Robert Garrigus is far removed from his days as a junior golfer. As of this writing, he is a 41-year-old member of the PGA Tour. Garrigus is among the longest drivers on that tour, which is saying something. Garrigus routinely hits drives well in excess of 300 yards.

Early on in his career then, it was shocking to see the big-hitting Garrigus once he reached the green and pulled out a 28.5-inch putter that would look more at home in a junior set.

In fact, a shorter shaft is one of the defining features of a junior set. Your junior golfer may never win a professional tour event like Garrigus, but a golf set designed specifically for juniors is a great way to get started in the game.

Here are some of the better options for junior golf club sets.

OUR TOP PICKS

Top Flite Golf Juniors Boys 9-12 or 53' & up Kids Set RH
  • Easy to hit
  • Set is complete enough to get any junior player started
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Wilson Golf Profile JGI Junior Complete Golf Set — Large, Blue, Right Hand
  • Easy to hit
  • Great stand bag
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Callaway Boys XJ Hot Junior Kids Golf Club  Set, Right Hand, 9-12 Years Old
  • Clubs are easy to hit
  • Well-engineered clubs
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Tour Edge HL-J Junior Complete Golf Set with Bag (Right Hand, Graphite, 1 Putter, 3 Irons, 1 Hybrid, 1 Fairway, 1 Driver 9-12) Red
  • An additional seventh club, one more than others listed above
  • Easy to hit
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Precise XD-J Junior Complete Golf Club Set for Children Kids - 3 Age Groups Boys & Girls - Right Hand & Left Hand! (Blue Ages 9-12, Left Hand)
  • Easy to hit
  • High flex shafts
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Cleveland Golf Junior Golf Set, Small Ages 4-6, 3 Clubs and Bag
  • Easy to hit
  • Large set includes seven clubs
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Confidence Junior Golf Club Set with Stand Bag (Right Hand, Ages 8-12)
  • Driver has added loft for ease of use
  • Irons have large heads and perimeter weighting for bigger sweet spots
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TaylorMade Rory Junior Golf Set K50 (8 PC Set, Right Hand, Stiff Flex)
  • High-quality construction
  • Seven clubs included
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Kid's Right-Handed 8 Piece Golf Club Set - Nitro Blaster Kid's Golf Set - 31 Inch Graphite 15-Degree Regular with Bag 9-12 years
  • Inexpensive
  • Starter set
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Orlimar Golf ATS Junior Boy's Red/Black Kids Golf Set (Right Hand Ages 9-12) (Red/Black)
  • Affordable
  • Intended for beginners
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Top-Flite Juniors

Top Flite Golf Juniors Boys 9-12 or 53' & up Kids Set RH

This is a set designed for ages 9-12, with six clubs included: driver, hybrid, 7 iron, 9 iron, sand wedge, and putter. It also comes with head covers for the driver and hybrid and a stand bag.

The driver and hybrid are made with a low center of gravity that helps get the ball airborne. The two irons are made with a wide sole to make them easier to hit and to promote confidence.

The entire set is lightweight enough for kids to carry on course.

The set is designed for kids of heights at 4-foot-5 and up, although once they approach 5-foot tall, these may be too short.

Pros

  • Easy to hit
  • Set is complete enough to get any junior player started
  • Kids will grow out of these clubs sooner than they will the nice stand bag

Cons

  • Kids could outgrow these in a short period
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Wilson Profile JGI

Wilson Golf Profile JGI Junior Complete Golf Set — Large, Blue, Right Hand

This set is engineered to fit kids ages 11-14, although kids in that age range taller than 5-foot-3 may be too tall. Great thing is the same style clubs can be had for smaller or younger kids in a color-coded system.

Like many junior sets, this one is designed to be easy to hit. The driver has a large sweet spot and low center of gravity. The irons have large club faces and are perimeter weighted. All the clubs feature shafts with plenty of flex for slower swing speeds.

The lightweight carry bag is great for kids and should last for a considerable amount of time.

This is a six-piece set, similar to the Top-Flite set mentioned above.

