You have been dreaming of this day for years!! Junior has been swinging clubs from an early age and you are already planning your early retirement based on the promise you have seen in Junior’s golf. After all, no one can compete with Junior, there is just no way!!!
Finding the best clubs for teenagers can be challenging. To select the golf set that they will be using in this trying time where they will be growing at a rapid rate, and mature into likable, mature people, is not going to be either fun or easy.
Just to make life a little more difficult for you, there are a variety of clubs and found under different names. That will be a challenge within itself. Look under the categories of Ladies, Varsity, High School, Junior, and even Light Men’s Clubs and you are sure to find something that will be acceptable to your adorable offspring.
- Selecting The Clubs, What To Look Out For
- Clubs To Consider Adding To Your Teen’s Bag
- Best Golf Clubs for Teenagers
- Precise Golf
- 1. Precise Teenager Complete Golf Set
- 2. Precise M5 Teenager Complete Set
- 3. Ping i210
- 4. Ping G400 irons
- 5. Ping i500 Irons
- TaylorMade Irons
- 6. TaylorMade P790 Irons
- 7. TaylorMade P770 Irons
- 8. TaylorMade M3 and M4 Irons
- 9. Titleist 718 AP1
- 10. Titleist 718 AP2
- 11. Callaway Rogue, Rogue Pro, and Rogue X
- 12. Callaway Apex CF16
- 13. Cobra King F8
- 14. KING F9 Speedback
- 15. Cobra King Forged Tec
Selecting The Clubs, What To Look Out For
The first thing to remember is that teenage years are a phase in life where a lot of changes will happen and the transition from child to adult means that the type of clubs that you select now may be transitional but could become a longer-term fixture if you select wisely.
Dusting off an old set of clubs from your ever-growing collection, or a set that was inherited from gramps, may not be the ideal solution. There will come a time in the future where this can happen, just not right now.
What are the things to take into consideration when acquiring a set that will provide Junior with the best opportunity to reach those lofty goals and fulfill your dreams of early retirement and the beach lifestyle?
Comfort Over Form
It is important for Junior to feel comfortable with the equipment to be utilized. Ensure that the shaft characteristics, grip, length, and flex, are suited to their posture and height making them feel comfortable at address.
Consider the set make-up
Realize where Junior is in the development phase of his or her golfing career. It may not be required to load that bag with every club available in the pro shop.
Not only will it add weight to drag along but it may not really be required to cover all distances. Another reminder, junior is going to change rapidly in height and strength, purchase what is required in the medium term and replenish on a regular basis as the height, strength and ability increase. Ensure that the clubs that are adding weight to the bag, will add to the enjoyment that will be experienced on the fairways.
Clubs To Consider Adding To Your Teen’s Bag
Lighter materials and enhanced aerodynamic features will assist greatly in producing greater clubhead speed and promote more enjoyment. The correct shaft flex, weight, and grip will add to hours of enjoyment rather than add to the stress levels.
Look at the largest head available and competition legal. All the assistance possible is required and will be appreciated. The current maximum is 460 cc and most, if not all, manufacturers will have one available. If there is not one available in the brand that Junior has set his heart on, there is no harm in mixing brands.
Hybrids and long irons
Manufacturers have made the option of hybrids available for a substantial time now and there is a great reason for this. Hybrids provide the best characteristics of both irons and woods. The lower center of gravity makes them simply easier to hit than long irons and they provide more distance and accuracy. What more can a fast-maturing teenager want?
The wide-sole, cavity-backed irons provide you with a lower center of gravity for higher ball trajectory and increased distance. Steer away from blade headed clubs for now.
Look for clubs that deliver forgiveness but also provide excellent feedback through the hands and offer Junior the ability to improve on the workability side of his game.
A good pitching wedge and a sand wedge are generally the minimum requirements.
There is no harm in adding a few additional wedges to the bag to entice a learning experience for a better result. A lob wedge may drive Junior to explore options around the green and become a magician shaving strokes off the score.
Alignment plays a major role in getting that white little ball into the bucket and reduce your scores. Junior still needs to master this difficult area of the game. Provide him with a mallet putter as the improved balance will increase confidence.
Stick to your budget without skimping on getting the best that you can afford. Better clubs will produce better results. Remember that beach house you are longing for? This could be your deposit.
Best Golf Clubs for Teenagers
Precise has been serving the golfing industry since 1987 when they started as a golf cart distributor under the name of Tartan sports. Having changed their name and broadening their focus to include golfing gear they now offer a complete line of carts, clubs, bags, and accessories.
They have several sets of clubs aimed and successful in the teenage and junior golf market of which we will review two sets here.
Unless Junior grows as fast as a bamboo tree that has broken ground, the Precise Teenager Complete set will last for several years as it is suitable for golfers between the height of 5’0″ and 5’8″.
Being a complete set, Junior will reap the benefit of being able to attempt all the shots in the training videos that he so adores.
All woods have 100% Graphite Shafts and irons have True Temper Steel Shafts. The standard length for the driver shaft is 43 inches.
This comprehensive set consists of the clubs as set out below and should enable junior to get as close as possible to the adult experience.
- One Titanium driver
- One Fairway wood
- One Hybrid
- Four irons ranging from 7-iron through to pitching wedge
- One Stand-bag
- Three head covers
The lightweight construction of the set will assist junior golfers by adding to their swing speed. In addition to being lightweight, the clubs are extremely durable and forgiving. This is a great combination for someone growing their experience of golf.
Although lightweight, there is sufficient weight in the irons to provide a solid feel but not too heavy for average strength teenagers to struggle with.
The standard putter has a good combination of markings to assist with alignment on the greens.
The Precise M5 Teenager is aimed at golfers between the ages of 13 and 16 and standing somewhere between 5’1” and 5’6” tall. There are titanium inserts in the heads that will enable teenage golfers to improve their game through fantastic feedback and enhanced feel,
The 100% graphite shafts on the woods and True Temper steel shafts on the irons come as standard issue. Compared to other clubs in this category, Precise M5 Teenager has a more mature look and feel
- One Driver
- One Fairway Wood
- One Hybrid,
- One 7-iron
- One 9-iron
- One Pitching Wedge
- One Sand wedge
- One Putter
- One stand bag
- Three head covers
Golfers that have proven to have more ability will benefit greatly from this set. The feedback received from contact is of high quality and will enable rapid growth in Junior’s ability.
Precisely what most teenage golfers require, a no-fuss set of golf clubs. They are ready for action and provide the teenage golfer with the full range of clubs yet keep it simple enough to concentrate on their golf and not too much on the technology provided.
In their quest to enhance the club fitting process, Ping has through their research over many years developed their color code chart. With ongoing research, they continuously improve the accuracy of the chart resulting in an easier process of fitting for clubs. The lie angle and shaft length are determined by your swing plane and upright stance and will greatly assist teenage golfers to purchase the best fitting clubs to suit their preferences.
In their offering Ping has several sets available for teenagers suitable to all abilities from beginners through to advanced competition golfers.
3. Ping i210
Advanced Junior players with single-digit handicaps enjoy the Ping i210 range of clubs and they are highly sought after by competition golfers. The Hydropearl finish on the face promotes ball control from wet and rough conditions. In addition to the control that it offers it serves as protection to the clubface extending the life of the club.
4. Ping G400 irons
The Ping G410 iron range replaces the G400 range and is aimed at the lucrative game improvement market and is marketed as super game improvement clubs. They provide a bridge between the slightly heavier Kids iron range and the lighter adult golfer ranges. There is an offset that will assist in the game improvement abilities of this set. Increased performance has is realized from the thinner clubface and forgiveness is part of the package.
5. Ping i500 Irons
Intermediate to advanced golfers will benefit most from playing with the Ping i500 irons as more advanced technology is available than in the i200 and i210 sets. The irons present themselves as player’s irons and will be keen on the eye of the advanced players.
The cavity-backed irons have lofts that are around 2.5 degrees stronger than most of the competition and this provides more distance. The stronger lofts were made possible by the higher launch angle that Ping engineered.
Shafts are available in graphite but as an optional extra and adding a significant amount to the already steep cost of the set.
As one of the best-known premium brands TaylorMade provides several sets to cater to the transitioning phase from junior golfers to adult golfers. This is where our teenage golfers purchase most of their equipment.
They provide great flexibility in setting the configuration of teenage clubs allowing selection of loft, lie angle, shaft length and flex in either steel or graphite.
6. TaylorMade P790 Irons
The first set that we will look at is the P790 which is aimed at the game improvement market and is used by all levels in many levels of tournaments.
The hollow body design is filled with “speed foam” that enhances the forgiveness provided and generates exceptional distance. MoI improvement in the 3-iron through 7-iron is because of the tungsten weights placed on the inside of these irons. TaylorMade Speed Pocket technology enhances the trampoline effect of the face for increased distance.
Color combinations of matt chrome or black PVD finish. The black PVD finish clubs come with color-coded black shafts that provide visions of the Black Knight.
8. TaylorMade M3 and M4 Irons
And now the jewel in the TaylorMade crown. The M3 / M4 range is targeted at the game improvement market but will make almost all categories of players very happy.
Aesthetically they are very pleasing on the eye and provides the golfer with and inspires confidence at first sight. Faster ball speed is achieved through a stiffer frame and a faster face built from the TaylorMade RIBCOR technology. Faster ball speed produces more distance, and this is no exception. Forgiveness and distance are part of the package and no extra requests required.
Size-wise, the head is larger than the preceding M1 irons but comes in at a lighter weight.
All the technology and research that has gone into the TaylorMade clubs comes at a premium but still well worth trying this out and investing in Junior’s future.
As another premium brand in the market, Titleist has been producing great irons for the better player for decades.
A new version of the AP1 and AP2 range is released every second year on the even year. The first in the series, the 710 range, was released in 2010 and the latest 718 range in 2018.
The AP1 is classified as super game improvement and the AP2 as game improvement irons.
9. Titleist 718 AP1
The AP1 range is classified as Super Game Improvement irons but is suitable for all teenage golfers from beginner through advanced competition players. The 7 iron sets come in the form of a 5-iron all the way to a gap wedge.
Enhanced MoI is created from the high-density tungsten weights placed in the corners of the face. A lower center of gravity enabled Titleist to produce stronger lofts on all clubs thus producing excellent distance but sacrificing in the workability department. The AP1 range being super game improvement irons is targeted at distance and forgiveness over workability.
10. Titleist 718 AP2
The 718 AP2 is a 7-Piece iron set aimed at the more advanced players, sometimes called “better players” or single handicap players. This is even used by some tour professionals which will endear them to many a teenager.
The compact head has a more solid feel than the AP1 but is much more forgiving than the MB blade range, which we will not review here.
There are steel inserts on the face of the 3-iron through to the 7-iron while the 8-iron up to the pitching wedge are made of forged carbon steel for more of a soft feel.
Advanced teenage golfers will be better off playing the AP2 range and maybe mix it up with some of the other clubs in the Titleist range. For the lesser experienced golfers, the AP1 range is highly recommended.
With one of the largest selection of clubs on the market, this premium manufacturer will be able to provide the aspiring teenage golfer with a wide variety of choice and cover all abilities from beginner to the advanced golfer.
It would be impossible to review all the clubs available in the Callaway stable, but we will endeavor to review some of the most suitable clubs for Junior.
11. Callaway Rogue, Rogue Pro, and Rogue X
There is a range of clubs under the Rogue banner that all have similar characteristics. The same 360 Face Cup as can be found in the Great Big Bertha and Epic irons, combined with the Variable Face Technology provides excellent ball speed on contac.t
Forgiveness on mishits is improved through the weight distribution provided by the tungsten weights in the head. Feel and sound is enhanced by the urethane compound that provides for more flex on the face.
