The Best Golf Clubs for Juniors [Early 2021]
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Introducing your kids to the golf course is a great way to spend time with them outdoors in their school holidays – fresh air and quality time. But if you have them trying to golf with your clubs they could really struggle, and if you have them playing with less than optimum equipment, they won’t thank you for it.
It’s worth investing in a golf club set for juniors because a) they’re cheaper than an adult’s set, and b) once they finally do outgrow them you could sell the set on.
We’ve been looking into the best golf club sets for juniors and we’ll show you our reviews of our Top 5 very shortly. After that, we also have a buying guide for you, which goes through the different things you might want to think about before you buy. Within our buying guide, we will give answers to your most frequently asked questions on the topic.
If you’re yet to buy your first golf club set for your junior, we’re going to start on the assumption that your child is a beginner with a high handicap. And as with any beginner to golf, it’s best to start with a complete set of golf clubs and look into tweaking your golf club selection with new, clubs at a later date.
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This junior golf club set from Precise has been a huge hit with customers. It’s one of Amazon’s bestsellers for the category, and after over 250 customer ratings, the average Amazon customer rating comes in at an impressive 4 and a half stars out of a possible 5.
There are different age ranges and colors available. There’s even an age 3 to 5 range available in, so you can get them started really early! They’re just adorable. They’re perfect for Junior Golfers between 3ft and 3’8″ Inches, and the set includes a 25 Hybrid, 6/7 Iron, and a Putter.
These clubs have ultralite flex graphite shafts, and the accompanying golf bag is lightweight too. Your little one can even carry the bag like a backpack, or have it stood up on the green. The clubs are all high lofted and easy to hit.
There’s a 6-8 age range set, which is best for Golfers between 3’8″ and 4’4″ Inches tall, and it includes a 15 driver, 22 Hybrid, #6/7 iron (1 piece), 9/P iron (1 piece), and putter. There’s a graphite shaft for Woods and iron, with junior flex. The accompanying stand bag has an Ergonomical lift handle for easy Use.
Then finally there’s a 9-12 age range, which is designed for golfers of 4’4” to 5’0” height. The set includes 15 driver, 22 Hybrid, #6/7 iron (1 piece), #9/P iron (1 piece), putter, and stand bag. Again, there’s a graphite shaft for the Woods and irons, with junior flex.
This 9-12 age range set basically matches the age range below and differs only in the length of the shaft, making it very easy for a junior golfer to transition between the two sets.
Within each age range, you can opt for right or left-handed clubs.
Stand-out features include
- They’re suitable for complete beginners, and you can even get a set for children as young as 3.
- It’s really easy for the junior golfer to transition between clubs
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Callaway is a big name in golfing equipment, and it was no surprise to us that they had a golf club set for juniors in the list of Amazon’s bestsellers in the category. And the average Amazon customer rating is almost perfect, coming in at 4 and a half stars out of a possible 5.
If money were no object this would be a great set to go for.
The sets are available in different sizes according to the golfer’s height. Size 1 is for golfers of 38-46 inches, size 2 for those who are 47-53 inches, size 3 for those between 54 and 61 inches, and finally a set aimed at teens.
As you up in size across the range, the sets become more expensive. Callaway would justify this by saying that as size goes up, the number of clubs in each set goes up, which is true. And often when buying from Callaway you’d expect to pay over $100 for a single club.
In size 1, you get a Fairway Wood, 7-iron, Sand Wedge, and a Putter. All clubs that are easy to hit. In size 2, you get all of those plus a driver and a 9 iron, clubs for hitting long solid shots. In size 3, the 9 iron is replaced with an 8 iron, and a hybrid is also included.
The teens set is more complete featuring 10 clubs altogether including a driver, fairway wood, hybrid, 4 irons, 2 wedges, and a putter. That’s only 4 clubs short of a standard adult’s set.
By including extra clubs as your junior goes up in sizes, they are able to work on their technique and ascertain which club to use for each hit.
The clubs are ultra-lightweight with graphite shafts and offer plenty of forgiveness and distance where applicable.
All in all, you get more clubs in these different sets than you would in the more affordable sets.
There don’t seem to be as many sales of this set than some of the other junior club sets in our Top 5 picks, and we think this is because people don’t want to pay premium prices for Callaway quality when the children are likely to grow out of them in (what to us feels like) a short period of time. Since the less they’re used, the less value for money you get from them.
