How Far Do Scratch Golfers Hit Their Drives?

Driving distance numbers from our data partner Arccos Golf shows how far male and female scratch players hit their drives...

How Far Do Scratch Golfers Hit Their Drives
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Driving distance numbers from our data partner Arccos Golf shows how far male and female scratch players hit their drives...

How Far Do Scratch Golfers Hit Their Drives?

Becoming a scratch golfer is the pinnacle of golfing achievements for most handicap players.

Many golfers will think that scratch handicaps become so good because of how far they hit the ball, which they do so by striking it out of the middle consistently with good technique.

Scratch players will have fantastic all-round games but long hitting distances are certainly part of that.

For example, according to statistics from our data partner Arccos Golf, a 25-year-old male scratch player drives it, on average, 38 yards longer than a 15 handicapper of the same age.

With women, a 30-year-old scratch player averages 210 yards with their drives - which is an incredible 65 yards longer than a 30-year-old 20 handicap.

It's the same through the ages, with the gap only increasing as golfers get older.

A male 45-year-old scratch handicap averages 260 yards, which is a total of 59 yards longer than a 30 handicapper of the same age.

A 40-year-old female scratch player hits their drives 206 yards on average, a massive 74 yards longer than a 40-year-old 30 handicap.

Check out the video and data below for how far male and female scratch players hit their drives to see how you compare

Average driving distance numbers from our data partner Arccos Golf shows how far male and female scratch players hit their drives at different ages.

How Far Do Scratch Golfers Hit Their Drives? - Men

Age 25: 271 yards

Age 35: 267 yards

Age 45: 260 yards

Age 55: 251 yards

Age 65: 238 yards

Related: How far do male golfers hit their drives?

How Far Do Scratch Golfers Hit Their Drives? - Women

Age 30: 210 yards

Age 40: 206 yards

Age 50: 182 yards

Age 60: 164 yards

Related: How far do female golfers hit their drives?

Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, 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 has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x