In my garage rests 3 beautiful sets of kids golf club sets. Great brands … Tommy Armour, Ping, and Callaway. They are collecting dust. None of my kids stuck with it! So sad … for me. Unfortunately, I cannot show you how to instill a love of golf in your kids. If you know how then please tell me! Maybe the introduction to the sport was enough and someday they will spend hours in the Green Kingdom with me.
But I can tell you how to pick the right golf club set for a special kid in your life. Let’s look at 4 different approaches to choosing a golf club set for a kid.
Online Fitting Tools for Kids Golf Clubs
Most golf club retailers, big and small, have some sort of online fitting tool so we can tinker around and get an idea of what might be a good fit for our swings. I must say upfront that this is not a proper way to get fitted. And most, if not all, of the tools disregard the age or gender of the golfer seeking new clubs. For the most part I would suggest avoiding online fitting tools when seeking a new set of kids golf clubs.
Golf Club Sets at Local and National Retailers
Walk into a PGA Superstore and grab the cutest club set pictured on a box for less than $200 and call it a day!
Just kidding … except for the cute, complete golf club sets in a box. I think this is a reasonable way to invest in a kid’s interest in the game of golf. If that’s the route you’d like to go, I would suggest the used golf shop somewhere near the PGA Superstore.
Don’t get me wrong, I like to shop PGA Superstore for certain things but a starter set would not be one of those. That being said, it you have the means, they can do a great, personalized golf club set fitting for a kid. As the child grows you can trade in at PGA Superstore, per the PGA Value Guide, get refitted, and upgraded to the next set.
I prefer to keep costs down by finding a mildly used kids set at the used golf store. There are typically a few great experts running the stores who often have eBay stores with additional inventory. All the mistakes paid for at full price will be available at major discounts.
For example, Clubfinders is across the street from the PGA Superstore and always have on hand several options for several ages/heights of kids golf club sets. Left handed sets are harder to find but usually represented. The prices will make you smile and allow room to grow into the next set. Local stores like these also take trade-ins according to the PGA Value Guide.
Kids Golf Club Sets at Garage Sales or Online Marketplaces
Don’t get bummed out when the wifey drags you to garage sales and thrift stores! Get ready for golf treasures! OK, it’s hit or miss but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked up single clubs and sets by heading to the back corner of a thrift store or garage sale. The downside is there is no one to help if you don’t know what you’re looking for. One good rule of thumb … if it doesn’t look good don’t waste your dollar.
Even so, as you come across items that pique your interest, these days we can do quick research on our handy, dandy pocket computers. Speaking of those wonderful little devices that are warping our kids’ brains, there is another great market for kids golf clubs.
Facebook Marketplaces, Craigslist and others have a ton of options that you can search in your zip code. Most sellers are pretty good with accurate pictures and the discounts are even bigger than the used golf club retailers. Limit results to within just a few miles of your zip code and you might find a great treasure to get your kiddos a great set of clubs.
Cutting Down a Used Set for Kids
This is pretty old school. My first set were an old set of Spalding blades cut down at the local pro shop, re-gripped, and slid into the coolest canvas walking bag. This is still an option. Places like GOLFTEC employ club wizards that can create beautiful kids sets out of older sets. As long as the club face is not rusted, golf clubs don’t deteriorate. Your kid’s first set might be up in Grandpa’s attic waiting for a $50 overhaul from a golf technician near you.
Your local, used golf club retailer often has a technician that can do this work for you. If you buy grips, the work to cut and bend the clubs is usually around $10 per club. As a former child player, all you really need is the 9, 7, and 5 iron with a 3 wood and a putter. What about a wedge or hybrid? Not necessary! Learn how to chip and run with the 9, 7, and 5 irons and get off the tee with that 3 wood. Hit 100 perfect 9 irons before mastering the 7.
These are the ways to form a sound, athletic, clean golf swing and there’s nothing better than the feel from an old set cut down to fit your kid.
There are many other ways to lock down a great set of kids golf clubs. EBay and Amazon makes it easier than ever to get what you want fast and cheap. There’s nothing wrong with those options. From my words above you can see where my personal feelings and opinions land. To me, golf is a game of feel; something that still demands our patience, etiquette, and good demeanor. With that, I believe the search for a set of clubs to introduce a young person to the game deserves a well thought out and careful process. That first set can make all the difference in the world to their excitement for the game.
It all comes down to how much time and money you have to invest. It may also depend on how many activities your kid is into and the ratio into which they stick with it. Hopefully I have helped reveal some of the best options and how they will fit into your life.
Most of all, I hope you and your kids find happiness on the golf course while spending quality time together.
All the best, jerry