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Maximise your distance off the tee in 2021.

Check out the chart below from Ping which shows you the numbers that you need to be achieving in order to maximise your distance off the tee. Flightscope,Callaway,Cobra,Ping.

For reference recent Flightscope and Trackman data suggests that the average total driver distance for men has remained at 226 yards throughout 2019 and 2020.

Average Male golfer stats

                                          Actual                      Optimal

Club head speed             93.4mph                       –

Ball speed                        132.6mph                140.1mph

Launch angle                       12.1                         14.7

Spin rate                           3275 rpm                   2300rpm

Carry distance                    204 yards                 228 yards

Total distance                      226 yards                255 yards

So, if you aren’t already maximising your distance off the tee, where do you need to start?



Angle of attack – Are you hitting down on the ball?

                             Is the ball in the correct position for a driver?

                              Have you got enough side tilt at set up?

Smash factor – Are you finding the sweet spot?

                          Ball speed ?

Club path – Do you typically slice from an out to in club path?


Correct loft – Does your current driver have sufficient loft to maximise carry?

                        Low loft does not equal more distance

Spin rate – Too much backspin can be caused by a shaft that is too soft

Shaft length – A club shaft that is too long can result in off centre strikes

Head type – Certain club heads are designed to maximise ball speed even on off centre strikes


Limited rotation?
Lack of flexibility?
Restricted movement due to injury?
For the answer to all these questions and more contact Mark and look out for our Academy equipment trial days in March and April showcasing the 2021 ranges from Callaway, Cobra, Ping & Mizuno.

In our next blog post we’ll look at how there is a direct correlation between distance and scoring ability.

If you are considering embarking on a golf specific physical conditioning programme then contact Neilus at and see how their TPI accredited fitness staff can get you ready for the season ahead.


Originally from Shropshire, England Mark has been based in Killarney, Co Kerry, South West Ireland since 2002 and is Head Professional at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club. Mark coaches players of all ages and abilities, helping students to utilise their natural abilities so they can consistently shoot lower scores and become better golfers.