Pros

  • Easy to hit
  • Great stand bag
  • High flex shafts

Cons

  • One Amazon user complained about grip size
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Callaway XJ Hot

Callaway Boys XJ Hot Junior Kids Golf Club  Set, Right Hand, 9-12 Years Old

Callaway comes in with a junior set that features higher quality than many of this list. Of course, there is a trade-off, as junior sets are only good for a few years before your kid grows beyond its limit. The higher price tag could scare off many golfing parents.

Still, you get quite a lot for the money. The six-club set is intended for players ages 9-12, and has everything a junior golfer needs to grow his game.

The driver has a large club head, is lightweight, and has a low center of gravity. All of this makes getting the ball airborne easier. The same is true for the included hybrid club.

The 7 iron, 9 iron, and sand wedge are all cavity-backed with extreme weighting, with the purpose of creating a large sweet spot.

Even adult players would appreciate the two-ball design putter (if it were a bit longer, at least).

And the stand bag has five pockets, a dual-strap design, a rain hood, and even a holder for a water bottle.

This is a high quality set.

Pros

  • Clubs are easy to hit
  • Well-engineered clubs
  • Nice putter

Cons

  • Price is a bit steep
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Tour Edge HL-J

Tour Edge HL-J Junior Complete Golf Set with Bag (Right Hand, Graphite, 1 Putter, 3 Irons, 1 Hybrid, 1 Fairway, 1 Driver 9-12) Red

Unlike our first three choices, this set includes both a fairway wood and a hybrid. This makes it a seven-piece set, once you include the 7 iron, 9 iron, wedge, and putter.

The woods are what stand out here as they all feature a very high moment of inertia and low center of gravity intended to produce long and high shots.

Tour Edge offers you the chance to buy clubs designed for different age groups. Each set of clubs are designed to last three years, beginning with ages 3-6 and on up to ages 11-14. Of course, which set is actually best for your junior player depends on his or her specific needs.

Pros

  • An additional seventh club, one more than others listed above
  • Easy to hit
  • Options for different age groups

Cons

  • Price does not match quality
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Precise XD-J

Precise XD-J Junior Complete Golf Club Set for Children Kids - 3 Age Groups Boys & Girls - Right Hand & Left Hand! (Blue Ages 9-12, Left Hand)

Precise offers an affordable solution with these sets that are differently designed for three different age groups.

The set includes a driver, hybrid, 7 iron, 9 iron, putter, and stand bag.

You will note there is no wedge, as this set is intended to be the bare minimum of what you need to get started.

The clubs are very lightweight and have high flex shafts that are easier to hit for juniors.

Pros

  • Easy to hit
  • High flex shafts
  • Affordable

Cons

  • No wedge included
  • Only for beginner juniors
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Cleveland Junior

Cleveland Golf Junior Golf Set, Small Ages 4-6, 3 Clubs and Bag

This offering from Cleveland includes a driver, fairway wood, hybrid, 7 iron, 9 iron, wedge, and putter. All of that is carried in a nice stand bag.

The stand bag alone is high enough quality that it could be used by golfers of any age.

There are sets designed for younger golfers that include fewer clubs. The driver has a loft of 18 degrees to make it easier to hit.

Pros

  • Easy to hit
  • Large set includes seven clubs
  • Nice stand bag

Cons

  • Construction quality is merely adequate
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Confidence Junior V2

Confidence Junior Golf Club Set with Stand Bag (Right Hand, Ages 8-12)

This is another set that is designed for beginning junior golfers. You get less than some other sets but for a lesser price.

The set includes a driver/fairway wood combo club, a 7 iron, a 9 iron, and a putter. Of those four clubs, the putter may well be the best, as it is carries the mallet design that is easy to hit.

There are other similar sets of the same brand for younger age ranges.

Pros

  • Driver has added loft for ease of use
  • Irons have large heads and perimeter weighting for bigger sweet spots
  • Nice putter

Cons

  • Just four clubs included
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TaylorMade Rory

TaylorMade Rory Junior Golf Set K50 (8 PC Set, Right Hand, Stiff Flex)

If not for the St. Bernard head cover for the driver, you might mistake this set as being designed for adult golfers, at least at a glance.

