Golf clubs for kids come in a variety of sizes and packages. To accurately measure for kids golf clubs, have them wear a pair of tennis shoes and measure from the floor to the top of their head. This is the standard on which most manufacturers base their sizing for youth golf clubs.
Choose junior golf clubs based on height and ability. Poor fitting, heavy junior golf club sets can lead to swing problems that may be difficult to correct. Proper fitting clubs allow a child to swing freely and naturally. Kid’s golf clubs should have heads which are much larger and lighter and composite shaft as opposed to a heavy steel shaft – this makes the junior golf club sets lighter and will provide more power for greater distance.
When choosing junior golf clubs start with the basics – 9 iron, driver and a putter. As they develop their swing add a few more clubs. They could include a 5 iron and a 7 iron. Junior golf club sets usually come complete with all the clubs, a bag (carry or stand bag) and some even include golf club head-covers. When choosing youth golf clubs look for good quality construction, kid’s golf clubs need to be strong enough to sustain a heavy hit. Partial sets are available but consider a full set for kids who are really keen.
Two very important words are part of the U.S. Kids Golf mission to help kids have fun learning to play golf. The words are fun and play.
Our research into the development of young golfers has shown that when golf is no longer fun for kids, they lose interest. According to studies from the Positive Coaching Alliance, we—parents and coaches—tend to become too technical, too early with our kids.
And the trouble with golf is that it’s highly technical.
When kids 11 to 13 were surveyed and asked, “Why did you quit golf?” they were almost unanimous in their response: “It wasn’t fun anymore.” So how do we make it fun for kids—and keep it fun?
As a baseball coach, I had some kids on my team who were striking out too much, and I noticed they weren’t keeping their eye on the ball. They’d come back to the dugout frustrated because they tried so hard and had not succeeded. But instead of being frustrated with them, I looked for something—anything—that they did to improve. If they fouled out, it was an improvement over missing the ball every time. If a batter just touches the ball, it’s an improvement. So I said, “Great! You watched the ball. You fouled it off.” Until that became a good thing. I watched the kids’ level of encouragement rise. As coaches and parents, you’re in the midst of something very important. You can encourage your kids every time you’re out there to play and to have fun and encourage them for the improvement they show—even when the shots don’t go where they want them to.
Over the long term what’s really going to make our kids great is their joy for the game and the fun they have playing it. And that’s why U.S. Kids Golf exists. That’s why we make clubs that are easier to swing. That’s why we encourage parents to caddie for their kids. That’s why we want learning the game to be a fun experience. We want kids to be excited about golf. We want the game to be full of special moments for them and memories of fun with their families, their coaches and their friends.