Updated: Oct 7, 2019
Most people that come to me for lessons have no idea of their carry distance for each club. Knowing your total doesn't do you any good if your ball ends up in a hazard, or catches a false front because you didn't carry it far enough. I will go more in depth on this in a later post, but for now here's how you can get a reliable carry distance number.
Step 1: You'll need a device to measure distance (SkyTrak, Trackman, Flightscope, etc). If you don't have access to any of these then you can do it the old school way by hitting shots to a buddy standing down range, and measure the landing spots.
Step 2: Hit 20 shots with 1 club, remove the bottom 20% of shots.
Step 3: Find the average - add the 16 shots together, and divide by 16. You've got your number.
I recommend breaking this into multiple seasons. I would not run through the whole bag in one sitting. Everybody has their own makeup of clubs, but here's an example of what I would do.
Day 1: All Wedges (LW, SW, GW, PW)
Day 2: 9i, 8i, 7i
Day 3: 6i, 5i, 4i
Day 4: 3i, 3w
Day 5: Driver