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Fitting your child for clubs - This is an important decision!

Fitting your child for clubs – This is an important decision!

Fitting your child for clubs – This is an important decision!

Golf Chats is a website to encourage discussions on various subjects relating to the game of golf. I am Mel Sole, Director of Instruction of the Mel Sole Golf School and SAPGA Master Professional.  I invite you to enter into a discussion on this or any article on the website.  The input is for the entire subscriber base to learn something new each time!  Please post your comments below.  Keep it clean and tasteful.  We are here to learn from one another!

Almost 50% of the juniors I teach have incorrect golf equipment. 

Fitting your child for clubs helps the child develop a correct golf swing motion.  Clubs that are too long will make the child swing too flat.  Clubs that are too heavy (cut off adult clubs) will make them get too “handsy” as they try to lift the club, and clubs that are too light for them will make them hit from the top as they try to create more club-head speed.

What’s the best way to select the right golf club size for your child? Different manufacturers of kids golf clubs provide different ways to fit your child: age range, height, and knuckle-to-ground measurements. We’ll explore the pros and cons of each and determine which is the best.


Age is a good starting point. It’s useful for a fitting because it’s the easiest ‘measurement’ to figure out. However, this is a flawed method of measurement because children of the same age vary in height. For example, one 8-year old child can be much larger than another 8-year old. Almost all manufacturers provide age information on their kids’ golf clubs.


Height is the next best way to determine which club size is appropriate for a child. Most manufacturers provide height-ranges on their clubs. However, one limitation to this method of measurement is that children often have varying arm lengths.

Knuckle-to-Ground Measurement.

Some manufacturers, like Paragon, will provide knuckle-to-ground measurements for their kids’ set. Knuckle-to-ground measurement for fitting kids golf clubs will yield the best fit because this measurement takes into account height and differences in arm length.

Fitting your child for clubs - This is an important decision!

As you can see from the figure above, a child with shorter arms may need longer clubs, and a child with longer arms may need shorter clubs.

Finding out the knuckle-to-ground measurement of your child is very easy. Have your child stand up straight and take a measuring tape and measure the distance between the ground and his/her knuckles. If you don’t have a measuring tape available, have your child stand by a wall and mark off with a pencil where his/her knuckles reach, and you can measure that distance with a ruler.

It’s important to get him/her club fitted to ensure the correct shaft and flex. As they grow, you’ll need to change to longer clubs and different levels of flex to match their size.
Hybrids are new for junior sets, but they are trendy already. These are terrific for youngsters because they combine the accuracy of an iron with a wood’s forgiveness. And hybrids are much easier to hit than long irons.
Fitting your child for clubs - This is an important decision!

Fitting the correct equipment is critical at any age!

Choose a putter with an oversized mallet head and alignment lines. The putter’s length is critical as it will help them get into a correct putting posture with their eyes directly over the ball and their arms hanging down vertically and relaxed.
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