Golf Sets for Children

By Bill Herrfeldt

In the past, most children started out with golf clubs that were given to them by their parents, shortened so they could hit the golf ball. Those parents failed to realize that because the clubs did not fit their children, they didn't perform properly. So inadvertently, they turned their kids off on playing the game. If you are about to make the same mistake, rethink the process. There are some important thing to consider when your children get their first set of golf clubs.

Lighter, Shorter Shafts

Unlike cut-down clubs made for adults, children's golf clubs are sized to fit them and have shafts that are lighter, which result in better posture as your children golf. Also, they will not mishit as many shots because lighter shafts make sticking the club into the ground more difficult. Also, lighter shafts will help increase their swing speed so they hit the golf ball farther.

More Loft

Golf clubs made for children make the ball travel higher because they have more loft than clubs made for adults. It's particularly discouraging for a child to continually hit the ball along the ground rather than elevate it. As Tiger Woods said, "Kids simply want the ball to fly, and the higher the better."

Fewer Clubs

A child does not need a full set of golf clubs when he is just beginning. You should buy only about six or seven clubs, including higher-lofted woods; a 5, 7 and 9 iron; a putter; and a wedge. When your child shows more interest and skill, then begin rounding out the set.

Watch Your Weight

Buy a golf bag that is light so even the smallest player can carry around her clubs with little problem. A hand-me-down golf bag might be cheaper, but you'll run the risk of souring the sport for your child. Combine that golf bag with fewer clubs, and your child is well on her way to becoming the next touring professional.

If the Shoe Fits ...

Wrong! Look for golf shoes that not only fit your child but are also light and make walking around the course fun. In the past, all golf shoes were clumsy and heavy, but technology has advanced to the point that children's golf shoes are lighter than ever.

Buy What You Can Afford

With many children wanting to play golf, club manufacturers have made tremendous improvements in children's clubs to the extent that you can spend upward of $500 for a set for Junior. Or you can do like most people and spend a fraction of that until you are sure your child is truly interest in the game. Furthermore, a child will outgrow a set of clubs before it is barely broken in, so that is all of the more reason to limit the amount you spend on children's golf clubs.

About The Author

Bill Herrfeldt specializes in finance, sports and the needs of retiring people, and has been published in the national edition of "Erickson Tribune," the "Washington Post" and the "Arizona Republic." He graduated from the University of Louisville.

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