It is higher quality than most sets intended for juniors. You get seven clubs: driver, 3 wood, 5 hybrid, 7 iron, 9 iron, sand wedge, and putter. An excellent stand bag allows your junior to carry the clubs in style.

As the name suggests, the clubs are designed by Rory McIlroy, who received his first set of clubs at age 5. This set is for golfers a bit older than that but there is an option for golfers younger than 8.

The driver has a 400 cubic centimeter head that is larger than most junior sets. The irons have a large sweet spot and are very forgiving.

And the putter has a center-shafted mallet putter that Dad may attempt to use for himself.

Pros

  • High-quality construction
  • Seven clubs included
  • Imprimatur of Rory McIlroy.

Cons

  • Heavy price tag
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Nitro Blaster

Kid's Right-Handed 8 Piece Golf Club Set - Nitro Blaster Kid's Golf Set - 31 Inch Graphite 15-Degree Regular with Bag 9-12 years

You don’t often see plastic incorporated into a set of golf clubs. Ordinarily, that is a sure sign that this is a set to steer clear of. But as long as you keep in mind that this set is designed just to get your junior started in the game at a very low price, you might take the plunge.

It has a driver and fairway wood, with a 7 iron, 9 iron, and mallet putter.

Nitro’s entire business strategy seems to be to provide an inexpensive option. If you fear your junior’s interest in golf might be a passing fancy, then this budget option could be right for you.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Starter set
  • Mallet putter

Cons

  • Poor construction
  • Only for the least-experienced juniors
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Orlimar ATS

Orlimar Golf ATS Junior Boy's Red/Black Kids Golf Set (Right Hand Ages 9-12) (Red/Black)

This is another budget option for junior beginning golfers. There are three different set configurations for different age groups, with the set for older golfers featuring five clubs. Included are a driver, hybrid, two irons, and a putter.

Don’t expect too much from this set. Its biggest selling point may be its bright and colorful designs.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Intended for beginners
  • Colorful sets

Cons

  • Poor quality
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As you can see, there is a wide variance in both price and quality for junior sets. Those two factors mostly run in lock-step, with the higher quality sets carrying a higher price.

For many years, junior golf sets were merely cut-down versions of adult sets. That has changed in the last few decades as the golf industry has tried to attract younger golfers to grow the game.

Junior sets have similarities, a number of which we should explore.

Lofts

Golf can be demoralizing if you cannot get the ball airborne. For juniors and their slower swing speeds, this could be even more difficult than for beginner adults.

To combat this, junior clubs have higher lofts than adult clubs. A lower loft on a club means the golfer needs to produce greater club-head speeds in order to compress the ball. This is often not possible for junior golfers.

Club length

The correct club length will depend in large part on the height of the golfer. As anyone who has tried to clothe a child can attest, this can change quickly for young golfers. You may find yourself purchasing a new set of clubs every couple of years to keep up.

Of course, you could have the clubs refitted with longer shafts, but most club sets are cheap enough to make this option seem foolish. It might be less expensive, and will certainly be easier, to just buy a new set once your child makes the inevitable growth spurt.

Shafts

Junior golfers are generally less powerful but more limber than their older counterparts. This results in a languid swing that does not produce the power and speed of adult golfers.

For adults with slow swing speeds, a common adaptation is to use clubs with a greater flex in the shafts. This is true for junior golfers, as well.

Junior golf club set almost always will have very flexible shafts.

Number of clubs

A set of clubs for a very young golfer might include only a few clubs. This number will rise as the kid grows in both age, stature, and experience.

For kids around 12 years old, it is not uncommon to see a set with about six clubs. This allows for the junior golfer to gain more experience before adding more specialty clubs like long irons and gap wedges. It also helps keep the price down.

Recommendations

For most golfing parents, price will definitely be a consideration. It is probably best not to go with the cheapest option, though. A low-quality set could turn off the junior to the game before getting started.

Top-flite and Wilson are both well-known names in golf and produce junior sets that are a good fit for most youngsters.

If you don’t care about price and want the best junior set you can get, the choices listed here from Callaway and TaylorMade are two fine options.