Golf Digest (South Africa) - - Family Day -

If you do only one thing right, take the time to get ju­nior a de­cent wedge with a soft ex shaft and proper grip size. Noth­ing breeds con dence and en­joy­ment like get­ting good with the short game. So make sure the put­ter ts, too.

1 Five clubs is plenty to start. One wood, a high­lofted hy­brid (22 de­grees or more), a 7-iron, wedge and put­ter will pro­vide enough dis­tance gaps so your o spring can al­ways take aim at the range picker.


Other than the put­ter, there’s no rea­son for any 3

club with less than 15 de­grees of loft.At least un­til your young­ster is reach­ing greens in regulation. Not a bad rule for you, ei­ther. Fit by height, not age. US Kids Golf founder and CEO DanVan Horn says a driver that stands taller than ve cen­time­tres below the ster­num en­cour­ages bad swings and less fun.That ap­plies to golfers of any age, so Dad might want to re­con­sider his 46-inch driver, too.

4 Too heavy is just as harm­ful as too long.As Ping’s Bill Iseri says,“It’s bet­ter to have your child grow out of clubs than grow into them.”

5 If your son’s or daugh­ter’s rst set costs more than a quar­ter of what you paid for your irons, it’s ei­ther too much or you need new irons.

6 The brand-name golf balls of their he­roes are fine. Get ju­nior a Sharpie pen and have him mark his just like the pros do. But if he starts sign­ing vi­sors, make him weed the gar­den. – MIKE STACHURA


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