There is so much choice in the junior golf world with new products hitting the market daily. It can be very overwhelming for a parent to know what works, what doesn't, what's helpful and what's not. These are some of our favorite junior golf products, tried, tested and used in the past year.
If we were to buy another item for our juniors in these 10 categories this is what has worked very well for us in the past and what we would buy and recommend going forward.
At the moment Amazon has this club at less than $250 (a $100 discount) with free shipping! Cobra does a great job of offering junior shafts with a free upgrade - essentially making your purchase into 2 clubs. Read our review of this driver and other great driver options for kids. Our close second to this driver for kids is the Callaway Rogue which is used by a lot of good junior golfers.
Check out the Ping Hoofer Golf Bag review. This is a perennial favorite with juniors and we see a lot of these in junior golf tournaments - and our older junior has used them for years. They have many different variations in cool colors and design. If you are looking for a slightly less commercial bag we highly recommend the OUUL Python Super Light.
Read our review of the Bushnell Tour V4 JOLT. Currently on sale at less than $250, this is an excellent range finder. We have tried many different makes and models over the years and this is by far the easiest to use for juniors. For example, at 200 yards this range finder easily picks up the pin where others take a lot more effort and time,
Having tried many push carts over the years our two hands-down favorites are the Clicgear (read review of the Clicgear 3.5+ here) and the Bagboy Quad. The Clicgear is very sturdy and has so many great accessories. The Bagboy Quad is lighter weight and very easy to use for smaller juniors. Both have many years of design and manufacturing, along with customer service.
Putting mats and chipping nets are great for the winter and can often be used indoors. The Putt-A-Bout Par Three Putting Green is a great option (read our review here). For a more advanced putting mat for technical feedback like seeing breaking putts, we like the ProAdvanced ProInfinity Putting Mat (also reviewed here).
Golf balls are a very individual thing with the look and feel being one of the most important factor for juniors. For kids with swing speeds less than ~80mph we recommend trying a softer lower compression/lower spin options (e.g. Titleist AVX or Callaway Chrome Soft) while juniors with higher swing speeds can really benefit from "tour balls" with higher spin (such as the Titleist Pro V1 and Bridgestone BXS).
We recommend that juniors try a few different types of balls and take the quiz to find recommended golf balls. We also have a handy list of recommended balls with pricing options. There are a lot of great prices out there right now, often with free personalization.
These relatively inexpensive flight scope options make use of high tech Doppler radar to provide great feedback to juniors while also making practice fun. The FlightScope Mevo (pictured above) is one great option at just less than $500. A slightly less expensive option at just less than $300 is the VoiceCaddy SC200. Both offer great stats for golfers. The Mevo also has video functionality with data overlay on a smartphone or tablet, which juniors love seeing.
The JBL Clip 3 is our kids' favorite speaker for golf. The sounds is excellent, it is rugged and can take a beating, it is light-weight and portable, attaches easily to their bags and the battery easily last for more than a full round of golf. For parents, it is also less than $30 and makes a great present! Read our review of the JBL Clip 3 (as well as various other great speaker options on the market).
Our juniors wear a lot of Under Armour jackets for golf. They are generally comfortable, warm and stylish. One of our favorites is the Under Armour Cold Gear Reactor Hybrid Jacket (read our review of this and other kids golf jackets here).