How Far Do Female Golfers Hit Their Drives?

Numbers from our data partner Arccos shows some fascinating insight into how far female golfers his the ball off the tee...

How Far Do Female Golfers Hit Their Drives
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Numbers from our data partner Arccos show some fascinating insight into how far female golfers hit the ball off the tee...

How Far Do Female Golfers Hit Their Drives?

Driving distance numbers from Golf Monthly's official data partner Arccos show some fascinating insights into how far female golfers hit the ball.

The below data shows the average total distance for female golfers aged between 30-60 with handicaps of scratch, 10 and 20.

Check out the fascinating data in this video and below...

How Far Do Female Golfers Hit Their Drives? - Scratch handicap

Scratch golfers aged 30 average 210 yards off the tee, which decreases by just four yards to 40-year-olds but then drops off significantly from 50-60.

Technique is key with the scratch player, who hits the ball out the middle of the driver on almost every shot.

A 30-year-old female scratch golfer, on average, hits their drives 46 yards longer than a 60-year-old.

This gap is wider than 10 handicaps (43 yards) and significantly wider than 20 handicaps (31 yards).

30: 210 yards

40: 206 yards

50: 182 yards

60: 164 yards

Related: How far do male golfers hit their drives?

How Far Do Female Golfers Hit Their Drives? - 10 handicap

The difference between a 30-year-old 10 handicapper to a scratch is stark, with their average drives going 34 yards shorter.

Throughout the ages, 10 handicap female golfers hit their drives 31-45 yards shorter than scratch players.

Interestingly, the biggest gap from 10 handicap to scratch is with 40-year-olds, who hit it 45 yards shorter, as opposed to 50 and 60-year-olds who are both 31 yards shorter on average.

Age does slightly trump ability as shown by 30-year-old 10 handicappers hitting it 11 yards longer than 60-year-old scratch players - this isn't the same with men, albeit the age and handicap data is slightly different.

A 25-year-old 15 handicap man is five yards shorter than a 65-year-old scratch handicap.

30: 176 yards

40: 161 yards

50: 151 yards

60: 133 yards

How Far Do Female Golfers Hit Their Drives? - 20 handicap

The 20 handicap doesn't quite have the technique for distance, as shown by these numbers where a 30-year-old 20 handicapper is, on average, 19 yards shorter than a 60-year-old scratch player.

20 handicaps are losing 19-31 yards on 10 handicaps, and 50-74 yards on scratch players.

30: 145 yards

40: 132 yards

50: 132 yards

60: 114 yards

*Note: All distance numbers are total distance, not carry

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x