Golf Tips Newsletter
Issue 729 - September 14, 2022
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USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
WGTF "Top 100" Teacher
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach


Master The Motion Before You Master The Shot.
"15 Minutes of Body Action Drills Are More
Important Than Hitting 200 Balls"

Tom's Featured Tip: Age and Performance

Lesson Comments: What Students Have To Say
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Age and Performance

For simplicity, all advice on actual swings or drills is provided from a right handed perspective.

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Age and Performance

If I've had this question once, I've had it a thousand times - "how far should I be hitting my driver?"

My answer is - and always will be - that I help players become the best golf swing version of themselves. Then the ball goes as far as it goes when they put a good swing on it. Obviously, that's different for everyone, and a big differentiator is age..

That's not usually the answer that they were looking for.

For those of you who would not be completely satisfied with that answer. here's interesting research I saw on how age affects your golf performance.

MyGolfSpy did a Shot Scope based study on how age affects your game, and it had some interesting results. One note - the data is representative of male golfers in the Shot Scope database, but I'd be willing to wager the same skew exists for female players.


  • Average driving distances decrease with age.
  • Peak driving distance occurs when golfers are 30 to 39 years old.
  • Though distance decreases over time, golfers hit a higher percentage of fairways as they age.
Something to consider: Many equipment companies design clubs specifically around the needs of older golfers. Typically, this means lighter components (head, shaft, grip) and materials designed to boost ball speeds.


  • Most golfers hit four to five greens in regulation per round.
  • Older golfers (70+) still leave 43 percent of approach shots short of the green.
  • Golfers in their 20s and 40s are a bit better but still leave 37 percent of approach shots short.
Something to consider: Most golfers don't take enough club on approach shots. This happens for a variety of reasons but the root cause is lack of objective information. Unless you know how far you hit each club, itís likely that you overestimate how far the next shot will travel.

To get a solid average carry distance without the advantage of a rangefinder:
  1. Take any club and hit 20 shots with it.
  2. Remove the shortest 25 percent and then take the average of the remaining 15 shots.

  • Older golfers tend to have fewer three-putts per round.
  • Older golfers tend to have fewer total putts per round.
  • The youngest segment (ages 20 to 29) has the most total putts/round and three-putts/round.
Something to consider: Great putters can consistently match the line and speed of a putt.


Father Time remains undefeated. However, the average golferís handicap doesn't change much regardless of age. This seems to support the importance of playing the correct set of tees based on your average driving distance. Beyond that, golf is a game that requires a tremendous amount of skill to play well. And as a result, Shot Scopeís database average handicap is in line with the USGA reported average of 14.2.


"Clear Intentions Simplify Execution"
Mike Bennett and Andy Plummer, The Stack and Tilt Swing

Love your practice, own your swing, own your health,


Golf Lessons

I am now conducting lessons at The Batavia Country Club

Lessons are available for all ages and skill levels, please contact
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All the best,

Tom Tucker
Teaching Professional, Batavia Country Club
WGTF ' "Top 100 Golf Teacher"
USGTF Class "A" Teaching Professional
IGPA Certified Golf Psychology Coach
Cell: (716) 474-3005

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~ Ben Hogan