How do I go about buying Kids Golf Clubs?
Kids golf clubs can be bought from many places, and it's worth comparing what you can get from these different suppliers before committing to spending money on what is an important investment. You can go to specialist golf shops and discount stores, you can find golf clubs on the internet and in newspaper ads, and you can even have them made by custom club makers. Each of these methods has advantages and disadvantages.
Department stores offer very good prices on golf club sets. But they don't necessarily provide the best quality. Most of the clubs found in department stores are "commercial grade". The parts that were used to construct the clubs were not checked as much as the parts that go into constructing top brand clubs. You may find that the lofts and lies haven't been checked as closely and the weights may be a little bit off. You also can't hit test the clubs in department stores. Maybe this is a good place to buy your kid's golf clubs if they are literally just starting out, but if they are more serious about their golf you should try somewhere else.
Sometimes parents will hand down their old clubs to their kids. In almost every case this is not a good idea. They are very likely to be too heavy, too long and too stiff for youngsters. Should you try and cut them down to match the kid's height, the shaft will become even stiffer. Yes, they are free, but unless the kid has tried the club and hits it well then there are almost guaranteed to be better choices.
You can get low prices for used equipment which is a good thing if you are on a budget. You can find used golf clubs on the internet, in newspaper ads and also in many pro-shops who may be trying to sell used sets that were traded in. However, this transaction is not without risk. You need to look for clubface wear and tear, any pitting and rust. Look also for the state of the grips and whether there are matching shafts. When you waggle the club, can you hear a rattle? Can your kid try the club out? If yes, have a go, if not, leave it.
A golf professional has the training to know and understand golf equipment and the golf swing. They may provide golf club fitting as part of their services and you should take advantage of that. The pro and you can see how the ball flies with the clubs. This is more expensive but you pay for peace of mind, especially as alterations can be made if something isn't right.