Finding the best golf clubs for kids can be key for helping a junior golfer stay committed to learning the game.
After a young golfer can make decent contact with the ball, they should own a good set of clubs they are comfortable with so they can improve.
This article will focus on the best junior golf club sets on the market.
Best Golf Clubs for Kids 2022
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What to look for in a set of junior clubs
The beauty of golf is that its participants come in all ages from toddlers to seniors. Buying golf clubs for adults is a lot easier than buying clubs for kids because adults stop growing and many aren’t evolving their swing as well as rapidly improving and learning the same way children are.
When looking to purchase junior golf club sets, there are many important factors to look for.
Two of the most important are the length of the clubs and how light they are. If the clubs are too long or too short, a junior golfer could develop bad habits early and will be using clubs that aren’t right for them. If the clubs are too heavy, the child will have trouble swinging them comfortably which could result in bad shots and a lack of interest.
Another important factor is forgiveness. When learning the game of golf there are many mistakes to be made. This means a lot of mishits. With forgiving clubs less mishits will occur and even when mishit, the result of the shot will still be decent and have a desirable outcome. Forgiving clubs include attributes such as large sweet spots, large cavities, and well weighted clubs.
Depending on the age and skill level of the junior golfer it could be a good investment to be fitted to the golfer’s height and swing type.
Shaft types are important as well. For young golfers such as toddlers or under the age of 10, a flexible and light graphite shaft is recommended. For teenagers a steel shaft is a good option.
Transitioning to bigger clubs
When considering a transition to bigger clubs, it is recommended to have swing speeds around 80-100 miles per hour. Junior golfers from 10-14 could benefit from adult clubs. If they feel steel shafts are too heavy, they could have a custom set made for them with adult club heads but have lighter shafts making it easier for them to swing.
If a junior golfer is using junior clubs and is performing at high levels with a high swing speed, it is probably time to upgrade to adult clubs. If their swing speed exceeds 100 miles per hour, it is definitely time.
If unsure whether or not your child or teen should upgrade, the best thing to do is head to your local golf course and have a professional watch and help your junior golfer be fitted.
Junior golf swing drills
In the following video, Oak Park Golf Club’s head professional Gavin Grenville-Wood teaches pitching drills for juniors learning how to control their distances on chips.
How to size junior golf clubs
The following two videos demonstrate how a junior golfer should be fitted. The first video features PGA Professional John Godwin, who talks about how height and golf club length is very important.
The second video is from the Golf Channel and it features Justin Blazer from U.S. Kids Golf. Blazer says too many kids have clubs that are too long for them and it is worth getting children fitted, even at a young age.
What age to start golf lessons
Children can start golf lessons at any age, even as young as age three. There is no true age to start it is whenever they are comfortable enough to be taught by a teacher.
Tiger Woods began playing golf at two years old. Other professional golfers started as teenagers.
PGA.com recommends that if a child or parent is serious about golf than the earlier the better.
The Callaway Golf XJ junior golf clubs are pricier than most junior golf sets but are made by one of the best brands in golf.
The XJ series has three different sets. Callaway specifically designed the XJ clubs to be forgiving and precise for children trying to improve their golf game.
The XJ1 series has four clubs: a fairway wood, 7-iron, sand wedge and putter. The fairway wood is 29 inches and has 23-degrees of loft. The XJ1 set is designed for players 38-46 inches tall. The XJ2 includes six clubs: a titanium driver that is 17 degrees and 34 inches, fairway wood, 7- and 9-iron, sand wedge and putter. It is meant for children 47-53 inches tall. Lastly, the XJ3 features seven clubs by throwing in a 27-degree hybrid. The driver is 39 inches and 17-degrees. It was created to fit kids 54-61 inches tall.
The XJ’s design increases distance and promotes clean contact making practicing and playing rounds on the course less frustrating.
The clubs are ultra-light weight so they are easily swingable to increase performance. The XJ series comes in three levels where the clubs vary in length for children 38-61 inches. They also make an XT series for teenagers.
