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#1 TimberBeast

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Posted 05 May 2016 - 03:45 PM

I know there is some information on these different junior club sets but the info is scattered so I wanted to see if anyone else wanted to discuss, update their experience, or chime in on this subject.  As I stated in a thread about the Ping Thrive set, my daughter is turning 11 in a couple weeks, practices once or twice a week or so and plays in US Kids tournaments every season, also plays other local tournaments as we have them.  She also plays other sports, basketball, softball, a good bit of tennis, so she is strong for her age.  She is growing out of her current US Kids 57inch ultralight set.  

So we were all set to get her the next US Kids 60 inch tour series set.  For about $530 we can get the 5,6,7,8,9,sw,pw, driver, 3w, 4hybrid, and as the 6th club free include the gap wedge.  Woods would more than likely not even be used.  We go to the local shop to talk to them, get her measured, swing speed, all that.  They tell me about the Ping Thrive set.  They look good
online, they have sets coming in hopefully this week that we can go see.  But they tell me she will likely have to choke down for a while or get them cut just a little bit, but hey, they're Pings.  I'm pretty well convinced, hey they're Pings.  I have talked to just about anyone I know that knows anything about junior golf and they all say get the Pings (No one I know knows anything about the Flynn Golf clubs.)  The Pings do not come with a 5 iron, nor do they offer a gap wedge.  Plus my daughter has told me she hates the way the bag looks.  I know, silly, but trust me that matters.  If I steer her towards those and she doesn't really want them, the first shot she hits that goes awry will be my fault and the clubs.  (Yes I know we can replace the bag).  The Ping Thrives are $600. Putter would likely not even be used and maybe not woods either.

So after being thoroughly confused, I found this site with the Ping Thrive thread in the junior discussion forum.  After reading there, I saw people talking about the Mike Flynn clubs (not just here but a couple other sites also), customized for juniors, variety of colors, sounds good.  
The website is down and obviously has been for a long time, that's not good.  I emailed Mike last night and he sent me the form this morning.  I was actually surprised at the detail that he went into in the email.  Problem is, it all sounds great, but I can't see the clubs and my daughter can't try them out.  I see that at least a few here have experience with their kids using their clubs and everything I read here sounds great.  I am really leaning towards these clubs for her, I like that we can add clubs as needed / wanted and that everything truly is customized as much as can be without actually getting fitted.

All of that to get to the point, are the Flynn Golf clubs a nice quality set of clubs?  This is my main concern, are they comparable to the USKids tour series in terms of quality?  How do the woods compare with the USKids tour series, and even the Ping Thrive set if anyone knows much about those?  Are the irons comparible?  I assume the Pings would be the most well made of the
3 sets but I am only assuming.  I have never actually seen the Mike Flynn clubs and never even really seen good pictures of them.  I know from experience that USKids has great customer service and will replace problem clubs.  I am sure Ping would be the same way.  What about Flynn Golf?  Does anyone have experience dealing with customer service, replacements, broken clubs, etc?

Sorry for the long post but just trying to cover everything.  I am not an experienced golfer, I know just enough to be dangerous, so any help is appreciated.


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Posted 06 May 2016 - 08:30 AM

OEM's making Junior Sets are just making toy's in my opinion.  

The problem with OEM's making clubs is they do not fit most juniors.  The most important thing for kids under 12 is to get clubs that have proper weight and length.  OEM junior clubs are also for beginners.  It doesn't sound like your daughter is a beginner.

I have heard great things about Flynn.  My own experience with US Kids is they have great irons.  You DO NOT have to purchase the entire set.  I would just order the irons and save yourself a couple of hundred dollars.  

https://www.uskidsgo...et-steel-shafts

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Posted 06 May 2016 - 08:33 AM

Go with USKG .Its good quality and you can buy single irons and woods. They do all types of great things for Junior golf as well
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Posted 01 June 2016 - 07:53 AM

Fwiw I just put a 10yr old into a set of the Ping Moxie. Store had that and US Kids. Id rate them the following:

IRONS

Ping gets the nod. More compact head design with non-glare finish. Sits square at address. This is a real club someone can learn how to make a good swing with. By comparison the US Kids were a big ugly chunk of chrome, which set up closed.

Advantage: Ping

WOODS

Ping woods and hybrid setup nice and square at address....really just smaller versions of their adult clubs. Shafts seem of good quality too. By contrast US Kids had less pleasing head shapes (more angular), and setup even more closed than their irons. IMO it's hard to learn to make a really fine swing with a significantly closed face, that's meant to try to reduce the effects of a slice swing.

