While those PGA and LPGA Tour averages are far from achievable for most amateur golfers, having that frame of reference, and that data, is very useful still the same. Those numbers allow golfers to see what the best of the best can achieve, per club, in areas such as:
According to that Trackman data, the PGA Tour average Max Height on a driver is 32 yards. The LPGA Tour average Max Height on a driver is 25 yards.
The average golfer can look at these numbers at face value and simply try to strive to achieve them. However, it is important to understand how all the numbers tracked affect each other. In terms of looking to achieve a higher Max Height on your driver, you need to look at the following other numbers:
Let’s look at those numbers for the average player on the PGA Tour vs. the average player on the LPGA Tour. The average PGA Tour player hits the driver with a launch angle of about 10.9 degrees vs. a LPGA Tour player average of 13.2 degrees. Now, with those numbers in mind, you may ask, “Why is the Max Height 7 yards lower for an LPGA Tour player when they have a higher launch angle?” The answer: Club Speed and Ball Speed.
As ball speed decreases, as is typically the case for a LPGA Tour player vs. a PGA Tour player, the optimum launch angle must increase (as well as backspin) in order to get the most out of the swing in terms of carry distance. The average clubhead speed for a PGA Tour player with the driver is 113 mph, and their ball speed is 167 mph. For LPGA Players, the average clubhead speed is 94 mph and the average ball speed is 140 mph. For continued comparisons, and especially in terms of the ultimate goal with a driver, which is distance, the PGA Tour average carry distance, on a driver, is 275 yards and for an LPGA Tour player, the average carry distance is 218 yards.
The average amateur golfer, male or female, young and old, is almost certainly going to have a slower swing speed and ball speed than a professional golfer. The problem, very often, is the fact that most amateurs do not reach a maximum height with their driver, relative to their speed averages, which are necessary to optimize their distances. This is the case because most amateurs do not have the needed launch angle necessary with their driver to reach an ideal maximum height, which will help produce optimum carry distances.
Let’s look at three common Clubhead Speed average ranges and see what the recommended Launch and Max Height ranges should be for them. I also threw in Spin averages as well for reference.
An Average Swing Speed of 85 to 95 mph
A Slow Swing Speed of 72-84 mph
A Very Slow Swing Speed of Less than 72 mph
To help increase launch angle with a driver, which will in turn, help create more optimized results relative to a golfer’s current swing speed, you should look at the following: