Not since I’ve been alive, have we seen such an interest in golf with young people as we are today. Back when I was growing up, golf was thought of as a game meant for old people.
If you played golf as a kid, you weren’t cool; your dad or grandpa just had a lot of money and most likely voted republican.
That was then and this is now. No longer is golf seen as a sport just for the pleated pant elite. It’s trendy, hip, cool, and fun. And kids have taken notice.
The problem the parents of young golfers are faced with, however, is finding equipment that fits their growing teenagers.
By the time kids become teenagers, they’ve outgrown their junior clubs, but might not quite be ready for adult-sized clubs.
If this sounds familiar, you’re in luck. The Golfer’s Authority staff has searched high and low to come up with a list of the best clubs you can buy for your teenager. Have a look below.
Best Golf Clubs for Teenagers
Strata Complete Set
Our vote for the overall best set for teenagers goes to the Strata Complete Set. Even though this set was originally designed for women, teens seem to love it. The set includes a driver, three-wood, four and five-hybrids, six through nine-irons, pitching and sand wedges, and a putter. The clubheads are larger than other sets on our list. For that reason, they’re more forgiving.
Teens also benefit from their light weight. They’re able to generate more clubhead speed and hit the ball farther. The mallet putter has proven to be a hit too. Its large clubhead has a high MOI which means excellent feel and forgiveness. To top things off, the set comes with headcovers for the woods and hybrids as well as a lightweight stand bag.
Lazrus Premium Golf Irons
If your teenager is looking for a set of irons and you don’t want to break the bank, this set from Lazrus is a great option. Just because these irons have an attractive price tag doesn’t mean they’re short on quality or performance.
The clubheads feature a low CG that promotes high launch. In other words, these irons make it easy for teenagers to get the ball up in the air. The clubheads are also quite large too. They feature a large sweet spot and offer plenty of forgiveness. In all, this set comes with a four-iron through pitching wedge.
Wilson Women’s SGI Set
Women’s clubs are often a great fit for teenagers ages 15 and above. The Wilson SGI Set is just that. We consider this set of clubs to be the most forgiving on our list. Wilson is an industry leader when it comes to complete sets. The clubs in the SGI set are all well-built and allow teens to achieve maximum performance.
They feature a wide sole which provides plenty of relief on both fat and thin shots. The large club heads are perimeter weighted which contributes to their forgiveness. It also provides extra stability through impact. Considering the quality of this set, it’s hard to beat the price.
Wilson Teen Set
It shouldn’t come as no big surprise that Wilson occupies more than one spot on our list. Their complete sets are some of the best in the business. The Wilson Teen Set is perfect for early teens. The clubs are heavier and longer than junior clubs, but not quite as long or heavy as a women’s set.
These clubs too are lightweight, forgiving, and feature a low CG to help young golfers hit the ball up in the air. Included in the set are a driver, five-wood, five-hybrid, six through nine-irons, pitching and sand wedges, a forgiving mallet putter, and a premium stand bag.
TaylorMade Sim Max Irons
Some late teens outgrow women’s clubs and are ready for men’s irons. If this sounds like your teen, the TaylorMade Sim Max irons are the way to go. Even though these irons cost a pretty penny, they’re worth the investment.
The Sim Max irons have some of the hottest faces of any iron on the market. That means more ball speed and therefore distance. Perimeter weighting promotes forgiveness and helps late teens keep shots online. For a distance iron, the Sim Maxs also afford exceptional feel and acoustics. When you buy this set of irons for your late teen, you can count on them staying in the bag for quite a while.
Precise Teenager Complete Set
Another affordable set that fits most teenagers is the Complete Set from Precise. The set has plenty of clubs to cover all the shots your teen needs out on the course. Each one is designed with distance and forgiveness in mind too.
Lightweight graphite shafts allow teens to achieve maximum clubhead speed which is important when developing proper swing habits. The only drawback with this set is that it doesn’t come with a sand wedge.
TaylorMade P790 Irons
The rest of the clubs on our list are targeted at juniors that are somewhat advanced in their ability. TaylorMade’s P790 irons are some of the most technologically advanced on the market. Their hollow body is filled with Speed Foam that enhances both forgiveness and distance.
SpeedPocket Technology works in much the same manner. These clubs cost a pretty penny, but their performance goes without question.
TaylorMade Sim2 Max Irons
This set of irons builds on the success of the original Sim2 Max irons. These irons utilize multi-material construction that’s been engineered to maximize high launch, distance, and forgiveness. The Thru-Slot Speed Pocket enhances forgiveness meaning mishits aren’t nearly as penal as they are with other irons.
The CG has been strategically placed in each of these irons to ensure maximum launch height so teens can hit shots that land softly and hold the green. The ECHO Dampening System improves both feel and sound as well.
TaylorMade M3 and M4 Irons
TaylorMade gets yet another nod for their M3 and M4 irons. Even though these irons are considered to be in the game improvement category, they stand to benefit just about everyone, including advanced juniors.
Golfers really like the way these irons look behind the ball at address. They give players the confidence they need to hit solid, consistent shots. RIBCOR Technology stiffens the face too. This creates more ball speed and distance. Here again, there are cheaper irons on the market, but the M3 and M4s are worth the investment.
Callaway Rogue, Rogue Pro, and Rogue X Irons
The clubs in Callaway’s Rogue family have been met with rave reviews by golfers of all ages and abilities. Teens like them because they go a long way. That’s due in large part to Variable Face Thickness Technology that pushes the legal limits of COR.
They’re also quite forgiving. This is thanks to added tungsten weight in the perimeter of the clubs. Aesthetically, all the irons in the Rogue line set up to the ball nicely. Even though their profile is on the larger side, they aren’t so big that they look awkward.
Frequently Asked Questions
Finding the perfect set of clubs for your teenager can be tricky. We’ve answered some common questions that parents have to hopefully simplify the process.
What Clubs Should a 15-Year-Old Use?
This depends entirely on two things: your child’s ability and where they’re at in their physical development.
If they’re just starting out, one of the complete sets near the top of our list is best. The same holds true if you think they still have some growing to do.
For teens that are more experienced, or are a good way through their physical development, some of the men’s clubs toward the bottom of our list are a good bet.
What Golf Clubs Should a 12-Year-Old Use?
The answer to this question is very much the same as it is for 15-year-olds.
The only difference is that most 12-year-olds likely have some growing left to do. For that reason, a teen or ladies’ set might be the best choice.
Should I Replace 15-Year-Old Golf Clubs?
In most cases, yes. It’s important for teens to play with equipment that fits them. If they don’t they run the risk of developing bad swing habits and not having as much fun out on the course.
How Many Golf Clubs Should a 12-Year-Old Have?
Most 12-year-olds don’t need a complete set of clubs. What they do need is enough clubs to hit the shots they encounter from the tee all the way to the green. These include a driver, fairway club, some mid and short irons, a wedge, and a putter.
The fact that we’re seeing such an unprecedented number of teens show an interest in golf is outstanding. They’re the next generation of golfers and that’s good news for our sport.
Finding the right equipment for teens can be difficult though. Hopefully this guide can help you make an informed buying decision.
If you have additional questions, let us know in the comments below. We’ll happily get back to you with our best advice.