Advantage: Ping

PUTTER

Ironically this is the club Ping got wrong IMO. Head is too big (adult size), and shiny chrome that will reflect in the sun and be hard on the eyes. Shaft is too long too. Overall an unruly club for a kid to try to handle. US kids was more compact, shorter, lighter, with non glare finish.

Advantage: US Kids

BAG

Both make a nice bag, but I think US Kids is better ... more stable and with a better strap support to ease the carry burden on kids.

Advantage: US Kids

COST

If you add up the cost of the Ping set versus cost of individual US Kids components, Ping was considerably less expensive.

Advantage: Ping

OVERALL

Due to the better playing characteristics of the woods and irons, good bag quality, and lower cost....Ping gets the nod. The putter being the only serious laggard can at least be easily swapped.

Advantage: Ping

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Posted 02 June 2016 - 02:06 PM

My son, now 8 going to be 9, has had US Kids, Ping Moxie, Nike VRS junior set.  Here is my observations.

Nike (current set) - They are OK.  Bag is really nice, irons are pretty decent, Driver and rescue club are OK at best.  Driver dented on the bottom in the first round of practice with them.  Maybe it was his fault, maybe not.  Putter is OK as well.

Ping Moxie (played these before the Nike clubs) - Irons are pretty good except the heads feel very heavy.  I did not like the balance of the irons at all.  It only came with a fairway wood and it was a nice club but again felt very heavy and the shaft was stiffer than I expected.  The bag was 100% garbage.

US Kids - Irons were pretty good.  Weight and balance were great.  Nothing fancy but the best irons out of the bunch.  Woods (driver and fairway) were great.  Again, light weight which really helped with the swing consistency and getting the ball up.  You can tell they are built for kids.  Putter was pretty good and bag was nice.  

I have heard nothing but good things about Flynn clubs and would look hard at them.   I will be staying away from major brands until he is old and strong enough to move up to a set of their real clubs.  For now I think I am going to ditch the Nike woods and replace them with US Kids, keep the nike irons and bag.  The Pings were the nicest clubs he has had but I also think they were the worst in terms of playability for a kid.  I would recommend anyone to go with either US Kids or look into Flynn.


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Posted 02 June 2016 - 08:11 PM

My son is 10 and is very small framed. He has has the Flynn irons and woods for about two years now. He likes the irons but i can tell they are a little heavier than the US Kids clubs. I changed out his woods and got him the Callaway XR heads and got a junior graphite shaft from Mike at Flynn golf to go in them. He has picked up some yards with the woods mainly because they are lower lofted and the ball runs out more. He will need new irons soon and I'm thinking about going with the US Kids only because they are lighter and that should help my son. The quality and service from Mike at Flynn golf is great and that makes it tough not going back with him. I'm curious to know at what age people started buying their kids regular men's iron heads and cutting them down? The junior sets that I see out from the bigger companies aren't full iron sets like you get through US Kids or Flynn golf. I'm already seeing the kids use men's woods that are cut down but I don't see it with the irons yet.

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Posted 03 June 2016 - 10:30 AM

View PostGolfingdawg19, on 02 June 2016 - 08:11 PM, said:

My son is 10 and is very small framed. He has has the Flynn irons and woods for about two years now. He likes the irons but i can tell they are a little heavier than the US Kids clubs. I changed out his woods and got him the Callaway XR heads and got a junior graphite shaft from Mike at Flynn golf to go in them. He has picked up some yards with the woods mainly because they are lower lofted and the ball runs out more. He will need new irons soon and I'm thinking about going with the US Kids only because they are lighter and that should help my son. The quality and service from Mike at Flynn golf is great and that makes it tough not going back with him. I'm curious to know at what age people started buying their kids regular men's iron heads and cutting them down? The junior sets that I see out from the bigger companies aren't full iron sets like you get through US Kids or Flynn golf. I'm already seeing the kids use men's woods that are cut down but I don't see it with the irons yet.
My son is 12 and he is just now hitting men's clubs cut down.  Some kids we know have done it earlier but they are taller and stronger.

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Posted 03 June 2016 - 03:14 PM

View PostJD3, on 01 June 2016 - 07:53 AM, said:

Fwiw I just put a 10yr old into a set of the Ping Moxie. Store had that and US Kids. Id rate them the following:

IRONS

Ping gets the nod. More compact head design with non-glare finish. Sits square at address. This is a real club someone can learn how to make a good swing with. By comparison the US Kids were a big ugly chunk of chrome, which set up closed.