The Callaway Golf XJ junior golf clubs are our editor’s choice due to their quality build, forgiveness and performance. The set is our choice for the best golf clubs for kids. The clubs are available for both left and right-handed golfers.
The Confidence Junior Golf Club Set is recommended for children 4-7 and comes with a 3-wood that serves as a mix between a driver and wood, a 7-iron, a 9-iron and a white- ball putter.
The irons are oversized and feature a large sweet spot for forgiveness as well as a Ti-Matrix perimeter weight to make the club easier to swing. The driver is 36 inches long, the 7-iron is 30 inches, the 9-iron is 29 inches and the putter is 27.5 inches.
The clubs can be purchased for left or right-handed golfers.
Confidence also offers a set of clubs for 8-12 year olds that includes the same clubs, just at longer lengths. Both sets include a deluxe junior stand bag that comes with a double shoulder strap, four dividers, a rain hood, velcro glove tab, umbrella holder and four outside pockets.
The clubs included in the sets have graphite shafts and junior flex soft wrap grips to make gripping the club easier. Confidence also throws in a headcover for the driver.
Our choice for a junior golf set with the most forgiveness are these Wilson Golf Profile JGI clubs.
The set is made with super game improvement technology enabling junior golfers to take more enjoyment out of golf and limit their errors.
Wilson includes a driver, hybrid, long iron, short iron, wedge, putter, golf bag and headcovers in the set. The set can be purchased in three different options: small, medium or large depending on height.
Many junior and beginner golfers struggle to hit the driver. Wilson puts the weight low in the driver to aid the golfer in launching the driver increasing distance and forgiveness.
The hybrid included has a huge sweet spot that enables junior golfers to hit the ball longer and straighter and is suitable for both the fairway and rough.
The long iron and short iron are designed and categorized as game-improvement irons with their large cavities that help provide forgiveness and swing speeds.
The blade putter in the set is an all-black putter with a sweet spot that gives golfers a good feel for when they are making the correct contact when putting. The weighted heel and toe has an alignment aid making it easy to setup and aim at the cup.
The Intech Future Tour Junior Golf Set was created for toddlers and is recommended for children ages five and under.
The set is available only for right-handers. It includes a 20-degree fairway driver, a 5-iron, 9-iron and a putter. Intech also throws in a lightweight carry bag with a padded carry strap as well as a headcover.
The five and nine irons are perimeter weighted so that the clubs are easily swingable for the junior golfers.
The clubs are designed to be higher lofted and include extremely flexible shafts and were created so the toddlers are able to get the ball in the air.
The putter in the set features a solid heel-toe and is ceramic faced to withstand dinks and feel good when hit. The weight makes it easy to make solid contact and have a smooth stroke which can be difficult for children so young.
This golf set was designed for teenagers aged 13-16 and is available in both left and right-handed models.
The set features a titanium driver, a fairway wood, a hybrid, 7-iron through pitching wedge, a putter, stand bag and three headcovers.
The 460 cc titanium driver is 13 degrees and is replicated similarly to some of the big name drivers on the market. Having it lofted at 13 degrees makes it easier to have a high piercing ball flight and makes it more forgiving than a standard 10.5-degree driver.
The woods all have 100% graphite shafts making it simpler to have good contact. The irons in the set feature True Temper steel shafts which is what many of the best irons on the market are equipped with.
The dual strap makes the bag easy to carry similar to a backpack and has matching colors to the headcovers and club heads.
Having the right set of clubs can make or break a junior golfer. It can be the difference in them having fun and staying interested in the sport.
Our editor’s choice selection for best golf clubs for kids, The Callaway XJ Junior golf set, is a great set for young golfers. With its quality build and strong forgiveness, junior golfers can reach their potential and make good contact with these clubs. That is if they have the right length for their height and practice.
The Editorial Staff at Golfible is a team of golfing geeks and enthusiasts led by founder Alec Rose. All have the same obsession with golf tech, equipment updates and avoiding rain on the course.