The State of Girls Golf in USA
Girls golf is on the rise both the USA and around the world (just look at the Korean girls golf development program and success on the LPGA Tour). However, it is still far less competitive than boys golf and in general junior golf tournaments have far less girls competing in them than boys. The good news is that there are plenty of excellent girls golf clubs on the market for juniors from beginner to advanced levels.
This can, of course, be a good and bad thing. The upside for girls looking to play golf in college is that there is less competition and there are many more college golf scholarship opportunities available, especially as compared to boys (boys scholarships at a Division 1 (D1) school are extremely difficult to get). According to the National College Athletic Association (NCAA), at least 200 golf scholarships for girls go "unclaimed" every year. This is a direct result of too few American girls competing in junior golf and thus applying for and qualifying for scholarships.
The downside of fewer girls playing golf is that girls tend to be more socially inclined and if they don't have good friends that also play golf they are more likely to give up the sport in favor of other activities that their friends are doing. There is also less incentive for girls to get into golf if they do not know any other girls that play.
As far as girls' college golf scholarships go, there are approx. 1,536 D1 girls golf scholarships available every year (256 universities with 6 scholarships per team) and 750 D2 scholarships. In the last few years there has been a significant increase in recruiting and scouting for girl golfers but there are still many unused scholarships.
There are many junior golf tournaments for girls at the local, regional and national level. However, the size of the girls' field is usually much smaller than the boys' field. For example, the 2018 U.S.Kids World Championships (including Teen World) had a field of 1,210 boys compared to 790 girls.
Fortunately, with the recent uptick in interest in girls golf, there is excellent equipment and clothing for junior girl golfers. Below we have outlined some of the best golf clubs for girls as well as some accessories and other equipment.
Note - for girls over the age of approx. 12 years old and playing high level competition golf we recommend you look at the clubs outlined in the "Best Golf Clubs for Teens and Advanced Juniors" article. Many girls playing high level tournaments will opt for the types of clubs in that article, matched with fitted ladies, senior or regular flex shafts.
Single Beginner Golf Club
USKids Yard Club (~4 to 12 Years OId)
For girls just getting into golf or wanting to try it out, but not yet sure if they want a full set of clubs, the USKids Yard Club is ideal. It is specifically designed for beginners and has the appropriate weight, length and shaft flex. It also has a molded grip that teaches juniors the correct golf grip from the get-go.
At only $40, including 3 limited flight soft golf balls, this is an excellent choice for girls just starting golf. The yard club is available for girls from 39" tall to 63" tall - so approx. 4 to 12 years old.
For girls younger than 4 years old (i.e. girls 1 to 3 years old), we recommend the USKids Baby's First Club. It is a high quality 18 inch tall toddler golf club. See the review at this toddler golf clubs article.
Girls Golf Clubs for 4 to 12 Years Old
Set out below are the best girls golf clubs for girls from ages 6 through approx. age 12. These are high quality clubs that tournament players use and do not include some of the cheaper options that are more suitable purely for girls that want to play recreational golf.
U.S.Kids Ultra Light (~4 to 12 years old)
The USKids Ultra Light girls golf clubs are designed for the beginner to intermediate junior for approx. ages of 5 to 12 years old and the height range of 30 inches (just over 3 feet) to 66 inches (5.5 feet) tall. USKids makes kids golf clubs for both left handed and right handed juniors. The USKids Tour Series are designed for advanced junior golfers (see below).
The USkids sets are available in 9 different sizes. The club heads range from 30% lighter than adult clubs (in the smallest size set) to 10% lighter than adult clubs (in the largest size).
The Ultra Light clubs have light flex graphite shafts suitable for juniors. These clubs and bags are excellent quality and highly recommended for junior girls starting golf. Sometimes it can be difficult finding quality left handed girls golf clubs (right handed girls golf clubs are easier to find) but the USKids UL series is available in both left and right handed.
The Ultra Light sets range in price from $105 for the smallest size, 3 club set (Fairway Driver, 7 iron, putter and bag) to $280 for the largest size, 7 clubs set (Driver, Hybrid, 6 iron, 8 irons, Pitching Wedge, Sand Wedge, Putter and Bag). These club sets are excellent value for the money!
Note that if you are unsure as to club sizes, USkids has a great fitting system based on height and swing speed.
Worldwide Golf Shops (Roger Dunn, Edwin Watts, Golfer's Warehouse, Golf Mart, Van's Golf Shops & Uinta Golf) offers the lowest price on USKids Ultra Light sets that we found by $10 and generally offer free shipping. However, they sometimes do not have the full selection as buying directly from the USKids website (e.g. Worldwide Golf Shops currently offers 3 to 5 clubs sets and the USkids site has a few more options). We recommend checking both before buying.
