Getting a junior to pick up a golf club and become interested in the game is always great to see. However, you need to back up this enthusiasm and interest by making sure that they are able to have a quality set of clubs.
After all, you will already be familiar of what a good set of clubs can do for your game, and the exact same applies when dealing with a junior player. These clubs can transform their game in an instant. It can make such a difference when it comes to what they are scoring.
In saying that, there are a number of sets out there on the market to choose from, so finding something suitable can be tough. So, we are looking at making that task a lot easier by looking at different options that we feel are pretty good at what they offer.
Junior clubs have the ability to either make or break what someone thinks of the game of golf. You only have to think about how stressed and annoyed you can become when your own clubs don’t seem to be performing. Well, it can be even worse when dealing with a junior player.
So, onto the reviews.
Table of Contents
- 1. Best Overall - Tour Edge HL-J Junior Set
- Overall Conclusion
- 2. Best for Younger Children - Aspire Golf Junior Plus Orange
- Overall Conclusion
- 3. Best for Girls - Precise XD-J
- Overall Conclusion
- 4. Best for 6 to 8 Year Olds - Ray Cook Manta Ray Junior 6-Piece Set
- Overall Conclusion
- 5. Best for Teens - Tour Edge Bazooka 370 Teen
- Overall Conclusion
- How to Choose the Right Junior Clubs
- The Age Range
- The Loft
- The Clubs
- Key Things to Look Out for
- Overall Conclusion
1. Best Overall - Tour Edge HL-J Junior Set
8 piece set
Available in both left and right hand
350cc high MOI driver included
Aimed at 9 - 12 year olds
Low profile fairway wood
This complete set by Tour Edge is, in our opinion, the best overall set designed specifically for junior players. This is evident when you look at the clubs included in the set, and you see how well they play when out on the course.
Take a look at the driver, for example. This driver has a 350cc head, and it has a high MOI. That means it’s fast, powerful, and still very forgiving. That makes it a whole lot easier to hit the ball, and then know the club will help you out even with mishits.
It’s just not going to twist and turn in their hands, and it will help to prevent crazy mishits and slices off the tee. The fact it will send the ball down the fairway will make a difference to how they feel about the rest of their game as well.
But that’s not all.
The fairway wood included in this set has a low profile. That means they will not struggle with getting the ball up off the deck and into the air. In fact, it will be exceptionally easy for them to do this, and that is when you see their confidence grow.
Moving onto the hybrid, what you have here is a club that comes with a wide sole. That allows it to really caress the ground and leads to a smoother shot. The hybrid also comes with a low CoG, so there should be no real problem when it comes to making contact.
Add in some easy to hit irons, and a perfectly reasonable putter, and what you have is a quality set that should be more than adequate for several years.
There’s no doubt that this set by Tour Edge is impressive, and it will certainly be there to help any junior when it comes to their game. It makes it easy to hit the ball, and the forgiveness also helps.
The fact that we can only feel that the inclusion of a wedge is the only downside is impressive. Overall, this set is exceptional, and that is why we have it listed as our overall favorite.
2. Best for Younger Children - Aspire Golf Junior Plus Orange
Ideal for kids as young as 6
Made from aluminum
Graphite shafts are included
Swing speed and strength factored into clubs
The Aspire Golf Junior Plus Orange set is aimed specifically at children between the ages of 5 and 6. This is due to the way in which they have factored in height, power, and even swing speed into the creation of the clubs.
They have also sought to focus on the flex of the clubs, and they are designed to reflect the power and swing ability of the age group. That means the flex on the clubs in the orange set, which is for children between 5 and 6 will be different to those aimed at 9 year olds.
But that is why we love this set so much. They have taken so many different factors into consideration with the clubs, and that’s reflected in the shots they can play.
Also, the clubs are clearly very forgiving, and that is a huge deal. It means they can just swing and see what happens with you knowing that the club is there to make a difference.
Overall, these clubs play well, but it’s the way in which they have focused so much on what certain age groups are capable of doing that marks this out as being an impressive set.
This set is very good indeed. It spends so much time focusing on the physical side of things for the age range, and that means the clubs do fit in perfectly with what they are capable of doing.
However, they do focus on short age ranges with the orange set, and if your child goes through a growth spurt, then you may need to change the set and move it up to the next age range. That is the only reason why it loses some marks.
3. Best for Girls - Precise XD-J
Clubs are very lightweight
Come with added loft to help get the ball in the air
Comes with a junior hybrid club included
Easy to carry
Limited clubs makes it easier for shot selection
If you have a girl who is interested in playing golf, then the Precise XD-J golf set is one of the best on the market. Available in both left and right hand, they cover an array of age ranges, and this one that we have listed here is for girls around the ages of 3 to 4.
All of the clubs are extremely lightweight, and that’s done for a reason. It will allow them to swing the clubs with ease, and without being held back by the weight. That leads to better distances with the clubs, and with that comes a real boost to the confidence.
But that’s not all.
The clubs also come with extra loft, and that’s going to go ahead and help you to get the ball up into the air with the shot. There’s nothing worse than constantly hitting ground shots, so these clubs aim to get around that problem by throwing in that extra loft.
One thing that stands out for us with this set has to be the junior hybrid. This is preferred to long irons, and there’s no doubt that it’s easier to hit. Once again, just making that contact, as all clubs are extremely forgiving, makes a real difference.
Overall, these clubs focus entirely on getting the ball off the deck and making the game fun to play. There’s no doubt that this is something that they manage to achieve.
This set is excellent at what it sets out to do, and that’s to make the game fun. It does increase the chances of your child being able to make contact with the ball, and it allows them to let loose with their shots.
However, be aware that club selection is limited, but that’s not a big deal when dealing with this age.