Advantage: Ping

WOODS

Ping woods and hybrid setup nice and square at address....really just smaller versions of their adult clubs. Shafts seem of good quality too. By contrast US Kids had less pleasing head shapes (more angular), and setup even more closed than their irons. IMO it's hard to learn to make a really fine swing with a significantly closed face, that's meant to try to reduce the effects of a slice swing.

Advantage: Ping

PUTTER

Ironically this is the club Ping got wrong IMO. Head is too big (adult size), and shiny chrome that will reflect in the sun and be hard on the eyes. Shaft is too long too. Overall an unruly club for a kid to try to handle. US kids was more compact, shorter, lighter, with non glare finish.

Advantage: US Kids

BAG

Both make a nice bag, but I think US Kids is better ... more stable and with a better strap support to ease the carry burden on kids.

Advantage: US Kids

COST

If you add up the cost of the Ping set versus cost of individual US Kids components, Ping was considerably less expensive.

Advantage: Ping

OVERALL

Due to the better playing characteristics of the woods and irons, good bag quality, and lower cost....Ping gets the nod. The putter being the only serious laggard can at least be easily swapped.

Advantage: Ping


You are making comparisons based on how the clubs look.  That doesn't mean they are better.  There is a reason that US Kids clubs are the #1 selling junior club on the market.  It is because they fit and they are really good.  I will also tell you that the best players in the world at these ages are using US Kids clubs.  There is a reason, they are good, they fit, and they work.  You also get a full set of clubs, not a half a set of clubs.

Ping Junior clubs are toys that generally do not fit well.  There is a reason Nike, Callaway, Taylormade, and others have stopped making junior clubs.  It is because US Kids and Flynns clubs are the best.  They have cornered the market.

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Posted 03 June 2016 - 03:16 PM

View PostNoles, on 03 June 2016 - 10:30 AM, said:

View PostGolfingdawg19, on 02 June 2016 - 08:11 PM, said:

My son is 10 and is very small framed. He has has the Flynn irons and woods for about two years now. He likes the irons but i can tell they are a little heavier than the US Kids clubs. I changed out his woods and got him the Callaway XR heads and got a junior graphite shaft from Mike at Flynn golf to go in them. He has picked up some yards with the woods mainly because they are lower lofted and the ball runs out more. He will need new irons soon and I'm thinking about going with the US Kids only because they are lighter and that should help my son. The quality and service from Mike at Flynn golf is great and that makes it tough not going back with him. I'm curious to know at what age people started buying their kids regular men's iron heads and cutting them down? The junior sets that I see out from the bigger companies aren't full iron sets like you get through US Kids or Flynn golf. I'm already seeing the kids use men's woods that are cut down but I don't see it with the irons yet.
My son is 12 and he is just now hitting men's clubs cut down.  Some kids we know have done it earlier but they are taller and stronger.

I am going to make the move for my 11 year old at Christmas.  Think I am going to get him blades.  Haven't shopped yet, but think it is time for the upgrade.

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Posted 03 June 2016 - 05:35 PM

I would go with US Kids. It always seems like major companies making junior sets aren't as great as others. Not sure about Flynn, but US Kids are always high on my lists.


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Posted 03 June 2016 - 06:48 PM

My daughter in 9 and a half and strong for her age from 5 years of gymnastics.  I can’t speak to the Ping clubs but I can to the Flynn golf and the US Kids.  Both are good and we’ve been using Mike’s setup from Flynn for about the last year and a half.  My daughter plays about 4-5 times a week so they have definitely seen their share of use and abuse.  From a weight standpoint the Flynn clubs are very close to the US kids tour series.  They are both perimeter weighted and are forgiving.  The drivers seem similar but most kids I see in the junior events play the Cobra anyway.  The Flynn driver has a very loud ting at impact and sounds reminiscent of the old Cleveland Hi-bore.  The reason I went with Flynn this last time around was the ability to color coordinate the set.  I know it sounds silly to adults but kids want certain colors and if having certain colors makes them want to swing the clubs then so be it.  With Flynn you can pick the shaft and grip color on every club.  My daughter went with pink shafts on the woods, green on the wedges, and blue on the irons.  Mike even gave us a pink shaft on the putter.  My daughter loves them because they are different than other clubs out there and she chose the set up.

