The 2018 USKids TS3 Review in this article will provide technical information on the new clubs as well as performance results. U.S.Kids Golf have brought out their brand new 2018 redesigned and improved TS3 wedges, irons, hybrids, fairway woods and drivers! As with past US Kids junior golf club sets, these are available in five unique sizes for player heights 51" through 63". The Tour Series are kids golf clubs for the intermediate to advanced junior golfer.
U.S.Kids' tagline for these clubs is MORE DISTANCE. MORE FORGIVING. MORE FUN. In this review of the new USKids TS3 irons we will provide club details, objective feedback on club performance Vs. the prior U.S.Kids V2 junior clubs and also feedback from juniors trying these out on the course.
The facts and figures provided by U.S.Kids and referenced in this review are based on independent robotic testing done by Golf Laboratories Inc., an independent equipment testing company that you may have heard about due to their funny Rory Vs. the robot "See Every Shot Commercial" commercial.
U.S.Kids utilized extensive Trackman Technology to test and provide input on these new junior golf clubs in order to optimize launch, distance, spin, and consistency and provide junior golfers with the best opportunity to play to the best of their ability.
The USKids TS3 are available as a set of kids golf clubs or as individual kids golf clubs. The sets are sold in the following configurations: (i) 8 clubs set (5 iron through SW), (ii) 10 club set (Driver through SW), (iii) 7 club set with a stand bag (Driver, 3W, Hybrid, 6i, 8i, PW, SW).
All sets and individual clubs are available in left hand or right hand options. As parents of left handed junior golfers know it is unusual to find such a wide selection of quality left hand junior golf clubs.
The irons are available with either steel shafts or graphite shafts. The steel shafts are suited to junior golfers with slightly higher swing speeds who looking for more feel and control. The graphite shafts are slightly lighter with a softer more flexible feel.
All shafts are junior flex and are frequency matched for the clubs. A low flex point on the shafts promotes a high launch, important for lower swing speeds like most juniors have. The sets are available either in an all graphite shaft option or a combo of steel (for the irons) and graphite (for the hybrid, 3W and Driver).
Note that US Kids also produce the Ultralight (UL) junior irons, hybrids and fairway woods for kids that are beginner to intermediate junior golfers. The UL are a lighter weight and are specifically designed as game improvement clubs for younger junior players.
US Kids has improved their wedge grind system to provide optimized performance into and around the green. Spin rates have increased slightly compared to the TS2 wedges and independent robotic testing shows a roll out of 5.4 yards compared to 6.2 yards (stops almost 1 yard faster).
Note that some of the club sets come with a gap wedge and a sand wedge but some only have a sand wedge. Wedges can also be purchased individually so with USKids' "6th club free" program you can add a lob wedge, sand wedge or gap wedge to your junior's set. For competitive players it is highly recommended to have at least a gap wedge and sand wedge. A lob wedge is a nice addition for slightly older or experienced juniors. After all, the short game is really fun for kids and is extremely important to master for a junior competitive golfer.
Overall the USKids TS3 wedges perform very nicely we definitely noticed an improvement in the feel and stopping distance compared to the prior TS2 series.
Like all the big golf equipment manufacturers, U.S.Kids has worked on getting more out their drivers in terms of launch angle, spin, ball speed and thus overall distance. They have managed to improve on what was already on the top junior golf drivers on the market. Compared to the TS2, the 2018 USKids TS3 drivers have been improved by:
TS3 hybrids are available in a 3 (21 degree loft) and a 4 (24 degree) hybrid. The 3 wood has a 17 degree loft. The TS3 hybrids and fairway metal have been improved through some of the same types of changes as the driver:
USKids have introduced 3 uniquely designed putters to help make sure that juniors are fit properly and thus make more putts. The different designs are to fit a junior's natural aiming tendency. All putters have CNC milled faces that provide a clean look and will hold up to plenty of practice as well as a few unintended bumps!
(Note - if your junior is left handed, A.I.M. 1 and 3 will switch)
Prices range from $45 for a single TS3 iron to $199 for the TS3 driver and up to $569 for a full set of 10 clubs with all graphite shafts and a bag. The eight club iron/wedge set with steel shafts sells for $339, a great value for quality clubs. Overall these are very competitively priced and cost less than half that of new adult clubs.
If you have a junior golfer that is an intermediate to advanced player, is in the height and swing speed range on the USKids fitting chart and especially if they are playing, or considering playing, in junior golf tournaments, you should seriously consider the USKids TS3. They are very competitively priced and certainly the best quality you can buy in the price range.
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