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The Correct Fit for Your Junior Golfer: Part 2

The Correct Fit for Your Junior Golfer continues with our Wednesday Waggle😊, named after PGA Professional Jason Duffner’s well-known “waggle” that is an integral part of his pre-shot routine. Our WW includes a reminder to review this week’s Monday Mulligan and apply what was presented, adds new information and encourages you to “keep on keepin on” with your kiddo. (photo of Jason Duffner from golf digest.com)

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So what other equipment does she need: the list would include golf balls, tees, gloves, golf bags and perhaps carts. Low compression balls are a must for beginner to intermediate level junior golfers. Their slower swing speeds, usually until puberty, require a ball with a softer core. This enables your kiddo to compress the ball and maximize distance. There are a variety of inexpensive golf balls that will be fine for your junior golfer’s beginning years. There are bargain brands where you get 2-dozen balls for $10.00 and until you see how serious your young golfer is, they are just fine. Reloads or recycled golf balls are also an inexpensive option. As her/his skill level and strength progresses, you can be more comfortable buying some of the top names, like Titleist, Bridgestone, Callaway, Taylormade, Srixon and more.

Buy a large bag of tees in a mid-length like 2.75 inches. This length works for every situation your golfer will encounter.

Our family has always worn golf gloves. They go on the weak hand: if you are right-handed, the glove goes on the left hand. Proper fit is the fingers need to allow full extension of the fingers and the palm should ne taught from the base of the thumb to the base of the little finger, no wrinkles. Cadet-length gloves are for folks with shorter fingers. Always try each glove on before buying. Please be aware that finding golf gloves in junior sizes can be a challenge and if you don’t have a big box golf store nearby, shopping online is about the only way to go.

Golf bags are a world unto themselves. You want your junior golfer to be able to carry their own bag, so for the youngest kiddos, get a small bag with one or two pockets and just put four or five clubs and a few balls and tees in it. As she/he gets stronger you want to work your way to a “stand” bag, where two legs pop out of the front to allow the bag to stand on its own at a usable angle for pulling clubs.

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So take another look at the Monday Mulligan, evaluate how you and your kiddo are doing, add today’s Waggle information and find a way to do some shopping and go to the range!

See you on #1 tee… Sam

The Correct Fit for Your Junior Golfer Part 1

Here’s your Monday Mulligan. Today we will address item #4 from my previous post, Potholes, Bumps and Curves in Your Junior Golfer’s Path: improper or ill-fitting clubs, equipment or shoes. The correct fit of all these items for your junior golfer is critical.

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As a junior goimagelfer, your child’s main physical activities outside of conditioning exercises are swinging a golf club and walking. This is where they will spend the majority of their time and it is critical for their success and their good health that everything fits them properly.

Over time, you will see many examples of clubs that are too long or too short, a push/pull cart that the kiddo is not strong enough to use, improper footwear and ridiculous clothing. I will touch briefly on each of these areas to give you a sound starting point toward having your junior golfer properly outfitted.

Golf clubs that are the correct length for your kiddo are the single most important piece of equipment. Clubs that are too long or too short can help create bad habits and greatly hinder the chance to hit a good shot. Free club fittings are commonly offered at almost every place that promotes golf from driving ranges and golf courses to retail sporting goods stores and golf specialty stores like Edwin Watts. There will be a charge to shorten or lengthen the clubs. For beginners, US Kids has inexpensive starter sets. Your golf budget is unique to your family and you can certainly spend a ton of money on golf clubs. Our son, Sam III, did not get his first full set of clubs until he was 10 years old. He started with partial sets such as 5, 7, 9-iron, putter and 3-hybrid, and grew into a full set .over a few years time.

This club is the 8-iron from my first full set of golf clubs. Dad gave me his Spaulding Gene Littler Master Model synchro-dyned irons. The are blades, really all irons were blades in the 1950’s. Note the genuine leather tour-wrap grips. They are wonderful, but get slick in the rain.

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So get in the car and make a run to your local golf store. Or get on the Internet and look at used golf clubs on EBay and new ones on Amazon. Plus you can always visit Golfsmith, Edwin Watts, Golf Galaxy and The Golf Warehouse.

Now, get your junior golfer and have some fun! See you on #1 tee… Sam

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