Kid's golf clubs are specifically designed for children who are not yet big and strong enough to use full-sized adult clubs. Kids will use junior clubs from the age of 3 up to their early teenage years, depending on their height.
Pre-packaged vs. Custom-Fitted Clubs
Kids golf clubs are sold pre-packaged and can be custom-fitted. Which is right for your child?
Custom-fitting kids clubs will of course provide the best fit and will allow your child to play his/her best game. If you can afford it, this is the best way to go. However, given that children grow rapidly, you may need to make occasional adjustments as the child grows.
Unless your child is competing in tournaments, the cheaper alternative is to buy kids golf clubs pre-packaged. Pre-packaged sets tend to be cheaper than custom-fitting clubs.
3 Factors to Consider when Buy Kids Golf Clubs
1) Price - Since children will eventually outgrow their clubs, you should not spend a lot of money of golf clubs. Instead, you should look for golf clubs that meet the two factors below while still being affordable.
2) Fit - Manufacturers typically color-code their clubs based on age to make buying junior golf clubs easier. There are four primary ways to fit your junior:
- Age group: This is the least accurate way of choosing clubs for your junior.
- Height: This is more accurate than relying on age. However, it is still far from perfect.
- Getting fitted at a pro shop: This is, without a doubt, the best way to ensure proper fit. However, choosing to go this route is an expensive investment and not suggested unless you are certain of your child's continued interest in golf.
- Knuckle to ground measurements: This is a compromise between getting fitted at a pro shop and using height. Not only is this method inexpensive, but it is more accurate than fitting by height and age alone. Some Manufactures provide a fitting table with their package sets, such as Paragon Rising Star's Package Sets.
Whichever method you choose, keep in mind that it is important that your junior's clubs properly fit. If they do not properly fit, they could be so uncomfortable to use that they discourage your child from learning golf.
3) Quality - The quality of the components used determines the weight and the longevity of the clubs you purchase. Ideally, you want light-weight clubs so that your junior does not struggle to swing the clubs. The most important part of a club is the shaft (this holds true for both adult and junior clubs), and you should look for clubs with graphite shafts for your junior. Graphite shafts are lighter in comparison to steel shafts--perfect for your junior. The head of should be made out of titanium. While this seems like a daunting task, Golf Digest makes it easy by compiling a Hot List of products they strongly recommend, such as Paragon's Rising Star Junior Package Sets, which have won gold medals 3 years in a row.
As adults, we realize how tough golf can be and how much the right equipment can help our games. By keeping these considerations in mind when buying junior golf clubs, you can help your child play better golf, and more importantly, have fun on the golf course.
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