U.S.Kids Tour Series (~7 to 13 Years Old)
The USKids Tour Series golf clubs are designed for intermediate to advanced junior girl golfers. Many girls who use the Tour Series also play local, regional and national golf tournaments. These clubs are designed for higher than average junior golfer swing speeds.
The Tour Series golf clubs are excellent junior golf clubs that prepare girls to eventually transition into adult clubs. The Tour Series are available for girls ranging in height from approx. 51” (4 foot, 3 inches) to 66 inches (5.5 feet) tall - so from approx. 8 years old and up. These are excellent quality clubs and highly recommended. They are used by many of the top juniors in the USA and overseas.
The TS3 are the 2018 models and the V5/V10/V15 are the prior year models. Read more for an in-depth review of the USKids Tour Series 3.
Flynn Golf - VT Max (~5 to 12 Years Old)
Mike Flynn has been making premium junior golf clubs for 10+ years. The VT Max clubs can be purchased in "EZ Order" sets ranging from a 7 club iron only set ($235) to a complete 14 clubs set including putter, irons, wedges, hybrid, 2 fairway woods, a driver and a stand bag. These are available in both junior left handed club and right handed club options.
Alternatively, you can custom order either single clubs or a set, with your choice of shaft, grip, length, color etc. The custom order VT Max clubs are assembled based on input that you provide to Flynn Golf when you order, including player specs such as Boy/Girl, Age, Height, Weight, Experience Level, Swing Tempo, Hand Size (a template is provided), Wrist to Floor Measurement, Average Driver Distance, and a free form commentary box for any other specifications. You can even upload a swing video to help Flynn Golf with the "fitting".
This sounds like a lot but it is actually not too technical or time consuming and when in doubt you can leave certain fields open - the only specs that are "required" are the age and size measurements. We have found that Mike is very responsive and will provide recommendations and ask questions where more information is needed.
Girls will enjoy that they can select the color of their shafts for their new clubs (red, blue, pink, orange, green, or white). The grip colors can also be selected. Bags are pink/white, blue/white or silver/white. Kids clubs should be fun for them and the color options help. Flynn Golf also sells shafts with OEM adapters that can be used with any major brand driver - so for example you could buy a Ping driver and fit it with a custom shaft for your junior.
Overall, these are high quality clubs that we highly recommend, especially if you are looking to customized girls golf clubs. Similar to USKids, they are great clubs for girls up until the time they are ready to transition into adult irons or to a light weight adult driver.
Ping Prodi G (~7 to 13 Years Old)
Ping launched their Junior Prodi G clubs in the summer of 2018. Up until then they sold only the Ping Thrive (60" to 64" tall or approx. 12 to 14 years old) and Ping Moxie (54" to 60" tall or approx. 10 - 12 years old) sets of clubs. The Prodi G is also available in a left hand option.
These Ping junior golf clubs are suitable for girls and use the same advanced technology of the Ping adult clubs. The Prodi G are designed for junior golfers from approx. 7 to 13 years old (from 4' 5" to 5' 2" tall). In addition, Ping offers a one-time, no-charge upgrade to have the clubs re-shafted / lengthened, weight adjusted and re-gripped if you buy at least 5 clubs in one purchase. This is a nice touch since kids grow so quickly at that age! Effectively getting two sets of clubs for the price of one set brings the cost down somewhat, although these are still expensive at the start.
- Ping brand name and technology.
- Lightweight graphite shafts. Regular flex for the smaller sizes and stiff flexes for the larger sizes.
- Club lengths are appropriate to the height of juniors (similar to the USKids height to club size guidelines).
- Stainless steel heads on the 6 iron to Pitching Wedge are perimeter-weighted and an elastomer insert provides a soft feel.
- The wedges are based on the adult Glide 2.0 wedge design to optimize spin and control around the greens.
- Great looking Hoofer Prodi G stand bag. The 30 inch bag weighs only 3 lbs (designed to fit golfers approximately 4'5" to 4'9" and the 34 inch bag weights only 3.5 lbs (for golfers 4'9" to 5'2"). The bags have four pockets, adjustable padded cross shoulder straps, and a four-way club divider.
- Expensive for junior clubs. However, if you buy the set you get one free refitting once your junior grows out of them - which essentially means you do not have to buy your junior a whole new set the following year.
- For kids smaller than 4'11" the only option is the 7 club package set. For competitive golfers this means they do not have a hybrid, 7 iron, 9 iron or GW. For beginner to intermediate golfers this is not a problem but for advanced golfers it may be.
Overall these are good quality clubs that benefit from Ping's research, manufacturing and technology. We expect that these will compete with USKids and VT Max both at the entry level (smaller) clubs as well as the 11 club set.
