Ty Andersen serves as Director of Instruction at The Ty Andersen Golf Academy, and has been named one of the Top 50 Kids Teachers by the US Kids Golf Company. He has developed seven different teaching programs that are registered with the PGA.
How to Choose Golf Clubs for Kids
Find the Right Golf Equipment for Kids
The right equipment for your son or daughter to play golf with is very important. I use the analogy of someone playing hockey. If you want your son or daughter to be a good hockey player do you buy them a set of skates that are three or four sizes to big? You do not do that because it could take them three or four years to grow in to them before he is even able to skate. The same thing happens with a golf club. You need to have the proper size clubs for your kids.
Use Proper Golf Setup to Size Clubs for Kids
If you go walking into a store right now all they are going to ask you is how tall is your son or daughter and what age they are. Then they are going to reach behind them and they are going to pull some clubs off the shelf and they are going to hand them to you. They may or may not be the right clubs for your child. You have to set up a child like you do an adult. The first thing that I do is I have them set the club up with the heel, toe and sole flat on the ground, get into the golf posture the best I can get them in there, and see where the hands fall. If the club is too big for them it is going to take them right up out of their posture. If the club is too small for them it is going to take them out of their posture.
Be Sure Clubs are Not Too Light or Heavy
Also, if they go ahead and swing the golf club, if the club is too heavy it is going to pull the child all over the place. If it is too light a lot of times what will happen is the clubface will fan open when they hit the ball and the ball will go weakly to the right. As you can see, there are a lot of variables when it comes to fitting your son or daughter for golf clubs. The same as there are for adults. You do not want to treat it any differently. You want to make sure that your son or daughter has the right size equipment if you want them to play golf properly.
About the Instructor
Highland Oaks Golf Course
904 Royal Parkway
Dothan, Alabama 36305