Stand-out features include
- The clubs come from one of the top brands in the field, giving you the best possible quality.
- There are plenty of clubs included, enough for each stage of the game, which is not something you always get in clubs for juniors.
- These clubs also make it easy for youngsters to progress from one set to another.
Best for Accuracy
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Here’s a great set of junior golf clubs from a great brand, Wilson. It’s one of Amazon’s bestsellers for the category and customer feedback has been outstanding. After well over 150 customer ratings the score for the average Amazon customer rating comes in at a whopping 5 stars out of 5.
They’re available in small, large and medium. The small set is for golfers of heights between 40 to 50 inches, the medium set is for golfers of heights between 50 to 56 inches, and the large set is for golfers of heights between 56 to 63 inches.
In the small set, the center of gravity is positioned low in the driver to really help launch off the tee for a better flight. The short iron features a large clubhead with plenty of forgiveness, so the junior can concentrate on developing their swing speed. The wedge has a heavy sole to prevent errant shots, and the putter has a handy alignment aid.
The medium set includes all the clubs mentioned above, with the same features, plus a hybrid with a large sweet spot to help get more accurate shots.
The large set includes all of the club types in the medium set, plus an extra iron with a large clubface with plenty of forgiveness.
Stand-out features include
- A lot of technical know how has gone into making these a great set of clubs for beginners
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Here’s another great club set for juniors from Precise. It may not have seen quite as many sales as the other Precise set in our Top 5, but it’s still made Amazon’s bestseller list for the category, and customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with the large majority of customers scoring it a full 5 stars out of 5.
What makes this set different from the Precise X7, is that the Precise XDJ includes junior hybrids in every age range, which as you may know, are easier to hit than long irons.
There’s an age 3 to 5 set for Junior Golfers between 3ft and 3’8″ Inches, which includes Driver, 25* Hybrid, 6/7 Iron, Putter, and a Deluxe Stand bag.
The 6-8 age range set is best for Golfers between 3’8″ and 4’4″ Inches tall, and includes Driver, 25* Hybrid, 7&9 Iron (2pc’s), Putter, and a Deluxe Stand bag.
And finally, the 9-12 age range set is designed for golfers of 4’4” to 5’0” height, and it includes Driver, 25* Hybrid, 7&9 Iron (2pc’s), Putter, and a Deluxe Stand bag.
All of the clubs are lightweight, with ultralite junior flex graphite shafts and the clubheads have extra loft to get the ball in the air more easily.
We think that the only reason the X7 hasn’t had as many sales as the XDJ is because the XDJ set has been around considerably longer.
Stand-out features include
- The really standout feature of this set is that each set includes hybrids, which is not something that all other junior sets, and they’re easier to hit than irons.
The beauty of this brand of junior golf club sets is that instead of just having 3 age ranges of clubs there’s a whopping number of 5 ranges.
This way it’s easier to get the perfect club size for the child’s height, and there isn’t as much of a jump between the different sizes in the range, and so you get an easier transition between sets.
An additional aid to this is their Progressive Flex System, matching the flex of the shaft to a specific age group.
Again, it’s another of Amazon’s bestsellers for the category, and customer feedback has been really positive, with the large majority of customers rating it 5 stars out of a possible 5.
In the 5-6 age range you get a Driver, 7 Iron, Pitching Wedge, Putter. Above that age range you also get a hybrid included. Each club has a lightweight graphite shaft.
What makes the Aspire junior golf club set different from other brands is that the irons are 15% bigger, yet 20% lighter, so the clubs have a much bigger sweet spot and are easier to hit with.
We also love how you can carry the clubs around in their accompanying bag like a backpack.
The sets come in a range of different colors. We like the green one, but the orange one is quite striking too.
Unfortunately, however, the different suggested heights for each age range aren’t clarified on either the Amazon page or, seemingly anywhere else on the internet.
So if you did want to buy from this brand, we would suggest erring on the side of caution and, if in any doubt, buy with the child’s next growth spurt in mind. That way it would easier to get more use out of the set and get your money’s worth.