4. Best for 6 to 8 Year Olds - Ray Cook Manta Ray Junior 6-Piece Set
Comes with graphite shafts
Available with left-handed clubs
Added loft to help ball flight
Highly forgiving clubs
Limited clubs to keep things simple
This 6-piece set by Ray Cook is designed to help your child to simply get out on the course without too many problems.
Complete with a driver, a 7 iron, a wedge, a putter, and a stand bag, this is the perfect set to help your child get out onto the course. They have made sure that the loft degree is ideal for this age group, and they should have no difficulty in getting the ball up off the ground with any shot.
In addition, each club is extremely forgiving just as you would expect. This is common with pretty much all junior clubs, so while they are not doing anything special regarding this, there’s no doubt the clubs will work with your child rather than fighting against them.
The set may only have a couple of clubs in it, but those that are included are impressive. Overall, this set can be the ideal starter kit for a child of this age.
This set may be light on clubs, but those that are included are good enough for what you want to do, which is to encourage your child to get out onto the course. They make it easy to hit the ball, and from that comes a lot of confidence and a love for the game.
However, this would have been ever so slightly better if there had been one or two more clubs included in the set. That would have changed shot selection quite considerably, and that is the only reason why we have taken off some marks.
5. Best for Teens - Tour Edge Bazooka 370 Teen
Offers a full set to teens
Comes with a titanium matrix driver
Offers increased distance with their shots
Aimed at teens who have outgrown other clubs
This complete set by Tour Edge incorporates some of the technology from the Bazooka range, and that means it is packed with useful additions that will change their game.
The driver alone comes with a 460cc head, and it also contains a high MOI. That does mean it will be very forgiving, and the distance they will be able to achieve off the tee will be impressive.
These clubs feel exceptionally well balanced, and the club is there to help out even when they hit off the edge of the clubs. Basically, they can let rip with their new found power, and the club is not going to let them down.
The other clubs in the set follow along the same lines as the adult version, but just slightly toned down to deal with the age of the player. That means an optimum CoG for improved launch, but the clubs do not generate a whole lot of spin on the ball, and that is undoubtedly a good thing.
Overall, this set is impressive. It ticks all of the boxes for what you want, and it does so at a fantastic price.
This set is impressive. It’s actually tough to pick up on anything wrong with it all apart from the fact that it has quite a small market.
However, if you have a teen who is in that gap between clubs for younger children and adult sets, then this is going to prove to be ideal.
How to Choose the Right Junior Clubs
Each set that we have mentioned above is impressive in its own right, but how do you know to choose the correct junior clubs? Well, there are several key points to think about.
The Age Range
One of the key things is the age range that the clubs are aimed at. This is something that you do need to focus on simply because of the way in which power and swing capabilities change so quickly according to their age and size.
Also, as you move through the age ranges, the sets tend to come with more clubs. That is due to the natural progression of wanting to increase the number of different shots you can play. Also, improved strength does open up additional shots at the same time.
You must also pay attention to the materials that are used in the construction of the clubs. You will tend to find that they are made from aluminum or other very lightweight materials. This is designed to make it easier to swing the club, and to generate more distance at the same time.
But that’s not always the case. We recommend checking if they are at least graphite shafts as you do not want something that is too heavy. Heavy clubs lead to all sorts of problems, and there’s a good chance it will destroy their love of the game.
You will often want to make sure that the clubs in the set will come with an extra bit of loft incorporated into it.
The aim of having more loft on these clubs is to make it easier to get the ball up off the ground. There’s going to be nothing worse than encountering the ball running along the deck time and time again.
If that happens, then there’s a good chance that they will just quit and start to hate the game. This can be resolved by making sure that there’s enough loft on the clubs to get the ball up into the air without too much difficulty.
As a result, just wait to see their reaction when they manage to get things airborne. It will completely change the way they view the game.
The clubs in the set will vary from brand to brand. Also, the age range that the clubs are aimed at will also determine the clubs that are included.
You will also notice that the driver that comes with the set will increase in size as the age range climbs. By the time you get up to a set that is aimed at the teen market, then you should be looking at a 460cc head.
But typically, you will be looking at some form of a driver, a junior hybrid, putter, and some iron combination. They will often be around a 7-iron, but there may be the distinct lack of a wedge of any kind.
Key Things to Look Out for
There are a number of key things to look out for, and we can summarize them to make life easier for you.
First, keep in mind that your child will grow. That will change the length of clubs they need, and also what they are able to do with the clubs.
Look at sets that are easy to change and adapt according to how they are growing and developing. The Aspire set changes color according to the age range that they are targeting, and this is the perfect example.
Another thing to look out for is how they play. Any club for these age ranges should be making it as easy as possible to hit the ball. They should not be able to disappoint with that in any way.
These clubs should always be highly forgiving, and come complete with a massive sweet spot. That should mean they get some sort of shot even with an almost complete mishit, and it’s all thanks to the way in which these clubs should help them to love the game.
The clubs should be easy to handle, not too many of them to complicate matters, do not produce too much spin, and come with a mid-launch to help get maximum distance.
With those sorts of clubs, it becomes very easy to teach them the game since you know they have the clubs in their set that will help them out. Also, as we have said a number of times, you want them to love the game, and their clubs can make the difference.
So overall, we have to say that both of the sets developed by Tour Edge are impressive in what they offer, and it’s no surprise that they have been the stars of these reviews.
What you get with the sets by Tour Edge are clubs that are well balanced and take a whole lot into consideration in their development. The set for teens is certainly something that covers that space between being too big for kids clubs, and yet not big enough to take advantage of an adult set.
However, we have sought to cover different age ranges with the reviews, and each one has its own positives and merits. Perhaps the key is to keep an eye on the age you are buying for, and make sure the set meets those ages. After that, it should be plain sailing.