Junior clubs used to be a simple concept: Take your old sticks, saw them down and voilá, you have a set for your fledgling golfer. However, as we continue to learn more about the importance and benefits of fitting, it's vital that your child gets into the proper equipment at a young age. Not only do these junior-specific clubs make the game easier, they prevent bad habits from forming. And the company at the vanguard of this charge is U.S. Kids.
The U.S. Kids' line has something for every age and experience. For beginners, there is the RightStart set, with super-lightweight, oversize aluminum clubheads to provide a bigger hitting area. The RightStart also has training grips to promote proper hand position and natural swing development.
At the intermediate level is the UltraLight. The irons feature increased toe and heel weighting for added forgiveness, and a progressive sole grind in the wedges helps with turf interaction.
The Tour Series is for skilled juniors not quite ready for adult clubs, a 10-club set with graphite shafts to improve swing speed. Combined with an array of golf ball, bag and other apparel items, U.S. Kids has everything an aspiring player needs.
BEGINNER: U.S. Kids, RightStart, $45
INTERMEDIATE: U.S. Kids, UltraLight, $105-$230 (includes bag)
TRANSITION: U.S. Kids, Tour Series, $540 (includes bag)