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Golf Clubs for Children

by Patrick Cameron
    You can buy new, used or even cut down and re-grip Dad's old set of metal shafted golf clubs for your children.

    You can buy new, used or even cut down and re-grip Dad's old set of metal shafted golf clubs for your children.

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    Overview

    Usually, when kids first take up golf, they are relegated to clubs that are less than ideal: too long, too heavy and just not made for a child. While you want to make sure your 6- to 12-year-old child has a real interest in the game before spending money on clubs, you don't want to wait too long, as improperly fitted clubs can affect her swing for years to come.

    Sizing

    Junior golf clubs are usually sold with a corresponding age range. While there really isn't much variation in size, it's important to get a set that corresponds to the child's size and athletic ability. For a child who is 4 feet tall, Clubmaker.Net recommends a 33-inch-long driver, a 28.5-inch 5-iron and a 27-inch 9-iron. You can buy a one-size-fits-all set and have your child choke down on the clubs if they are too long, or you can get custom-fit clubs at a golf store or pro shop, which will be more costly.

    What's In The Bag?

    When a child is first starting out, he doesn't need a lot of clubs. Golf pros and golf shops who specialize in outfitting clubs recommend a child carry five clubs: a fairway wood that can also be used off the tee, 5- and 7-irons, a pitching wedge and a putter.

    Weighting

    While children don't yet have much strength, if the clubs you purchase are light in weight, they'll be able to hit the ball farther and play for a longer period of time. Look for a lighter bag as well so she can carry her clubs, and make it easier for you to carry if she needs a break.

    About the Author

    Patrick Cameron is a freelance writer with 10 years of diverse experience in consumer goods branding, promotions and retail communications. He works out of his home in Denver, Colo. He received his Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from the University of Minnesota.

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