Study: Amateur Golfers Hit It Shorter Than You Thought

You have three distances that you hit your driver: the first is what you tell your friends; the second is how far you think you hit it, and the third is how far you actually hit it. Hate to break it to you, but according to a study by Game Golf Live, your little white ball isn’t launching as far as you think.


According to the chart below, which compiled distances from amateur golfers of all handicaps using Game Golf Live’s shot-tracking technology, the average driving distance of a 4-handicapper or better is 250 yards. Go down the line and you’ll see that the distances become dramatically shorter with every five strokes added to your HCP.


Credit: Golf Digest,


Kind of a gut punch, right? Fear not, for a life of middling tee balls is not your pre-determined fate. There is a solution – learn how to draw the ball.


The most common hindrance holding the amateur golfer back from improving their game is a slice – which can come from a few reasons. Off-centered ball striking, a weak or overly strong grip, but all too often, it is the result of your swing path coming over the top. Meaning that when your club is in its downswing, your swingpath comes from out to in, producing the dreaded banana ball that keeps you up at night.


MyGolfSpy has an excellent article (bulletpoints, stats, infographics – the whole enchilada) that goes into depth about why draws will naturally go further than fades. In their test group, the same golfers averaged nearly 25 more yards when hitting a draw compared to a fade. If you have a TL;DR-type attention span, let me give you the bottom line: even in near-identical conditions, when a ball is struck with a draw-biased swingpath, as opposed to a fade-biased swingpath, it produces a lower spin rate and a higher ball speed, giving your ball those precious extra yards in the roll out after it lands.


So what’s the fix? Science says you need to learn how to draw the ball. The Golf Slot Machine is the simplest, most effective way to get that done. Don’t hang any tennis ball necklaces around your neck, wear this goofy shirt in public, or spend your life savings on a Trackman. (Repeat after me: “I. Do. Not. Need. A Trackman.”)


Keep the Golf Slot Machine in your bag, bust it out before a round, and reinforce that in-to-out swing path that will put your ball on a more consistent – and longer – trajectory. For a breakdown on how to use the training aid, check out this how-to by PGA Master Instructor Stephen Aumock.



H/T to GolfDigest, MyGolfSpy

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