Callaway HJ Hot Girls (5-8 and 9-12 years old)
The Callaway XJ Hot Girls golf club sets are designed for girls from approx. 5-8 years old (small set) and 9 to 12 years old (larger set). The clubs are approx. the same size as the USKids Tour Series 57 set which is designed for kids from 57" to 60" tall.
The 7 club set includes a driver, 3-wood, hybrid, 7 iron, 9 iron SW, putter and bag. The clubs are good quality and suitable for beginner to intermediate girl golfers. The set retails for approx. $300 which is about $40 more expensive than the USKids Ultralight 7 club set and $140 less than the USKids Tour Series set.
We found these clubs for approx. $40 less than retail on Amazon with free shipping for Prime members.
Lower Priced Golf Club Sets for Beginner Girls
There are a number of cheap entry level golf sets for girls including the ones listed below. Although we recommend buying one or two of the USKids Ultra Light clubs instead of these sets, we have listed them here as they are reasonably priced, have good reviews from buyers, and are an "easy order" option.
Girls Golf Clubs for 12 and Older / Taller Girls
All of the top brand name golf manufacturers make high quality women's golf clubs that are suitable for teenage girl golfers. These generally feature more flexible light weight graphite shafts and some also have lighter club heads. Below we have included some recommendations for junior specific clubs for younger teenage girls or girls that have outgrown kids golf clubs.
U.S.Kids Ladylight (Girls 62" to 66" Tall)
The USKids Ladylight clubs are high quality entry level ladies golf clubs, specifically designed for ladies or teen girls that are approx. 62" to 66" tall or ages 12 and up. They are 10% lighter than regular adult clubs and are made with a light weight graphite shaft with a ladies flex.
The 8 club set includes a driver, 3 wood, hybrid, 6 iron, 8 iron, PW, SW and Putter. They are very competitively priced at less than $400 for an 8 club set and a bag. These can be purchased at the USKids website. This is a great starter set for teenage or taller girls and are available for both left handed juniors as well as right handed.
Cobra King Junior Clubs (Girls 60" to 66" Tall)
The Cobra King Junior set is a 10 club set and includes a Driver, 3 Wood, Hybrid 6/7/8/9 irons, PW, SW and Putter. The KING JR clubs feature Cobra's adult club technologies, materials and construction. Cobra markets these as for "ages 13 to 15", however, the length of the clubs is suitable for girls in the height range of 60 to 66 inches, so more likely for girls slightly younger than 14 or 15 years old. Based on standard height charts for girls in the USA these are suitable for girls approx. ages 11 to 13 years old.
Buyer feedback on these clubs is generally excellent. We found these on Amazon for less than $400 which is over $100 cheaper than the Cobra site plus free shipping on Amazon Prime.
Cobra King F7 One Length Junior Irons (Girls 60" to 66" Tall)
An alternative to the Cobra King Junior above is the Cobra King F7 Junior One Length iron set. These are the same high quality irons as Bryson DeChambeau plays with but with junior specific weighting, shafts and grips.
All the irons are 36" in length - the same length as the 7 iron in the USKids 63" set. This infers that the optimal height range for these clubs is from about 60" to 66" or approx. ages 11 to 13 years old (incidentally this is the same as the Cobra Junior King set, the Callaway XT (below) and the USKids LadyLight.
A good question is, should juniors be using one length irons? Most adult are wary of one length irons since they did not grow up playing with them. The improvements in modern club technologies and manufacturing processes has meant that one length irons can now be made very effectively - i.e. the hotter "variable thickness" faces in irons means that long irons can be shorter in club length but still go as far - and with a higher launch - as a club that has a longer shaft. There are many benefits of single length irons and they certainly work well for Bryson DeChambeau with his breakout 2018 season on the PGA Tour.
We recommend the Cobra Junior One Length irons for juniors who are athletic and want to try high quality single length irons, but not yet need a full set of irons.
The MSRP of $449 for the iron set seems like a good deal for high quality clubs. Remember, however, that there are only 5 irons in the set (5, 7, 9, PW and SW). Juniors playing tournament golf and looking for high quality clubs might want a full sets of irons for "gapping" purposes.
We found these priced at less than $350 on Amazon (with free Prime shipping), a great price for excellent clubs!
Cobra Women's F-Max Set (60" to 66" Tall)
The Cobra Women's F-Max clubs are high quality clubs that are suitable for tall girls or teens in the 60" to 66" height range. Cobra designed these clubs specially for women so they are easy to hit, get the ball in the air, and offer maximum distance and forgiveness.
There are a variety of options ranging from individual clubs to partial sets and full sets. The full set includes a driver, 3 fairways woods, hybrid, 6/7/8/9 irons, PW, SW, Putter and bag. The driver is 44 inches long and the 7 iron is 36 inches long. The shaft is a 55 gram superlight graphite shaft.
