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Where to Buy Golf Clubs for Kids...

To buy golf clubs, you need to visit a pro shop or a sporting store.  It is important that your child try the club for size, and swing comfort.  The shaft flex and the grip are important factors when buying a new club. The younger golfers will probably use a shaft with less flex than what someone older would use.  Once you know what you want you can shop the internet for a better price. Many sites will offer free shipping.

A great site that explains how to fit clubs to children by age, height and skill level is U.S. Kids Golf. Simply click on their products link and you will get all of the details that you need to make a good decision. Click here for U.S. Kids Golf

Prices of Golf Clubs for Kids...

The price of clubs vary based on manufacturer, golf level and age.  Clubs designed for beginner to intermediate junior golfers can be purchased based on age.  Note that as your child's abilities improve the price of clubs will increase.

Age Range Approximate Price
(3-5) under $100
(5-8) under $130
(9-12) under $150
teen clubs (13-16) under $175

Are Golf Clubs Provided With Lessons for Kids?

When you schedule a class be sure to find one that will provide equipment. This will not only save you some money but it will give you time to find out if your child truly enjoys the game of golf. You don't want to go out and spend money only to find out your child doesn't really like the sport and wants to quit.

When to Purchase Golf Clubs for Kids...

When your child has taken some classes and they show a genuine interest in the game you should then buy them their own set of golf clubs.  It is like any other sport, having your own equipment is always better. 

Manufactures have designed clubs specifically for children. These clubs are lighter and smaller in size with thinner grips and most children’s sets are reduced in number. This benefits the child by limiting the club decision they have to make and it makes their bag a lot lighter and easier to carry.

The majority of children's beginner sets have a putter, an oversized driver, 3 junior irons and an ultra-light stand bag.  The lowest iron in a child’s set is normally the 6. The putter should be measured from the child’s waste to the ground.   Be sure you have your child fitted properly for their clubs.  Realize that since they will be growing the clubs may be too small within a year or two.

What to Look When Purchasing Junior Golf Clubs...

The length, shaft flex, weight and grip size are important features to consider when purchasing a set of clubs for your child.  There are a variety of clubs and manufacturers to choose from  so be sure to do research prior to purchasing clubs.

 

 
Length Length is the first consideration. It is important to find a set of clubs that is the right length for your young golfer, but also a set that will work if they grow.  You want to at least try and get two years out of a set of  clubs.  So look for a set of clubs whose length requires the young golfer to grip down only one inch; this will give them some growth room but will allow them to make a normal swing at the ball.  Choking down more than this will make it difficult for them to swing. So don't be tempted to buy too large to save some money or you may find your child quitting the sport because they are frustrated.
Shaft Flex The second thing to consider when purchasing clubs is the shaft flex. Manufacturers are now making shafts that are the right flex for kids' swing speeds. So check to make sure that your child's set of clubs has a nice, flexible shaft.
Weight The weight of the golf club is also very important. Manufacturers are making clubs with lighter heads and shafts.  You want to purchase clubs that are light enough for your child's age.  Check the overall weight,  a lighter weight will help your child get  the club in the correct position at the top of the swing and allow for repeatable swings.
Grip Size Make sure the clubs are fitted with junior grips. A grip that is too large will change the swing mechanics.  Thinner grip will make a difference in your child's game.  If you're changing grips, ask for junior grips with a core size of .50.