Beware the temptation to buy clubs a little on the big side and have your child “grow into the clubs.” If your child is right on the cusp between two sizes, then this strategy may be okay, but don’t stretch too far. Clubs that are too long will create problems with form that may be hard, if not impossible, to undo down the road.
If your child has to “choke up” more than one inch to swing properly, the clubs are too long.
2. Kids' golf balls
Choosing the right ball for your child to play with is almost as important as getting the proper clubs. Many characteristics of adult balls will not yield satisfactory results for children.
Most young golfers have swing speeds under 80 mph. At those slower speeds, he will need a softer ball with lower compression to get the ball up in the air and keep it going in a straight line.
There are several kid-friendly versions to consider that come in a variety of playful colors, but there are also numerous adult balls that offer the same qualities.
When you see the look of accomplishment on your child’s face when the ball is hit high and straight, you’ll realize just how important the choice of a ball turned out to be.
3. Kids' golf clothing
Part of the grand tradition of golf is found in the attire. Rules vary from course to course, so you should check specifics before heading out to play. However, you can easily take a cue from adult golf clothing etiquette that will safely apply in almost every situation.
Other clothing items you may want to consider are those that help keep the child comfortable in all sorts of weather. Children are often undaunted by the rain, but on a cool spring day, you won’t want to make them quit mid-course, nor do you want them soaked through.
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