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Golf Clubs for Children
It is very important to purchase golf clubs that are suitable for your child’s height and ability. Children whom use ill-fitting equipment develop swing faults which are difficult to correct. For example, if the shaft is too long or the club head is too heavy, or a combination of both. The best advice is to do some research, know your child’s height and ability level and try as many different clubs as possible to find the ones which suites your child the best. It is OK to have a small percentage of “growing room” as the child can grip down the shaft a little, but this should be only an inch or so.
As a good rule of thumb to use when purchasing a club for your child, the butt end of the driver shaft when stood in front of the child should be somewhere above the belly button but below the chest area.
The thickness of the grip should be a consideration. These should be undersized and the child should be able to wrap the hand around the grip so the fingers touch.
Shafts for children should be made of graphite which is light and flexible. Again, as a general rule of thumb, as a child progresses and improves the shaft becomes al little heavier and a little stiffer, however should remain graphite.
Loft – try and go for club heads of a decent size to inspire confidence and also with a good amount of loft to get the ball airborne.
Again, dependent on your child’s age and ability it’s not important to have 14 clubs in the bag, only that there is a decent spread of loft and shaft length so that some clubs will go longer and others higher. In fact I would encourage young players to have less clubs and experiment with hitting shorter and higher shots and lower and longer shots with the same club.
Junior Equipment NO NO’s
Under no circumstances should your child use your old cut down clubs as a starter set. Cutting clubs down severely decreases shaft flex which is hugely important in the swing, particularly for height and power.
I have come across older junior players that have bought second hand equipment from good professional tournament players, with extra stiff shafts and bladed heads which are completely unsuitable to their level of ability.
James Beattie – Junior development co-ordinator – John Letters Golf Academies & UK Kids Golf Equipment Advisor.
Author: James Beattie