What do I look for in Junior Golf Clubs?
Every golf-loving parent would love for their son or daughter to grow up loving the game as much as they do. How proud the feeling must be to see your progeny make good contact with the ball and see it sail into the air. This could hook the kid on the game for life, as long as you follow this experience up properly.
What does this mean? Well for a start do not expect your kid to make do with trying to use your big clubs or give them cut down clubs that don't fit them or have grips that are too big and shafts that are too stiff. Junior will not stick to the game if they constantly have to fight against their equipment. So you need to start to look for the right clubs for them.
Club heads can be specially made for junior golfers. Manufacturers can make the heads have lighter weights and higher lofts than the heads of adult clubs. Juniors do not swing as fast as adults, so you need the lighter weight and the extra loft to get the ball up in the air. The child's interest level is most likely to be proportional to the frequency with which they get the ball up in the air, so it's worth going for it and getting them the right equipment. Thus, a junior 5 iron will have the same loft as an adult 6 iron. If a junior uses an adult club, then the low loft makes it tough to get the ball airborne and the extra weight makes it almost impossible to swing smoothly for juniors.
Club heads are lighter and have greater lofts but that doesn't mean their heads are bigger. Instead the club heads tend to be smaller, in proportion to the size of the junior golfer. You are not likely to find these smaller clubs in a "full" set, but rather in a "half" set, probably constituting the 3 iron, 5 iron, 7 iron, 9 iron plus maybe a wedge and a (more forgiving) heel-toe putter. There should be a driver with a 3 wood also well. The driver will not be like an adult club though, it will have about 13 degrees of loft, which is like an adult 3 wood.
The next step after the junior golf set is the full set of ladies' clubs, which are shorter and lighter and more flexible than men's clubs so the junior is still helped to get the ball airborne. Once the early teens are reached male golfers are normally ready for a set of adult clubs.
Remember that whoever the golfer is, they should have the right grips, shafts and swingweight for their individual needs.