Club Speed is the speed the club head is traveling immediately prior to impact.
Club Speed determines a golfer’s potential distance.
More club speed equals more potential distance. In fact, adding 1 mph of club speed can increase your distance by up to 3 yards with the driver.
The highest recorded club speed is 156 mph! This was accomplished by Connor Powers during the Quarterfinals of the 2014 World Long Drive Championship.
Club Speed – The linear speed of the club head’s geometric center just prior to first contact with the golf ball
- Driver – 113 mph
- 6 iron – 93 mph
- Driver – 94 mph
- 6 iron – 79 mph
For a full list of Tour averages, visit TrackMan PGA and LPGA Tour Averages
TrackMan Combine Averages
Male Amateur (Driver)
- Scratch of Better – 110 mph
- 5 HCP – 101 mph
- 10 HCP – 95 mph
- Average Golfer (14.5) – 94 mph
- Bogey Golfer – 92 mph
Female Amateur (Driver)
- Scratch or Better – 90 mph
- 5 HCP – 87 mph
- 10 HCP – 83 mph
- 15 HCP – 79 mph
Learn more about TrackMan Combine, visit TrackMan Combine Explained
The standard assumption for club speed is based on the average male golfer. When club speed is not specifically stated within the TrackMan University Game Room, then the following values are used depending on the club type.
- Driver – 94 mph
- 6-iron – 80 mph
- Pitching Wedge – 72 mph
What our TrackMan Masters say about Club Speed…
PGA International Golf Coach, UK
“This is a parameter I monitor very closely when I work with players who are developing their power output or “engine”.
To do this my students work hard on improving their kinematic chain (the sequencing of the pelvis first, thorax second and club third on the downswing).
TrackMan enables me to record the increases in club speed as a result of the improved efficiency of the student’s kinematic sequencing.”
Dom DiJulia School of Golf, US
“First, I use club speed to determine a golfer’s potential distance for the short-term, both potential carry and total.
I also use club speed to help identify a player’s best playing speed. Too often I see golfers try to increase distance by swinging faster.
Even when their club speed increases a few miles per hour, they lose 15-30 yards due to poor contact or control.
Monitoring and keeping track of club speed allows me to track progress when working on the kinematic sequence or when using golf specific fitness to train for speed.”
Pinewood Country Club, LA, US
“I put club speed first on my tombstone list not because it is the most important, but to gauge what the player is capable of as far as carry and distance.
Also, I look to see once we are in the lesson if the students speed changed from their warm up speed.If it is slower, then I realize that the golfer is still a little protective while making changes.
It is hard to see the finished results of a swing change until full speed is reached.”