The Anatomy of a Golf Shot: Golf Club Distances, Proper Grip & Stance

Swinging a golf club is a complicated action, with dozens of moving parts and variables working together to hit a tiny ball really far. To simplify things, we illustrated a few important elements that affect your shot. So whether you’re a beginner looking for a guide, or a seasoned golfer who’d like to tweak your drive, this infographic is a good place to start.
this infographic visualizes the proper golf stance, proper golf grip and golf swing distances

Your golf shot is like your signature: uniquely your own, yet slightly different each time you pick up a pen or club. Both are affected by elements you control, such as how you grip your golf club and your muscle motion, as well as external factors like the golf club, golf ball, pen and paper.

The Key things to remember:

The Proper Golf Stance:

  • Square stance: Minimal spin on the ball
  • Open Stance: Ball will fade to the right
  • Closed Stance: Ball will to the left

How to Grip a Golf Club:

  • Ten Finger Golf Grip: Ideal for Beginners
  • Interlock Golf Grip: Good for Smaller Hands
  • Vardon Overlap Golf Grip: For Stronger Hands

Average Distances for Golf Clubs Chart

Golf ClubAverage Distance (Yards)
Driver (Total)258
Driver (Carry)240
3-Wood217
5-Wood205
Hybrid201
3-Iron189
4-Iron181
5-Iron173
6-Iron163
7-Iron154
8-Iron143
9-Iron132
Pitching Wedge121

The information in this graphic can be used to improve your game, or as a handy golf club distance chart that will help you learn when to use each type of golf club.