Did you know that the average PGA Tour carry distance with a pitching wedge is 136 yards? The average club speed with this club is 83 miles per hour with a 102 miles per hour ball speed.
It takes some serious speed to hit a pitching wedge 150 yards, but it can be done. There are plenty of golfers on the PGA Tour who can hit their pitching wedge 150 yards when they need to.
So what does it take to get to this level?
How To Hit A Pitching Wedge 150 Yards?
The are some key elements to hitting a pitching wedge 150 yard that includes the following:
- Striking the ball solid on the center of the clubface
- Have enough clubhead speed to produce 150 yards of distance (around 85-87 mph needed)
- Controlling the spin rate
Key #1: Striking the ball solid on the center of the clubface
Even if you have some tremendous swing speed, it doesn’t have as much significance if you are hitting the ball all over the clubface. In order to fully maximize the clubhead speed that you are producing, you must strike the center of the clubface. The best golfers are able to control the low point of the swing, which helps the golfer hit the center of the clubface. We have a drill to help you control the low point of your golf swing.
The Drill: The Low Point Control Drill
- Take some yard paint and paint a 1-2 yard long line.
- Setup with 55% of your weight on your front side.
- Try to hit the target side of the line and see how many times out of 10 you can do this successfully!
- Repeat this drill every day for a month, tracking your progress and your ability to to this successfully in trials of ten.
- You may need to start with half swing and progress to full swings.
The quicker the golfer can learn to control his or her low point, the better the chance of striking the ball solid and on the center of the clubface.
Key #2: Have enough clubhead speed to produce 150 yards of distance
It doesn’t matter what you do with center strikes, spin rate, etc. if you can’t produce the swing speed to send a pitching wedge flying 150 yards. This is the most important factor, but the good news is that you can train to increase your swing speed. Many people know how fast they swing a driver, but very few understand how fast they swing their pitching wedge.
For most golfers, if they can swing a driver around 118 miles per hour, they have a chance to swing their pitching wedge in the 87 mile per hour range which is what it would take to produce 150 yards on average with the pitching wedge.
I spent many years wondering how I can increase my swing speed. When I was playing junior golf, we weren’t fortunate enough to have some of the training aids and knowledge that is now available. Smart people have studied the golf swing and have created training aids and protocols to help all golfers increase their distance!
At around the same time, the statistics from the PGA Tour have become more clear and the importance of speed is acknowledged by many to be a key to being the best on the PGA Tour.
Within the past several years, there have been several products hit the market to make speed gains possible. While many people for many years waited for the latest driver to come out to gain an additional 5-10 yards, you can now do this even with your current clubs.
Did you know that with the SuperSpeed Training System you can gain 5-8% increase in swing speed as early as the first training session? This would allow you to gain somewhere between 10 and 30 yards depending on your current swing speed.
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The SuperSpeed Training System is based on three different swing speed sticks all weighing at different weights. There is a green club that is 10% lighter than the average driver, the blue club which is 5% lighter and the red club which is actually 5% heavier!
Following their prescribed protocols the golfer completes the training every other day. The total time to complete most of their protocols is between 10-15 minutes. Most people can find the time to make this happen. The golfer will also need a swing radar to measure their progress.
The science behind the SuperSpeed Training System is based on overspeed training. Overspeed training has been around for several decades now and has been used by olympic athletics in the sport of Track and Field.
The science behind this overspeed training is based on the premise that your brain will only allow your body to move as fast as it feels it can stop safely! So, you get to work and swing the clubs as fast as possible, retraining your brain to allow you to swing your driver faster.
For more permanent results, the golfer should continue these training protocols for several months. The initial 5-8% is great and can become more permanent with the right length of training. The golfer can expect to continue to break down barriers every several months at a 1-2% increase.
My own experience has been an increase of 7-10 miles per hour on average from between 98-101 all the way up to 106-109. My goal is to hit the PGA Tour average of 113 mph in the coming months. I will continue to train every other day and watch in amazement as I am hitting drivers longer now than ever before!
Phil Mickelson (a senior golfer now) has been known to increase his swing speed in the past year or so and is close to 120 miles per hour in his swing speed. There are potential results for golfers of all ability levels and age!
|Original Swing Speed
|After 4-6 Weeks
|New Carry Distance
Key #3: Controlling the spin rate
Did you know that if you spin the ball too much you will actually lose distance. While spin can help with distance control, if you are looking for pure overall distance, than a lower spin rate will actually get you more yards.
For example, have you ever hit a shot out of a “flier” lie and the ball flew 10-20 yards over the green? This is a result of the spin rate being lower than normal. For a pitching wedge, the average spin rate on the PGA Tour is in the 9000-9500 RPM range. If you were to lower that to 8000-8500 range, the ball would fly further.
The goal of many PGA Tour players when they get the wedges in their hands is to hit the golf ball the distance they need. HItting the ball 136 yards when they need to hit 136 yards is more important than the ego boost of flying it 145 yards, but finding your ball in the bunker behind the green.
Our recommendation to monitor your spin rate is to buy an affordable launch monitor like the Skytrak or the Mevo+. Having an idea of your average spin rate with all clubs and the carry distance of each club in your bag is a major advantage. There are some very affordable launch monitors on the market that are great for amateurs.
Whether you are going to use at the range, on the golf course or as part of a golf simulator setup, having access to one of these launch monitors is a game changer!
Here are the top 3 options to check out. I purchased the Skytrak and have been impressed:
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Final Thoughts: Hitting a Pitching Wedge 150 Yards
The goal of any golfer should be to hit the ball solid, control their start line and curve of the ball and hit the ball far enough, but also the distance that they need to.
Most golfers should train for additional speed, while monitoring their carry distance through a launch monitor. The technology and tools that are available to golfers today at incredible prices is enough to truly help golfers finally get better! Stop struggling to improve and let’s dive into some of the training and the tools that provide the instant feedback needed to finally get better!
I would recommend building a distance chart like the one below using your Skytrak or Mevo.
|Carry Distance (100%)
|2 Utility Iron
Take Action – What You Can Do Today to Get Better
What does this mean for you? I believe in the following recipe to get better:
1 – Improve your motion in the golf swing by identifying a golf instructor. Here are some options:
Here is a list of golf instructors that we have reviewed:
2 – Train to swing faster and improve your swing speed. Here are some options:
Looking to gain more Speed and Distance in your swing. Two Options:
3 – Understand course strategy and work to break through your next barrier. Here is a series on breaking through:
We have provided guides on how to break 100, 90, 80 and 70. Check out more below, if interested.
4 – Practice Frequently
Did you know that I build a golf simulator in my garage and have played over 500 rounds of golf on my SkyTrak system? It has been a game changer and one worth checking out. Here are some of my other posts on golf simulators frequently asked questions:
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- Don’t Forget to Check out our 15 best golf swings of all time.