What are Carry and Roll in golf?
The distance a golf ball travels on a shot is generally a combination of “Carry” and “Roll.” Carry is the distance that the ball is in the air. Roll is just that: how far the ball rolls or bounces after landing.
Knowing the carry and roll distances on each of your clubs is important. When selecting a club you must ensure that the carry is enough to fly the ball over any intervening obstacles.
Suppose that the total distance on your six iron is 160 yards, of which 140 is carry and 20 is roll. That means that a 160 yard shot into a green fronted by a large bunker is unlikely to find the putting surface. The ball will carry short of the bunker, land, and then roll into the sand.