I’ve talked to some of the other parents that are willing to spend a lot more than I am and the general feeling is that the heads are slightly better on the US kids and the shafts are better on the VT Max.  Some even get both and put the shafts on the US Kids heads.  Mike also offers the ability to upgrade to the Wynn junior grips which are a great option.  I didn’t choose that when I bought the clubs but after about a year a swapped them out because the stock ones were crispy and hard.  The bag is part of the set with Flynn as well but it didn’t last.  After about a year the strap broke and the stand stopped working.  I don’t fault Flynn for this, my daughter plays a lot and that bag was put through its paces.  I ended up buying a sun mountain junior bag and it’s been a great investment.  In the end, I think they are both great options and way better than any standard sets that the big brands put out

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Posted 03 June 2016 - 10:07 PM

View Postdonato11, on 03 June 2016 - 06:48 PM, said:

My daughter in 9 and a half and strong for her age from 5 years of gymnastics.  I canít speak to the Ping clubs but I can to the Flynn golf and the US Kids.  Both are good and weíve been using Mikeís setup from Flynn for about the last year and a half.  My daughter plays about 4-5 times a week so they have definitely seen their share of use and abuse.  From a weight standpoint the Flynn clubs are very close to the US kids tour series.  They are both perimeter weighted and are forgiving.  The drivers seem similar but most kids I see in the junior events play the Cobra anyway.  The Flynn driver has a very loud ting at impact and sounds reminiscent of the old Cleveland Hi-bore.  The reason I went with Flynn this last time around was the ability to color coordinate the set.  I know it sounds silly to adults but kids want certain colors and if having certain colors makes them want to swing the clubs then so be it.  With Flynn you can pick the shaft and grip color on every club.  My daughter went with pink shafts on the woods, green on the wedges, and blue on the irons.  Mike even gave us a pink shaft on the putter.  My daughter loves them because they are different than other clubs out there and she chose the set up.

Iíve talked to some of the other parents that are willing to spend a lot more than I am and the general feeling is that the heads are slightly better on the US kids and the shafts are better on the VT Max.  Some even get both and put the shafts on the US Kids heads.  Mike also offers the ability to upgrade to the Wynn junior grips which are a great option.  I didnít choose that when I bought the clubs but after about a year a swapped them out because the stock ones were crispy and hard.  The bag is part of the set with Flynn as well but it didnít last.  After about a year the strap broke and the stand stopped working.  I donít fault Flynn for this, my daughter plays a lot and that bag was put through its paces.  I ended up buying a sun mountain junior bag and itís been a great investment.  In the end, I think they are both great options and way better than any standard sets that the big brands put out

My son is playing in the US kids regional tournament at Pinehurst next month and usually they have some US Kids clubs out there for you to demo. I want him to hit the irons with the graphite and steel shafts so I can compare them to his current irons from Flynn. He loves his new woods so all I really have to worry about are the irons. The weighting of the clubs is the big issue for me. The graphite shafts from Flynn are real UST graphite shafts. I have been told that the graphite shafts in the US kids clubs are actually aluminum.

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Posted 06 June 2016 - 08:33 AM

View PostGolfingdawg19, on 03 June 2016 - 10:07 PM, said:

View Postdonato11, on 03 June 2016 - 06:48 PM, said:

My daughter in 9 and a half and strong for her age from 5 years of gymnastics.  I can't speak to the Ping clubs but I can to the Flynn golf and the US Kids.  Both are good and we've been using Mike's setup from Flynn for about the last year and a half.  My daughter plays about 4-5 times a week so they have definitely seen their share of use and abuse.  From a weight standpoint the Flynn clubs are very close to the US kids tour series.  They are both perimeter weighted and are forgiving.  The drivers seem similar but most kids I see in the junior events play the Cobra anyway.  The Flynn driver has a very loud ting at impact and sounds reminiscent of the old Cleveland Hi-bore.  The reason I went with Flynn this last time around was the ability to color coordinate the set.  I know it sounds silly to adults but kids want certain colors and if having certain colors makes them want to swing the clubs then so be it.  With Flynn you can pick the shaft and grip color on every club.  My daughter went with pink shafts on the woods, green on the wedges, and blue on the irons.  Mike even gave us a pink shaft on the putter.  My daughter loves them because they are different than other clubs out there and she chose the set up.

