I am a Golf Teaching Professional for the Junior Golf Foundation of America (JGFA) and this month I have the pleasure of also teaching Little Linkers (boys and girls ages 5-6). I started playing golf at the age of 5 and I have loved the game ever since. As a result, I pay special attention to this group of students to ensure that they are having fun and not feeling frustrated as they learn how to swing a golf club.
Oftentimes, I find that the source of their frustration is not their technique but rather it is their equipment. The golf clubs that were purchased for them are often much too heavy for their frame. When I give them a golf club that is lighter and more appropriate, the results are significantly different. At the conclusion of the class, I request a brief meeting with the parent to explain what I observed and then I advise them that the JGFA will provide the appropriate equipment during the lesson.
Most golf club companies focus solely on the child's height when they are marketing junior golf clubs. This of course makes the purchasing experience much easier. While the child's height is important the child's strength must also be considered. As a result some companies are using materials that are up to 25% lighter. I provide these clubs during classes and private lessons when appropriate.
If you would like to know if your child is using the right equipment, please contact me.