The Rogue range creates the appearance that they are more aimed at the better player but still provides for excellent forgiveness. Golfers of any ability will benefit from the Rogue set.
A smaller and thinner topline on the Rogue Pro creates the look of a “players iron” that provides more workability and less forgiveness.
There are longer and lighter shafts on the Rogue X and creates stronger lofts. Neither of these will benefit teenage golfers.
As the Rogue W is primarily aimed at ladies and senior players, some teenagers with slower speeds will benefit from the ease of getting the ball into the air and extra distance.
12. Callaway Apex CF16
A set of 7 irons aimed at advanced junior golfers, the Apex irons is not a new name to the market. It has been around for a long time and been in the bags of many professional golfers. The Cup Face, yes, that’s what the CF stands for, combined with the forged irons makes up the longer iron part of the set, 3-iron up to 7-iron.
The latest technology in use, compound materials and improvement in manufacturing methods, makes the CF16 and CF16 Black more forgiving than the original Apex irons.
The True Temper shafts that are a standard-issue will suit teenage golfers but there is an option to move to the lighter graphite option should it be required.
This is not a budget club but well worth the investment should you be able to stretch your budget to ensure that junior is afforded every chance to realize that awesome potential you have witnessed.
13. Cobra King F8
Junior golfers that require super game improvement irons and have a moderate to high swing speed will reap the benefits of the Cobra King F8 irons.
High flying, long-distance shots will be available all day long. Add some decent looks and Cobra’s Connect Arccos Technology for shot tracking and game analysis, you will have many teenagers grinning from ear to ear.
The center of gravity on the four-iron up to the seven-iron is lowered using a hollow construction combined with a hot face plate result in ball speed, higher launch, and more distance. The cavity-back design on the eight-iron through to the pitching wedge promotes accuracy on shorter shots increased and the feel is improved through the use of carbon fiber inserts that dampen the vibrations.
The set is rounded off with a gap, lob and sand wedge. This is a very rare occurrence that manufacturers provide all the wedges as part of a set.
14. KING F9 Speedback
There is a newer option of the Cobra King F8 available aimed at beginners and intermediate teenage golfers. The F9 Speedback comes with a larger head than the F8 and provides the forgiveness that is required by golfers in the target market. The F9 Speedback is also available in single length clubs that have become fashionable over the last few years.
Both the F8 and F9 are available in lightweight graphite shafts and even extends to the inclusion of Lite and Senior flex.
15. Cobra King Forged Tec
Want a set aimed at the advanced teenage golfer that can work the ball around the course? The Cobra King Forged Tec Black irons are just for you. Playability does not sacrifice all the forgiveness.
Tungsten weights are paced in the heel to provide forgiveness while the 4140-stainless steel face insert creates longer and straighter shots. Feel and sound is enhanced via the use of carbon fiber insert on the face.
The Recoil 660 shaft that comes as standard will suit many teenage golfers.
Cobra has a set for all abilities and levels of competency and has even made single-length shafts available to suit more golfers. Cobra is a brand that has been around for many years and provides flexibility.
Pleasing a teenager will never be an easy task. Selecting a set of golf clubs that will make the game easier and more enjoyable is even more difficult. Combining the two can turn into a real nightmare.
We hope that we have been able to provide you with some guidance to lighten this heavy burden that lays ahead of you. There are so many options available and a difficult selection process to meet Junior’s exact requirements.
The premium manufacturers all play in this space to prepare your teenager for club selection when they graduate to the big league.
As this stage is temporary and Junior is expected to outgrow the clubs within a few years you must make a difficult decision based on your budgetary constraints and your dreams of early retirement based on Junior’s progress into the professional ranks. If finances are of no concern, look to the premium manufacturers for the best clubs.
Our selection for the best teenage golf set is the Precise M5 Teenager Complete Set. This is a highly affordable set and performs well while looking good. You might have to purchase a few additional clubs and as the teenager improves they might need to be upgraded but they offer a great basic starting point for the aspiring teenage golfer.