I've talked to some of the other parents that are willing to spend a lot more than I am and the general feeling is that the heads are slightly better on the US kids and the shafts are better on the VT Max.  Some even get both and put the shafts on the US Kids heads.  Mike also offers the ability to upgrade to the Wynn junior grips which are a great option.  I didn't choose that when I bought the clubs but after about a year a swapped them out because the stock ones were crispy and hard.  The bag is part of the set with Flynn as well but it didn't last.  After about a year the strap broke and the stand stopped working.  I don't fault Flynn for this, my daughter plays a lot and that bag was put through its paces.  I ended up buying a sun mountain junior bag and it's been a great investment.  In the end, I think they are both great options and way better than any standard sets that the big brands put out

My son is playing in the US kids regional tournament at Pinehurst next month and usually they have some US Kids clubs out there for you to demo. I want him to hit the irons with the graphite and steel shafts so I can compare them to his current irons from Flynn. He loves his new woods so all I really have to worry about are the irons. The weighting of the clubs is the big issue for me. The graphite shafts from Flynn are real UST graphite shafts. I have been told that the graphite shafts in the US kids clubs are actually aluminum.

I can assure you the graphite shaft are not aluminum.

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Posted 06 June 2016 - 01:11 PM

Wanted to come back and revisit this thread and I noticed several more people had posted.  We decided to go with the Mike Flynn clubs.  I spoke my daughter's coach, who doesn't really coach juniors very often, and he didn't know anything about the Mike Flynn clubs.  We are in South Mississippi and you really don't see them down here.  A couple days later he called me and said he spoke with his coach that does coach most of the juniors at our club, and he said he met Mike back at the PGA show this Spring and looked at those clubs, and said he thought they were hands down the best clubs for juniors out there right now.

My daughter, who just turned 11 (these were her birthday present), has been hitting them for a couple weeks now and she absolutely loves them.  They are much heavier than the US Kids ultralight set she had so she is going through the growing pains of getting used to the heavier weight.  I am not a golfer, like I mentioned in the original post I know just enough to be dangerous (literally), but I will say they are beautiful clubs.  They seem to be very well made, and Mike was very easy to work with as well.  He could definitely use a website, but we didn't have any problems with very fast communication and he answered every question I had.  The price I believe was a little cheaper than the US Kids Tour Series, but not by much.  I want to say we got one more club for the same price including what would have been the 6th club for free with US kids.

I will also agree with another poster who mentioned the color combinations that Mike Flynn offers.  Doesn't seem important, but she was able to put together exactly the colors that she wanted, and that made it much more enjoyable for her.  She basically got to put together her own set.

From what I can tell, and from what others have said, I think you're going to get great quality clubs from US Kids Tour series or Mike Flynn.  But from our experience so far with the Mike Flynn clubs, this is what we'll be buying until she is ready to hit women's clubs.

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Posted 06 June 2016 - 03:18 PM

View PostTimberBeast, on 06 June 2016 - 01:11 PM, said:

Wanted to come back and revisit this thread and I noticed several more people had posted.  We decided to go with the Mike Flynn clubs.  I spoke my daughter's coach, who doesn't really coach juniors very often, and he didn't know anything about the Mike Flynn clubs.  We are in South Mississippi and you really don't see them down here.  A couple days later he called me and said he spoke with his coach that does coach most of the juniors at our club, and he said he met Mike back at the PGA show this Spring and looked at those clubs, and said he thought they were hands down the best clubs for juniors out there right now.

My daughter, who just turned 11 (these were her birthday present), has been hitting them for a couple weeks now and she absolutely loves them.  They are much heavier than the US Kids ultralight set she had so she is going through the growing pains of getting used to the heavier weight.  I am not a golfer, like I mentioned in the original post I know just enough to be dangerous (literally), but I will say they are beautiful clubs.  They seem to be very well made, and Mike was very easy to work with as well.  He could definitely use a website, but we didn't have any problems with very fast communication and he answered every question I had.  The price I believe was a little cheaper than the US Kids Tour Series, but not by much.  I want to say we got one more club for the same price including what would have been the 6th club for free with US kids.

I will also agree with another poster who mentioned the color combinations that Mike Flynn offers.  Doesn't seem important, but she was able to put together exactly the colors that she wanted, and that made it much more enjoyable for her.  She basically got to put together her own set.

From what I can tell, and from what others have said, I think you're going to get great quality clubs from US Kids Tour series or Mike Flynn.  But from our experience so far with the Mike Flynn clubs, this is what we'll be buying until she is ready to hit women's clubs.

