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How do I choose the right set?
There are two basic types of clubs to choose from: pre-packaged sets (clubs are built and boxed by the manufacturer) and custom built clubs (clubs we build using our own shafts and the highest quality clubheads and grips on the market). When we started this business back in 1999, we offered custom built clubs, but the price of the components escalated making it impractical to continue. As a result, we now focus on pre-packaged sets and offer only the best value (quality and price) to our customers.

Pre-packaged sets contain clubs pre-built to fit a specified age range or height range. The pre-packaged sets we have chosen to offer our customers are built with high quality components by reputable companies, and offer outstanding value for the dollar. The best method for selecting a pre-built set properly is to look for the recommended height or knuckle-to-floor range for the set. If your junior's measurements fall at the top of the range, select the next size up and have him or her grip down an inch or two during initial play. Then they will have a chance to grow into the clubs and maximize your investment.

There are basically two ways to shop for junior golf clubs: by age and by height. While most manufacturers offer their sets by age range, it is more accurate to shop by height. This way the clubs will be closer to the right fit, since your junior may be small or tall for their age range. In each of our product pages, we have included the recommended height range and the length of each club, to make set/club selection as informative and accurate as possible.

Club Length - One of the most important aspects of introducing a young player to the game of golf is providing them with proper fitting equipment. Poor fitting clubs can lead to swing problems that can be difficult to correct in later years, and even affect the desire to play.

Clubs that are too long will cause the junior to compensate with a swing that is too “flat”, and clubs that are too short will lead to a swing that is too upright. Both instances will make it difficult for the junior to make consistent contact with the ball, resulting in needless frustration and an understandable desire to give up and try something that is more fun! The best choice is a club approximately 1.5” longer than an exact fit, which allows the junior to “choke down” during initial play, gradually moving his/her hands higher on the grip as they grow over the next two seasons.

You can find the pre-packaged set that matches best by comparing your junior's measurements with those recommended by the manufacturer. Typically, if the height range for the set is 44 - 52 inches and your junior stands 48 inches tall you would have a great match. If your junior is at the lower end of the scale you may want to continue your search, as the clubs may be be too long. If your junior is at the high end of the range you may want to select the next larger size, or search for a different height range.

Bottom line: if your child's height is about in the middle of the manufacturer's suggested height range, you're safe. If not, search for a different brand with a different height range. Always strive to purchase clubs a little long for your junior - this ensures the junior will grow into the clubs and allows parents to maximize their investment.

Custom Built Clubs - we no longer offer custom built clubs - the club length chart below is the chart we used for building custom junior golf clubs - for your reference only.

 
 
AKGC Custom Built Clubs - Playing Lengths by Height
Height
Driver
3 Wood
3 Iron
5 Iron
7 Iron
9 Iron
PW
SW
Putter
36"
26"
25"
-
22"
21.5"
21"
20.5"
20.5"
20.5"
37"
26"
25"
-
23"
22.5"
22"
21.5"
21.5"
21.5"
38"
26"
25"
-
23"
22.5"
22"
21.5"
21.5"
21.5"
39"
27"
26"
-
24"
23.5"
23"
22.5"
22.5"
22"
40"
28"
27"
-
24"
23.5"
23"
22.5"
22.5"
22"
41"
30"
29"
-
26"
25"
24"
23.5"
23.5"
23"
42"
31"
30"
-
27"
26"
25"
24.5"
24.5"
23.5"
43"
32"
31"
-
27"
26"
25"
24.5"
24.5"
23.5"
44"
33"
32"
-
28"
27"
26"
25.5"
25.5"
24.5"
45"
33"
32"
-
28"
27"
26"
25.5"
25.5"
24.5"
46"
34"
33"
-
29"
28"
27"
26.5"
26.5"
25.5"
47"
34"
33"
-
29"
28"
27"
26.5"
26.5"
25.5"
48"
35"
34"
31"
30"
29"
28"
27.5"
27.5"
27"
49"
35"
34"
31"
30"
29"
28"
27.5"
27.5"
27"
50"
36"
35"
32"
31"
30"
29"
28.5"
28.5"
28"
51"
36"
35"
32"
31"
30"
29"
28.5"
28.5"
28"
52"
36"
35"
32"
31"
30"
29"
28.5"
28.5"
28"
53"
37"
36"
33"
32"
31"
30"
29.5"
29.5"
29"
54"
37"
36"
33"
32"
31"
30"
29.5"
29.5"
29"
55"
38"
37"
34"
33"
32"
31"
30.5"
30.5"
30"
56"
38"
37"
34"
33"
32"
31"
30.5"
30.5"
30"
57"
39"
38"
35"
34"
33"
32"
31.5"
31.5"
31"
58"
39"
38"
35"
34"
33"
32"
31.5"
31.5"
31"
59"
39"
38"
35"
34"
33"
32"
31.5"
31.5"
31"
60"
40"
39"
36"
35"
34"
33"
32.5"
32.5"
32"
61"
41"
40"
37"
36"
35"
34"
33.5"
33.5"
33"
62"
41"
40"
37"
36"
35"
34"
33.5"
33.5"
33"


Club and Shaft Weight - Another important aspect of junior golf clubs is the overall club weight. Heavy clubs with cut down adult steel shafts and clubheads designed and weighted for adults are very difficult for smaller golfers to swing efficiently, and sometimes result in the junior golfer spinning around way too many times at the end of the swing!

A club properly weighted for a junior will allow the speed of the arms to match the rotation of the body, resulting in better club head-ball contact, more distance and improved accuracy. We have found that up to about nine years old a junior needs both a lighter club head and a lighter shaft. A lighter shaft combined with standard weight clubheads works great for most nine to twelve year olds, preparing them for graduation to adult clubs in their teen years.

We look far and wide for the perfect match between quality, technology and playability, then test the clubs extensively to make sure our customers will be happy with the performance characteristics.

Shaft Flex - It is very difficult to design a junior shaft that matches the varying swing speeds of juniors. Companies have marketed junior clubs with shafts that were proven to be too flexible, and at the other end of the spectrum Tiger Woods successfully played an extra stiff adult shaft as a kid. Since a shaft which is too flexible does not work well and most junior golfers do not possess the athletic ability of Tiger Woods, something in the middle suits most juniors.

In general, the younger the golfer the more flex required, so we looked for specially designed composite shafts in sets for juniors between three and eight years old. For juniors between nine and twelve years old we offered steel shafts specially designed for juniors (smaller grip diameter, added flex) by the largest and most experienced steel shaft manufacturer on the planet, True Temper. We also offeedr a lightweight, low flex point graphite shaft for those juniors with slower swing speeds or those seeking added distance.

Grips - Since the grip is where the human body contacts the club, we believe it should be as comfortable as possible, so we use the best grips available. For juniors between the ages of 3 and 8 we used Wynn Junior Excel grips, and for juniors between 9 and 12 years old we used Golf Pride Junior Tour Velvet grips.