"I like golf because the ball goes farther than in any other sport." This was just one of the many candid comments given by participants at our Junior Hot List summit at the Orange County National Golf Center and Lodge in Orlando. We talked to 17 kids, ages 9 to 11, from tournament players to beginners, about which club designs get them the most excited to play. Club companies were evaluated by the quality and options available in their junior lines, not just the sets that fit our testers. When introducing children to the game, it's important that the clubs match their height, strength and grip. To aid in your search, here are 12 club-and-bag sets from companies whose approach to growing the game meets the approval of our Hot List Judges.
Get shorty into golf
Known for the one-inch spacers that allow shaft adjustment, the company has launched, in cooperation with golf retailers, a program called KIDFIT. As many times as needed, parents can bring their growing child to any store where the clubs are sold to get the clubs refitted for free.
Both of the company's package sets include a junior-size model of the X460 driver. The ages 9 to 11 version is a 360 cubic-centimeter titanium clubhead with 16 degrees of loft that completes a seven-club set. The five-club set for ages 5 to 8 has an 18-degree, 320cc clubhead made from aluminum.