If she keeps playing she may never need women's clubs.  You will be going to from Flynn to men's clubs.


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Posted 06 June 2016 - 04:44 PM

View PostTimberBeast, on 06 June 2016 - 01:11 PM, said:

Wanted to come back and revisit this thread and I noticed several more people had posted.  We decided to go with the Mike Flynn clubs.  I spoke my daughter's coach, who doesn't really coach juniors very often, and he didn't know anything about the Mike Flynn clubs.  We are in South Mississippi and you really don't see them down here.  A couple days later he called me and said he spoke with his coach that does coach most of the juniors at our club, and he said he met Mike back at the PGA show this Spring and looked at those clubs, and said he thought they were hands down the best clubs for juniors out there right now.

My daughter, who just turned 11 (these were her birthday present), has been hitting them for a couple weeks now and she absolutely loves them.  They are much heavier than the US Kids ultralight set she had so she is going through the growing pains of getting used to the heavier weight.  I am not a golfer, like I mentioned in the original post I know just enough to be dangerous (literally), but I will say they are beautiful clubs.  They seem to be very well made, and Mike was very easy to work with as well.  He could definitely use a website, but we didn't have any problems with very fast communication and he answered every question I had.  The price I believe was a little cheaper than the US Kids Tour Series, but not by much.  I want to say we got one more club for the same price including what would have been the 6th club for free with US kids.

I will also agree with another poster who mentioned the color combinations that Mike Flynn offers.  Doesn't seem important, but she was able to put together exactly the colors that she wanted, and that made it much more enjoyable for her.  She basically got to put together her own set.

From what I can tell, and from what others have said, I think you're going to get great quality clubs from US Kids Tour series or Mike Flynn.  But from our experience so far with the Mike Flynn clubs, this is what we'll be buying until she is ready to hit women's clubs.


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Posted 06 June 2016 - 05:02 PM

Mike is great with the customer service but he definitely needs to get the website up and going. The big selling point for Flynn is the customization, customer service, and superior club shafts. I think the US kids heads for their irons are just as good if not better. As you pointed out, the clubs with Flynn are heavier than the US kids and that may effect some kids. My son is 10 and is small for his size and club weight is an issue. He has been using Flynn clubs for about 2 years now and he loves them. My issue is what to do coming up,soon when I need to get new irons.Base donate fitting guide that US kids uses, he is getting close to needing the next size up irons. I'm hoping to go somewhere where he can try out the US kids clubs and see what difference the weighting makes. I met a parent at a US kids event yesterday who just bought his 10 year old son a new set of PING G series irons and 5 wood. He had him fit for the clubs so PING cut them down to the right length. He said that the good thing about the clubs was that he could put shaft extensions in once or twice as his son grows before finally having to change out the shafts entirely. Big investment on his part but the clubs look nice. My son will be a few years away from being able to swing a club that heavy.

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Posted 27 June 2016 - 07:52 PM

I was at PGA Superstore this weekend with my son.  They had Ping Moxie Demos and I got him to hit them.  I have to say that they are toys.  Flimsy pieces of crap.

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Posted 03 August 2016 - 11:18 AM

We just received our Flynn set yesterday actually.  I though Mike was great.  Quick responding via email and a build time of about 1 days.  The fit and finish on the clubs as everyone has already stated is really good.  My son is coming from the 45" US kids ultralight set and 48" driver.  He is also a scrawny little guy with like 0% body fat and no muscle.  It is going to take a lot of getting used to with the added weight.  In addition, the the UST shafts are noticeably stiffer.  The driver is ok for him, but the  first few iron shots were just huge chunks.  I'm not sure whether I'll just have him keep using the old set for a while or not.

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Posted 18 August 2016 - 04:23 PM

I purchased a set of irons and wedges from Flynn a few months ago for my 7 year old daughter.  She was using USKIDs 51 Ultralights before.  Thought the US Kids Tour Series were a bit too heavy, so went with Flynn as I was told they are between Ultralights and Tour Series.  Flynn does not have website and will only communicate via email, which is a bit odd but it did work.  My daughter did not hit the irons well, but she loved the wedges, especially the gap and lob wedges, which you can only get from US Kids in the Tour Series.  Long story short, we decided to play Ultralight irons/woods/driver with Flynn wedges PW, SW, GW and LW at US Kid's world championships.  My daughter's wedge play was fantastic and she finished top 10.  Going to try and move her into heavier Flynn irons during offseason.  Word of advice though, Flynn offers no returns on any of his clubs, so you are stuck with them if you don't like.  Also the matching pink shafts and grips are a huge plus for girls!


