9 Best Junior Golf Clubs | May 2017
- integrated rain hood
- styled like adult sets
- better suited to taller kids
|Rating||3.8 / 5.0|
- clubs are lightweight and forgiving
- suitable for boys and girls
- included bag is flimsy
|Rating||3.6 / 5.0|
- comes with a lifetime warranty
- contains all the essential clubs
- some find them a bit too heavy
|Rating||4.5 / 5.0|
- bag zippers run smoothly
- good balance of price and quality
- clubs make a nice ping on contact
|Rating||4.0 / 5.0|
- dual shoulder straps on bag
- bag has a lot of storage pockets
- driver promotes high launches
|Rating||4.1 / 5.0|
- putter has an alignment aid
- sporty details on the club faces
- included wedge has a heavy sole
|Rating||4.8 / 5.0|
- bag has an incorporated stand
- comes with a free golfing hat
- clubs feel sturdy and well-made
|Rating||4.7 / 5.0|
- putter is heel-toe weighted
- includes a driver head cover
- budget-friendly price
|Rating||4.6 / 5.0|
- clubs help generate power
- includes an odyssey putter
- available in a 5-8 or 9-12 age range
|Model||PK LH CG X JUNIOR HOT 8|
|Rating||4.0 / 5.0|
Why Playing Golf Is Good For Kids
In order to excel at golf, a person must possess superb discipline and patience. Learning to play golf well requires long hours of practice and countless frustrations and challenges, but it and helps develop a keen sense of determination.
These are life lessons and characteristics of golf that provide plenty of benefits off the course as well; the qualities honed across 18 holes easily transfer to the wider world and can help inform the way a person acts at work, in social settings, and as a member of his or her community. And it's never too early to start refining these qualities. That's one reason that getting kids interested in golf is a great idea.
Of course, playing golf is simply lots of fun, too. Children love playing games, and they love a challenge. Playing golf allows a youngster to spend time outside being active, and it helps develop both gross and fine motor skills. From a power shot off the tee to that delicate putt on the green, each swing of the golf club uses multiple muscles and requires excellent hand-eye coordination.
Golfing can instill in the young player the individual values and qualities mentioned above, and yet can also teach young players about working together as part of a group or community. Junior golf organizations and youth tournaments help teach kids to compete in friendly, good-natured ways. Golfing with a group can help a young man or lady improve and develop his or her game, even as they are also learning to support one another.
Golf can also be a great way to open the door to future opportunities. The bonds and connections a young golfer makes on the links or in his or her association may well last a lifetime, and in many cases a talented young golfer may improve his or her chances for a reduced price or even free trip to college thanks to their skills. And that's to say nothing of the benefits that come with being a competent golfer in the business world, where many deals are made not over the conference table, but rather during a stroll over the green.
Children as young as three or four years old can start to play golf, and with the right exposure and encouragement, they will see their time on the golf course or at the driving range not as a chore, but as an absolute pleasure.
Choosing The Right Junior Golf Clubs
Most junior golf clubs are made to accommodate a specific age range, with these generally spread between 3 to 5, 5 to 8, and 9 to 12 years of age. (Players aged 12 years old can consider larger junior clubs or can likely transition to standard golf clubs.) If your child is of average size for his or her age, then following these guidelines is probably acceptable; if he or she is on the larger or the smaller size, of course you'll need to compensate accordingly.
The size of a golf club, both in terms of length and weight, has everything to do with the size of the golfer; experienced or preternaturally talented young golfers should not try to use larger clubs.
Beyond length and weight, the next factor to consider in choosing the right junior golf clubs will likely be price, but parents will be pleased to know that even higher-end junior golf sets usually cost less than $200. This is largely true because most junior golf club sets only come with five or six clubs; don't worry, that's more than enough of an assortment for a youngster to learn the basics of the game, from driving to putting. So, go ahead and invest in a higher-end set once your child has shown a genuine interest in the game of golf.
Tips For The Junior Golfer
There are more than 17,600 golf courses in the United States, so the chances are good that you can find a course close to home that will be suitable for your young player. The best time for a youngster to practice is when a course is least crowded; this reduces pressure on the young player and allows them to try certain shots over and over. You should speak to the staff of your chosen courses to determine which times are the least crowded and then try to use those as your child's (or trainee's) go-to hours.
It's more important that a young golfer masters the gross motor mechanics of golf before they worry about the finer details associated with grip: let a young player hold the club how they feel most comfortable and focus on body position and swing mechanics before worrying about hand position.
Praise is key: even when a kid makes a bad shot, you can still praise things like their swing strength or speed, their foot position, or simply just their attitude. Avoid being critical as much as possible, because a child has to have fun in order the have the drive to succeed.
And of course get your kid clubs that are the right length and weight for their body size: playing with disproportionate clubs can lead to improperly learned mechanics and can even cause injuries.