250 yds.
46°
44"
45"

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(with a
90 MPH swing)
(with a
100 MPH swing)

30

40

80 - 500

50

50

50

50

50

50

50


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     A Few Golfing Terms

ace
albatross (-3)

birdie (-1)
bogie (+1)
bunker

caddy
chip shot
clubhouse
CLUB LENGTH
condor (-4)
cup

divot
dogleg
double bogie (+2)
double Eagle (-2)
drive
DRIVER
drop
duffer

eagle (-2)
even (par)

FACE ANGLE
fairway

finding the ball
flag
foursome
front nine

gimme
golf driver
golf irons
golf woods
golfer
golfing
green
green fee
grip

handicap
hole
hole-in-one
hook

in play
IRON

lay up
LIE
line
lob
LOFT
long game
lost ball

Major
marker
marshal
match play
mulligan

on the golf course
one-putt
one-under-par
over par

par (0)
PGA
pin
pitch
play through
practice green
putt
PUTTER
putting

quadruple bogie

relief

rough
round of golf

sand save
sand trap
score
score card
scrambling
scratch
slice
stroke
swinging the club

tap in
tee
tee box
tee-off
tee time
three-under-par
tournament
trap
triple bogie (+3)
two-under-par

under par
up and down

water hazard
WEDGE

woods
whacking the ball

9 holes
18 holes

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Other terms used are fortification,
little friend, shot-in-the-arm,
liquid sustenance, steady-my-nerves, etc.

160 - 450

140

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This Vaughns Golf Club Data Comparison
summary was last updated on 2020-04-04.