Junior Golf: Clubs, Clubs, Clubs

imageIn today’s Wednesday Waggle we are looking at clubs, clubs and more golf clubs. This is an amazing time of year and the sheer number of different makes and models of golf clubs that are available can be overwhelming.

Dad and Mom there are a few new golf clubs that trickle onto the scene throughout the year, but now is when the old clubs, new clubs and used clubs are all for sale. And the good news is that you and your daughter can get a great education. Learn the terminology of golf clubs. There are club heads called cavity backs, muscle backs, blades and more. Shaft stiffness from less stiff to more stiff are: ladies, senior, men’s regular, men’s stiff, men’s extra stiff and more. Golf club grips come in undersize, standard, midsize and oversize. An putter grips are another world all unto themselves. (photo golfdigest.com)

So what is a parent to do? If you already have a go-to PGA Professional, go see her and ask her to explain some of these parts of a golf club and the different designs and terminologies and how your daughter can try different clubs to see which ones are best for her skill level, which ones she likes and which ones she hits the best. In other words, there is a style of club that looks good in theory, but hitting balls with different clubs is the only real way to home in on what club design is the best fit for her.

Soon you daughter will have some time off for Christmas break. If geography is an issue and you are in an area with a limited selection of golf clubs, this is the time to plan a day or overnight trip to a city that has at least 1 or more of the big golf retailers. We’re talking about Edwin Watts Golf, Golf Galaxy, Golfsmith, and Dick’s Sporting Goods to name a few. While these stores will not have any used clubs they may very well have some of last year’s discontinued models on sale and the brand new latest and greatest clubs likely not on sale, but looking very tempting.image

Finding used clubs so that your daughter can hit them can be a challenge. When you know which city you will be visiting, do a search for used golf clubs for sale. There are usually several stores which specialize in selling used golf clubs. Have an idea of what you are looking for before you go and know that they may or may not have a hitting area or driving range. Once you have some clubs in mind, check prices online before going to the used club store. (photo 2ndswing.com)

Couple of tips: never buy golf clubs until your daughter has hit that specific make and model. Buying used anything is risky and golf clubs are not different. Only buy used from a trusted friend or a source that can be vetted. 3 Balls Golf is a great online source that always has thousands of used golf clubs for sale.

See you on #1 tee with some nice looking golf clubs that you can hit… Sam

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