The present generation of junior golfers is quite impressive. Those that participate in the AJGA and/or local state, regional, or even municipal tours take the game very seriously, and frequently play at a level that was formerly reserved for elite amateur or collegiate players. Some of these kids are truly exceptional golfers, regularly shooting scores far below par.
But what about youngsters who are just starting out? Or perhaps those that play the game for fun? The sort of equipment your prospective superstar starts with is critical, and picking the appropriate gear may have a significant impact on how rapidly their skills improve. It’s possible that mis-fitting your child will make the game much more difficult than it has to be.
Let’s take a look at a few pointers to assist you in choosing the correct equipment for your youngster, pre-teen, or adolescent so that he or she can start playing top notch golf.
Don’t go overly flexible
It’s all too tempting to think that because your junior player is new to golf, he or she has a sluggish swing speed and requires the most flex to get the ball airborne. That’s bad advice, because a player’s tempo is equally as vital as his or her swing speed. Some young players play at a sluggish speed, while some play at a fast tempo, and the remainder fall somewhere in the middle. The angle of attack is important as well, with some players possessing steeper angles than others. All of these aspects should be considered while installing the shaft.
Make sure you have the proper length, weight, and grip size
It’s a simple error to make, especially considering that most off-the-rack drivers are 48 inches or longer. Standard length clubs, on the other hand, are too lengthy for most children under 5’9″. A driver with a wheelbase of less than 40 inches is likely to be perfect for your child. Also, avoid purchasing clubs that are too hefty. Heavy clubs can make swinging difficult for children, resulting in handsy, floppy poses at the top of the swing. Finally, keep in mind that juniors’ hands are smaller than most adults’. Consider junior (or women’s) grips to guarantee that their developing hands fit snugly into their grips.
Pick game-improving irons
Most juniors require as much distance and game improvement as possible. And, depending on their age, kids may not have the swingspeed necessary to shape shots in the first place, so a set of clubs intended for maximum distance and forgiveness makes more sense while they learn to swing. As they improve and hit the ball further, it’s a good idea to attempt a mixed set, such as the ZX4, ZX5, and ZX7 irons from Srixon. Long irons are popular with the bigger, more forgiving ZX4 irons, while the ZX5s combine game improvement with shotmaking ability, and the ZX6 irons are designed for pure shotmaking control. All three may be combined into a single set with ease.
Purchase wedges for them to learn with
Getting a pair of wedges for your young player early in his or her golf career is a terrific way to get them used to hitting a variety of shots from around the green. Higher-lofted clubs need ability to master, and starting early will help your player get a better understanding of how to strike low chips, flop shots, and everything in between. If you want to raise an excellent bunker player, it’s also a must-do.
Drivers are not usually required
To begin playing golf, juniors do not require a driver. Most beginners like to start with a 3-wood or even a 5-wood to gain confidence before progressing to the larger stick. This is especially true for young players with insufficient swing development and lesser swing speeds. Using woods off the tee will allow players to hit the ball higher and farther.
Invest in an excellent putter
The putter is the one club in the bag that is worth investing in. You’ll want to follow the length instructions above and make sure you don’t buy a putter that’s too long for your junior player, but the good news is that putters can always be re-shafted and a longer shaft added if necessary.
Furthermore, having a putter that your golfer enjoys early in his or her career can aid in the development of a long-lasting and repeatable stroke, since switching putters on a frequent basis will make developing a feel for distance and direction more difficult. Getting your youngster a good putter (which doesn’t have to be pricey!) can reduce the temptation to try something new, as well as help him or her build a more confident stroke with his or her go-to flatstick.
Original article posted on Golf.com