They are available in "rasberry/black" or "blue/white". Both sets are great looking. The downside is that these clubs are on the expensive side. The full set retails for $999. You can find the full set or you can buy individual clubs at Worldwide Golf Shops. We found the full sets for slightly less on Amazon - see link below.
Cobra Women's F-Max One-Length Iron Set
Cobra also offers the Women's F-Max in one-length irons which could be an excellent golf club set for girls. The 5 piece iron set includes a 7/8/9 iron, PW and SW. This is a great option if you do not need a full set of clubs and already have a driver, hybrid, putter and bag (or want to buy those separately). The iron set is currently on sale at Worldwide for $399, a good value for quality girls clubs.
All of the irons are ~36 inches in length (i.e. a 7 iron length) to make it easier to hit all the clubs consistently on the same swing plane. Similar to the regular Women's F-Max, the F-Max one-length have quality graphite shafts that are suitable for girls.
TaylorMade Kalea Ultralight Ladies Clubs (62" to 67" Tall)
The Kalea line is a good quality TaylorMade’s golf set suitable for girls and that has has been specially designed to help female golfers with ball carry, ball spin, feel, and optimal launch. These are approximately the same length as the USKids Ladylight and are suitable for girls 62" to 67" tall or approx. ages 12 to 14 years old.
These are lightweight club heads combined with ultralite shafts that result in higher clubhead speed, higher launch, and thus optimal overall performance. The light weight, Speed Pocket Technology, and low & deep center of gravity (COG) make these clubs very easy to get the ball in the air.
The standard set is 8 clubs and includes 4 & 5 hybrids, 6-PW, and SW. This is ideal for beginner to intermediate girls in their teens. The set sells for $800 which is not cheap especially since it also does not come with a 3 wood, driver, putter or a bag. They are available for both right handed and left handed juniors. Many girls will however like to choose their own driver, bag and putter anyway.
In 2020 Taylormade released a newer ladies set named the Women's M-Gloire set.
These are available at Worldwide Golf Shops and on Amazon.
Callaway Junior XT (60" to 66" Tall)
Introduced in 2018, these Callaway junior golf clubs are for girls that are approx. between 60" and 66" tall or approx. ages 11 to 13 (the same as the other options in this category above). The driver is 43.5" long and the 7 iron is 36" long.
The Callaway XT junior golf set makes use of Callaway's advanced design and materials technologies that help juniors deliver more distance on every club and also provide excellent forgiveness. The iron club heads are approx. 5% lighter than the average adult irons. Graphite shafts are suitable for slightly slower swing speeds that are usual with girl golfers.
The 10 piece set includes a driver, fairway wood, hybrid, 6/7/8/9 irons, PW, SW, Putter and a stand bag. The set retails for $550. They are available in right handed and left handed girls clubs.
Overall these are an excellent option for beginner to intermediate girls in the 60-66" height range and is a true full set at a reasonable price.
Callaway Women's Strata Ultimate Set (60" to 66" Tall)
The Callaway Women's Strata Ultimate club set is an excellent choice for taller girls or teen girls looking to try golf and wanting a full set of girls golf clubs that are good quality but do not cost too much.
This is an 11 clubs set (Driver, 3 Wood, 4 Hybrid, 5 Hybrid, 6/7/8/9 irons, PW, SW, Putter and Stand Bag). As with most of the clubs above, the 7 iron is 36 inches in length and the driver is 44 inches. These are all the clubs a beginner could want or need. The clubs are a nice, stylish design without being overly "colorful".
For the next level up (slightly more expensive Callaway women's golf clubs sets), you can look at the Callaway Solaire Ladies golf club sets. These range in price from $300 for an 8-piece set up to almost $1,000 for the full "Sport" set.
We found the Strata Ultimate club set for just over $300 on Amazon (almost $100 off retail price).
Girls golf is definitely on the rise in the USA with more girls than ever competing in tournaments and continuing the game into college and beyond.
A great example of this is the "LPGA*USGA Girls Golf" program. It is a non-profit organization that empowers girls through the game of golf and aims to inspire girls to dream big. The program provides girl-friendly environments to have fun and learn the game while teaching valuable life skills like confidence and perseverance. They operate at 415 sites and help girls ages 6 – 17 to learn the game while inspiring them to feel confident, build positive self-esteem and live active and healthy lives.
Source: LPGA*USGA Girls Golf (www.girlsgolf.org/home)
As for equipment, fortunately there are quite a few companies in the USA that are producing high quality golf clubs for girls. We have tried to provide a broad selection of girls golf clubs based on a cross section of price points and levels of experience. Let us know your favorite clubs and your personal recommendations!