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Posted 09 September 2016 - 02:38 PM

View Postkekoa, on 03 August 2016 - 11:18 AM, said:

We just received our Flynn set yesterday actually.  I though Mike was great.  Quick responding via email and a build time of about 1 days.  The fit and finish on the clubs as everyone has already stated is really good.  My son is coming from the 45" US kids ultralight set and 48" driver.  He is also a scrawny little guy with like 0% body fat and no muscle.  It is going to take a lot of getting used to with the added weight.  In addition, the the UST shafts are noticeably stiffer.  The driver is ok for him, but the  first few iron shots were just huge chunks.  I'm not sure whether I'll just have him keep using the old set for a while or not.

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If you don't mind me asking, how much did this set cost?  This is the same setup I want to get for my daughter.  I have emailed Mike a couple times trying to get a quote but he just keeps telling me the new website will be up week after week but it still isn't.

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Posted 09 September 2016 - 03:17 PM

View PostSling46, on 09 September 2016 - 02:38 PM, said:

View Postkekoa, on 03 August 2016 - 11:18 AM, said:

We just received our Flynn set yesterday actually.  I though Mike was great.  Quick responding via email and a build time of about 1 days.  The fit and finish on the clubs as everyone has already stated is really good.  My son is coming from the 45" US kids ultralight set and 48" driver.  He is also a scrawny little guy with like 0% body fat and no muscle.  It is going to take a lot of getting used to with the added weight.  In addition, the the UST shafts are noticeably stiffer.  The driver is ok for him, but the  first few iron shots were just huge chunks.  I'm not sure whether I'll just have him keep using the old set for a while or not.

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If you don't mind me asking, how much did this set cost?  This is the same setup I want to get for my daughter.  I have emailed Mike a couple times trying to get a quote but he just keeps telling me the new website will be up week after week but it still isn't.

We got a full set from Flynn minus driver and it was $500 including the bag. 3w, 4h, 5 - PW, 52, 56 and 60 wedges. Blue shafts with red grips.

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Posted 24 September 2016 - 09:44 PM

Well we decided to go with the VT Max for my 8 year old daughter,  We just ordered them yesterday using Mikes new website.  The site is still experiencing some issues but Mike was quick to email me and get things straight.  We got her a set consisting of FW, Hybrid, 6, 8, PW and SW.  Didn't get the driver since I got a smoking deal on a basically new Cobra F6 on Ebay.  The Cobra is great, she gained over 40 yds on her drive.  I am really anxious to get the Flynn's and see what they do for her.  I thank everyone that has posted any information about the VT Max clubs on here.  Its been difficult to find much information about them and the posts here have been the most abundant.

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Posted 22 October 2016 - 09:03 PM

I have 3 sons and 10 years of experience in this area with their clubs.  In order... worst to best for an experienced Junior.

USKG Ultralight - great for beginner. whippy shaft will get the ball airborne.  Great first set
Ping - Good company, decent junior clubs, not really for tournament junior player
USKG Tour Series - Have bought many sets.   Really good service. Nice woods, iron heads just OK, poor shafts
Flynn VT Maxx - First set purchased this year.  Bag poor, Wood head loud but good, Iron heads/wedges/shafts are a HUGE improvement, many color choices. VERY impressed with the quality of these clubs. Will be getting a size up this year for my 3rd son

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Posted 02 November 2016 - 12:04 PM

I would get a US kids set for a first set of clubs. The first set can be the Ultralight which is the cheaper set and there length is good for them.  The only issue I have with them is there pretty light and flimsy. This is good for a new golfer but once they get better you should start to migrate to the tour series.  

As your golfer grows I would keep an eye on the swing speed. If they approach women swing speeds you can actually start looking at women clubs. What I have noticed is there is a tendency to just say US kids if the best for kids under a certain age. Generally that may be true but not always   When you need clubs that have less weight then regular women clubs you need to look at US Kids.

I took my daughter to a range session where there was multiple club makers including US kids doing demo's. It was great because they had shorter shafts for my daughter to try and the women clubs gave her a lot more distance and height.  They also put her on the trackman and turned out the women clubs were a much better fit.  I was told the US kids clubs are better prior to the event.

