When my students need a source for purchasing golf clubs I recommend Peninsula Golf located on 17th Avenue in San Mateo. Owner Paul Tan is an expert at fitting both adults and juniors into the right set of clubs. USKids Golf offers a wide selection of sets to custom fit all heights and ability levels. Players can select between the Ultralight vs. Tour Series based on their swing speed.
Fitting For Juniors
Providing young players with proper fitting equipment is one of the most important aspects of the game. Playing with proper fitting clubs will help students play to the best of their ability. Juniors need properly fit clubs to help promote good swing fundamentals and more enjoyment of the game.
Here are some key points for fitting juniors with the right set of clubs.
It is important to have the right length of clubs for them to swing the club around the body. Clubs that are too long or short will cause the junior to compensate during the swing. The most common mistake is purchasing clubs that are too long thinking that kids will "grow into" the set. It is important that the fitting of the equipment be made to the player, rather than the other way around.
The golf shaft in not a producer of power. It can store energy and, if properly matched to the user, deliver the energy at the correct time. Thus, describing it as the timing device in the swing is most appropriate. It is undoubtely one of the major considertions in fitting. It is a mistake to cut down golf clubs to fit juniors because it will become stiffer and heavier.
Most junior sets are made of graphite. A much lighter material than steel. A lighter club will help the player get the club in the correct position at the top of the swing and at impact.
Since the grip is where the human body contacts the golf club, smaller grips are used to fit smaller hands.
Most junior sets are fitted with heads that are easy to hit and more forgiving to assure that the ball is going to get up in the air. Heads with wider soles have a lower center of gravity and are easier to get the ball up in the air.
Most junior sets come with irons that have lots of loft to get the ball in the air. A typical set comes with a pitching/sand wedge, 9-iron, 7-iron and 5-iron. Drivers should have at lest 12 degrees of loft.