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I am hitting well and straight at the moment. My problem is that I do not get a lot of distance. I am strong but I am almost 60 years old. I have only been playing a few years. I use women's clubs. Would this cause me to lose distance? I feel that I hit my driver well but
I average only 150 yards. What do you suggest?

Thank you Paula
--Paula D. from Sainte Genevieve, MO

Hi Paula. Great to hear from you! I'm curious, do you have a smart phone or camcorder where you could upload a swing and send it to me? Keep in mind that as a Pro Member that is one of your benefits.

As far as the clubs go with irons it's probably not going to make that much of a difference. There is a fine line between adding that extra inch that men's clubs have in order to get 10 more yards, but then losing control. If you don't hit the sweet spot you will lose more yardage than if your clubs are a bit short. Also, men's clubs are a bit heavier and if something is heavier, you will move it slower.

When you come out for your next lesson remind me to double check the length of your clubs. I do this by eyeballing you once you are in a good posture position. If the clubs are good, then we would probably want to stick with them for accuracy and find another way to generate speed. The faster you move your core through the ball the faster your arms and then club will travel.

As far as the driver goes that's something we should discuss. Drivers are light so going a little longer would not be a problem as long as you can control it. We can try to hit a few longer ones (I could let you try out mine) and see how you do. The men's flex however may be a bit stiff. The only way to know is to try.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

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