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Posted 29 November 2016 - 10:42 AM

I am currently in the process of trying to get a new set of clubs for my 9 yr old daughter. She is a good player but only slight for her age so struggles with the weight of clubs and shaft stffnesses.

Unfortunatly here in the UK we have much less choice for junior golf equipment.The only clubs stoked in shops are US kids so there is no way to do a side by side comparisson before purchase. I'll try and give my honest opinion of what we think of the clubs.

USKIDS

As the name suggest these are really light and the whippy safts do help get the ball in the air. Unfotunalty the shaft dont suit kids once they get to a decent level.

We have had several sets of ultralights and to be honest have been failry undewhelmed with the quaity. Snapped shafts, grips coming loose (something i've never seen before) also several mis-aligned grips from the minute of purchase. The qualioty of the ultralight wood heads is terrible, so for me Ive never been particularly impressed with the quality of the ultralights, but due to the available sizes and the weight they are the best choice for beginners.


I've never seen any tour series clubs in a shop or had a chance to have a test, I have seen the sets in several of the junior boys bags in the county and regional events she plays in, and they do look of considerable better quality. I think based on the swing speed charts she may be slightly outside the scope for the tour series.

PING

Been very impressed with the Moxie's she is currently using, the 3 wood is a bit difficult to get air born but I would say the quality of these clubs far outways the USKIDS, especially the woods. The shafts are also stiffer than the US KIDS ultralights. The range of clubs is limited so I have added a hybrid and a wedge from the US kids ultralight 51" series. As the SW in the PING's has 52 degree loft adding a 56 degree wedge fit the gapping well.

She has had the PING's for 12 months now and they get some serious use and the bag look bran new, bearing in mind we have some terrible weather in the north of england.

Big issue with the big brands is the limitation is sizes. She was at the upper end of the size scale when we brought them and they have fit perfectly for 12 months, now she has out grown them though the next sized set are much bigger so no use.

CUSTOM CLUBS

We have very littl chance to get VT Max clubs over here, no UK stocklists as far as I can tell. The only Custom fits are the wishons. which to me look OK but the plain blue shafts and standrad looks dont seem to strike a chord with my daughter. As stated looks mean nothing but in a very male dominated environment over here it does help to give her somethng bright and sparkly to help her.

I am serioulsy considering getting some of the VT max shipped from America, and reviewing the specs on line the head weights for the series 1 are failry low for the length of shaft we would need, she would be moving onto the 54" set for US kids and the series 1 VT Max  have slightly lighter heads than these.

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Posted 14 December 2016 - 03:50 PM

Just got in left handed wedges from Mike Flynn for my son for Christmas.  Ordered them because of everyone here that raves about them.  Have to say that I am very impressed.  In comparison to the US Kids Wedges, these seem heavier, have a better bounce, and love the shaft.  Can't wait to sneak onto the course Christmas day so he can try them out.  The US Kids Wedges seemed to rust out very quickly.  These seem like real clubs.  If he likes them I may break down and buy him a full set of irons.  He had to have wedges.  Needs irons, but in between youth and adult right now.

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 12:07 AM

We are loving the Flynn golf vt max driver but prefer the us kids UL irons. Next set will be the us kids tour irons and an adult Callaway XR driver, m2, or Cobra.

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 09:23 AM

View Postkekoa, on 15 December 2016 - 12:07 AM, said:

We are loving the Flynn golf vt max driver but prefer the us kids UL irons. Next set will be the us kids tour irons and an adult Callaway XR driver, m2, or Cobra.

Is it the graphite shafts, or are the heads just not as good as the US Kids.  

My kid is in all Steel shafts.

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Posted 15 December 2016 - 12:36 PM

View Postheavy_hitter, on 15 December 2016 - 09:23 AM, said:

View Postkekoa, on 15 December 2016 - 12:07 AM, said:

We are loving the Flynn golf vt max driver but prefer the us kids UL irons. Next set will be the us kids tour irons and an adult Callaway XR driver, m2, or Cobra.

Is it the graphite shafts, or are the heads just not as good as the US Kids.  

My kid is in all Steel shafts.

One thing I noticed for sure is that the Flynn iron heads are noticeably smaller and more compact than the US Kids offerings.  Also, the shafts are bit more stout.  My son had a problem with consistency.  That said, I've seen some of the older kids 7-8 yrs old hitting the Flynn Very well.  I'll give them a go again next year when my son is a bit older.


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