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Measuring Your Child for Junior Golf Clubs

Updated on September 07, 2016

Choosing the Appropriate Junior Golf Equipment

So you're thinking about starting your child in junior golf this year, and not sure where to start looking for the appropriate equipment.

The good news is that the golf industry has made great strides in recent years developing age appropriate equipment for youth golfers. In years past, before junior golf shafts were available, parents made it a common practice to cut down an adult set of golf clubs for their kids. This is certainly an inexpensive way of creating a junior golf set, however it is not a good solution for several reasons:

  1. Most men's golf club shafts are on the stiffer side and do not provide enough flex for the youth golfer.
  2. The heads on adult golf clubs are heavier and difficult for the golf junior to lift and get a good backswing.
  3. The lofts on adult clubs (mainly men's clubs) are usually stronger which makes it difficult for the younger golfer to get the ball airborne.

All of these problems will make it much more difficult for your beginning golfer to learn the game and enjoy golf. They may become easily frustrated and lose confidence, thus causing them to lose interest in golf altogether.

Most junior golf clubs today are made with the child's height and weight in mind, and are very affordable. The materials used in these youth clubs are less expensive in order to keep the overall cost down. Today's kids clubs are more lofted to give your child a better opportunity to get the ball airborne, and they weigh less which makes it easier for younger golfers to control the clubs.

The question then becomes how do you determine the correct set for your child.

Height vs driver length chart
Height vs driver length chart

How to Measure Your Child for Youth Golf Clubs

Fitting your child for the right size golf clubs should not be taken for granted. You wouldn't want to randomly purchase just any old size 3 pair of jeans just because your toddler is 3 years old, and the same is true for golf clubs to an extent.

Most kids golf sets are broken down by age groupings and in most cases that will work fine for that age group for the beginning golfer. However, there are other considerations for parents before purchasing a set of junior golf clubs.

The length of the clubs should be based on the height and additionally the athletic ability of the child. If the clubs are too long, the golf junior will have a tendency to automatically choke down on the club, which will not be beneficial to the child's swing. Obviously the build of the child and the athletic ability allows for slightly longer clubs in some cases. And a larger child will have more body mass which may allow for a somewhat longer club than that of a skinny tot. Then, some youth golfers will have better hand-eye coordination so a longer club could be in order.

Age-based fitting does not always allow for a proper fitting of youth golf clubs due to differences in heights and weights in the age category.

To the right is a chart that will show the best size clubs based upon the child by height (not age).

Junior Golf Clubs For Ages 3-5

Using the height vs. driver length chart above, this set of Dexton Big Driver Junior Golf Clubs would be appropriate for heights of 36" to 42" with this 27" Driver.
Using the height vs. driver length chart above, this set of Dexton Big Driver Junior Golf Clubs would be appropriate for heights of 36" to 42" with this 27" Driver.
The putter and iron included in this set (with the wood) are length appropriate based on the child's height of 36-42".
The putter and iron included in this set (with the wood) are length appropriate based on the child's height of 36-42".
This set is age appropriate for 9-12 years old. Based on the driver length of 39", this junior golf set is best for children of heights 54"-57".
This set is age appropriate for 9-12 years old. Based on the driver length of 39", this junior golf set is best for children of heights 54"-57".

Other Considerations

Some parents, who themselves are good golfers, tend to be concerned with the swingweight of the junior golf set. With very short clubs, such as the 3-5 year old kids clubs shown above, the swingweight may be very low. However, the overall club weight is more important for the golf junior. For very short youngsters it is important to keep the overall weight of the club low so that they can swing more efficiently.

Taller and stronger golfers will need heavier overall weighted clubs so as to allow for a more natural swing. Too light of clubs for older children could develop bad swing habits.

The typical set for the very youngest golfer should include a putter, a single lofted iron such as a 5-7 iron and a wood. These 3 clubs will suffice in the beginning.

As your child gets older and more proficient, a good junior golf set will include the putter, a 3 wood and a 5, 7 and 9 (pitching wedge) irons. Do not add too many of the lower lofted clubs such as the 2 or 3 iron to your child's set because youngsters will not be able to get the ball airlofted with these lower clubs.

As your child gets more proficient at golf and grows, you will want to purchase a junior golf club set with more clubs. This Dexton Big Driver Junior Golf Set has a putter, 3 Wood, and a 5/6, 7 and 9 iron. The bag and club covers are also included.
As your child gets more proficient at golf and grows, you will want to purchase a junior golf club set with more clubs. This Dexton Big Driver Junior Golf Set has a putter, 3 Wood, and a 5/6, 7 and 9 iron. The bag and club covers are also included.

Youth Golf Can be Very Rewarding

Choosing and fitting your youth with the appropriate clubs can be very rewarding for both you and your child. Just keep in mind that you need to chose the club length based on the child's height and ability rather than on their age. A youth club that is too long, too heavy, or too stiff will diminish your child's ability and potentially cause frustrations. Choosing the right clubs the first time around will get the desired result: a fun and rewarding experience for both you and your child.

Do not be too concerned about your child outgrowing their kids clubs. Too long of clubs will only create poor swing habits. If your child is not succeeding and seeing good results, they will likely want to quit and give up all together.

Keep in mind that you can always pass down the undersized clubs to younger siblings or friends in future years. If your child does outgrow the clubs and you would like to continue using them, you can always lengthen the shafts rather inexpensively. You can use portions of other used steel shafts to extend the clubs or insert hardwood dowels of the appropriate size to add new length and new life onto your junior golf set.

If you do decide to purchase a little longer set of clubs for your youth golfer to extend the life of the set, no more than one inch longer is our recommendation.

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      rodel 7 years ago

      kindky broaden the information so that everyone knows it well....

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      Bounce House 6 years ago

      Very detailed and useful information. I was not sure if my 4 year old son is old enough for golfing.

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      Junior golf 5 years ago

      Very nice to se people taking notice of junior golfers and finally producing the right equipment for them. Very nice hub.

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      My boy and golf! 5 years ago

      My son is 6 years old and very into golf. He plays soccer and wants to play golf as well. My husband, my oldest son, and me watch football on Sundays and my youngest will watch the PGA tour. He just loves it. Seems like it not a boring subject to him. The thing is he is a 6 years old and almost as tall as a 7-7 1/2 year old. Trying to find the right clubs are going to be hard and Christmas is right around the corner. We were hoping to get the right clubs and not have to size him up so it would be a surprise, but I guess we don't really have a choice. Maybe he won't realize why he is being sized..HAHA

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      Freddie TT 5 years ago

      The girls Club is clearly too long and her swing is not good. So why is this video being shown after all the advice? It doesn't make sense

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      Alan doyle 3 years ago

      I agre with Freddie tt about the golf swing, but I often get my 10 yr old girl to practice driving with an adult driver, it helps her slow her swing down and strengthens her wrists, try it with your kids at the driving range and then let them use a kids driver and see the difference!!!!

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      Marianne Westrope 3 years ago from Central Ontario

      I'm planning on taking my grandchildren (ages 9 and 8) to the driving range this weekend. Thanks for the info.

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