Benefits of a Junior Golf Club Fitting

By Steve Silverman

There are many variables when a junior player takes up the game of golf in a serious manner. One of those concerns the clubs that will be used. If a golfer has played enough to determine that he enjoys the game and has at least some talent, a new set of clubs is probably on the docket. While a young player will certainly grow out of a set of clubs when he reaches the conclusion of his teenage years, there are many benefits to getting fitted for a set of clubs.

Length of Shaft

This is one of the most vital aspects of the fitting. You don't want a junior player feeling cramped when he has to stand too close because his clubs are short, and you don't want him standing too far away because the clubs are too long. A good fitting will determine how long the shafts should be.

Stiff Shaft or Regular Shaft

Most young players need help with both power and accuracy. However, a fitting will determine which aspect is more important. If the junior player is on the tall side and can usually generate enough distance, stiff shafts will probably be in order because they offer more help with accuracy. A smaller player who hits a straight ball will turn to regular shafts because they are more flexible and provide more club head speed on impact.

Club Face

Many junior golfers will benefit from low-profile clubs because they are easier to control and can help a golfer get the ball in the air easier. This is especially important when talking about long irons, fairway woods or hybrid clubs. Top-level junior players will also benefit from the ease that low-profile clubs provide, but they also may like the larger face clubs that are more forgiving and usually offer the golfer more distance.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.

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