Stand-out features include
- Sets for 5 different age ranges available
- Easy transition between sets
- One of Amazon’s bestsellers
- Hugely positive customer feedback
- Lightweight graphite shafts
- Irons are 15% bigger, yet 20% lighter
- Carry them like a backpack
- Various colors available
What height or age are junior golf clubs for?
As a general rule, youngsters under 5 feet tall should all use junior golf clubs. It is only after they reach 5 feet tall that they should look into getting men’s or women’s clubs with a longer shaft etc.
As you may have already noticed from our Top 5 picks, junior golf clubs are not only available in one size, and the length of the clubs, and sometimes the loft of the club heads, can differ according to the particular age range, or more usually according to the total height of the child.
Children typically use junior golf clubs until they become teenagers. You can also get golf clubs designed for use by teenagers. If you think that’s what you may need, check out our Number 2 pick, the Callaway Golf XJ Junior Golf Set, which has a really good set for teens.
What Clubs Are in a Junior Golf Set
Of course, within a golf club set for juniors, you get drivers, irons, and putters. With regards to fairway woods and hybrids however, these can differ from set to set. For very young juniors just starting out, the most important clubs you need are the putter and a pitching wedge.
The lower the number of clubs in your set, the more affordable the set will be. And for many people, this is a big advantage, especially if you feel that the child may not be able to use the set for long before they grow out of needing that length of club.
How Golf Clubs for Juniors are Different
Golf clubs intended for use by juniors obviously have shorter shafts. But that’s not the only thing that makes then different to ones used by adults. They are generally made from lightweight graphite, so they aren’t as heavy.
This lighter weight of the clubs helps them move their club more easily and generate better swing speed, and this in turn helps them to generate more distance when they hit the golf ball. The clubs also have more loft, to really help the kids get their balls airborne.
How much money should I expect to spend on a junior golf club set?
You can expect to pay at least $100 for a good junior golf club set, even if it’s for a 3-year-old and has just 3 basic clubs. It may sound like a steep price, but remember it’s specially tailored for your child’s height and ability, and the price inevitably includes a deluxe stand bag to keep the clubs in. You should also bear in mind that it’s far cheaper to buy your golf clubs as a set, rather than pay for each club separately.
If cost is a concern for you, then the set in our Top 5 picks which offers the best value for money is our Number 3 pick, the Precise XD-J Junior Complete Golf Club Set
Is it worth buying from a top brand?
To be honest, this is is something only you can answer. Clubs from the top brands do cost more money. You will have to weigh up how much money you can afford to spend and estimate how much use your child will get out of it before they outgrow it. Remember that when your child has outgrown their set, you can always sell it on afterward.
If you know you want to buy from a top brand, then we can recommend our Number 2 pick, the Callaway Golf XJ Junior Golf Set.
Can adults use junior golf clubs?
They certainly can! Many petite women find that kids built traditionally for youth are a great option to help them play their best game.
How to Choose Your Golf Club Set for Juniors
The range of height/age for some golf club sets can be very large. And as a general rule, the larger the age range the worse the fit at both ends of the range.
Given that children all grow at different rates, rather than choose the golf club set by the age of the child, you should go by the child’s height. That way you can be assured that you have the best golf club height to fit your child’s frame.
This is very important, and for all of the golf club sets for juniors in our Top 5 picks, we’ve tried our best to mainly include sets where the height is specified rather than just the age range since there are sometimes differences between brands in suitable heights for set age ranges.
In terms of buying a set according to the child’s ability, junior golf clubs tend to be really good for beginners and youngsters with low handicaps. There doesn’t tend to be any variation between junior golf sets in terms of being aimed at different handicaps.
That said, if you’re buying for an advanced junior, with a fast swing speed, a Tour Series club might be a better option than an Ultralite club.
Everyone goes through the intermediate phase, where they’re no longer a beginner, but not yet as good as they know they can be. That’s as true in golf as it is in any other great endeavor.
There’s no shame in intermediate golf. But if you’re in the intermediate zone and you want to get better and lower your handicap, there are club sets that can help you.
So you’ve decided it’s time to get a new set of golfing irons to help improve your game – fantastic! A decent set of irons can massively improve your game, which can certainly be useful for a senior who’s game isn’t quite what it used to be. It’s definitely beneficial to get a set of irons that will aid your constantly changing game.