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#31 leezer99

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Posted 09 October 2017 - 09:00 PM

View PostYelwar, on 09 October 2017 - 07:24 PM, said:

View Posttiger1873, on 09 October 2017 - 07:13 PM, said:

View Postleezer99, on 09 October 2017 - 05:25 PM, said:

View PostYelwar, on 09 October 2017 - 03:29 PM, said:

What shafts are you guys using for the juniors who are using OEM irons?  I'm thinking about new irons myself and thought I'd reuse my 714 AP2 heads for my son, but I haven't really seen aftermarket junior iron shafts.  He plays Flynns now and I know Mike sells shafts, but I'm curious what others have used.

Kuro Kage TiNi in A flex for my son's AP1's.

Kuro Kage shafts are great and hard to beat if your looking for something lightweight  If you start looking there are a lot shafts out there and very lightweight.  If you are needing to buy junior shafts then you really should not be buying OEM clubs.  If a kid can swing above 60 mph then buying women's flex will work.

The only kids I know that were fitted with OEM clubs are lefty's because it used to be hard to get the better kids clubs for them. I don't believe that is an issue anymore.

Being lightweight is certainly part of it but length was the other factor I wasn’t sure about.  He is 10, so even the length of a woman’s shaft for irons is going to be too long.  I think he will make it through the fall and next spring with this set assuming no major growth spurt.  So this would be more of a the 11/12 year old set and I am just trying to think ahead.

My other pain is his younger sister is a giant for her age so this current set probably won’t work as hand me downs as she is as big as he is!

You can cut down the shafts but make sure you adjust the loft / lie accordingly.  My boy is only nine and was fitted for his current set.


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Posted 25 October 2017 - 01:15 PM

6 year old (going on 7 soon).

USKG UL48 6-PW, SW (new)
USKG TS51 Driver (used)
USKG TS51 3-Wood (used)
USKG UL48 Hybrid (new)
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Posted 08 May 2018 - 09:57 AM

View Postheavy_hitter, on 05 October 2017 - 08:13 AM, said:

View PostCTgolf, on 05 October 2017 - 05:10 AM, said:

Interesting to see many young kids hit OEM drivers/clubs

My son still uses TS clubs

At what age/size/swing speed do you think it makes a big enough difference?  Are there advantages to playing OEM sooner/later?

I always figured if he could be competitive and win with TS then waiting to switch to OEM would only help him that much more in the future but would be open to switching sooner if there were other considerations and  advantages other than just distance

Mine switched at 9/10.  Wondered why everyone was 10-20 yards longer on a local tour because mine was always as long or in some cases longer than everyone there.  Noticed after the 3rd tourney in the local that the kids out driving him were using OEM drivers and woods.  Neighbor down the street had given me a Senior Flex RBZ 3W and it was just sitting in the garage.  I cut it down that night.  He went to an after school function the very next day (Monday) and was right around 10 yards longer with the cut down 3W than he was his US Kids Driver.  I then had a used Jet Speed with a senior shaft two day aired to me from Global Golf.com. I cut it down on Thursday, he practiced with it on Friday, he out drove his opponents on Saturday and won.  He was 15 to 20 yards longer with the Jet Speed than he was the US Kids.  Been using OEM woods ever since.
My experience was a little bit different.  I think the OEM driver carries farther (assuming its the same length as US Kids TS driver, but the US Kids TS driver definitely has lower spin and rolls a ton.

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 09:46 PM

View Postyellowlover519, on 08 May 2018 - 09:57 AM, said:

View Postheavy_hitter, on 05 October 2017 - 08:13 AM, said:

View PostCTgolf, on 05 October 2017 - 05:10 AM, said:

Interesting to see many young kids hit OEM drivers/clubs

My son still uses TS clubs

At what age/size/swing speed do you think it makes a big enough difference?  Are there advantages to playing OEM sooner/later?

I always figured if he could be competitive and win with TS then waiting to switch to OEM would only help him that much more in the future but would be open to switching sooner if there were other considerations and  advantages other than just distance

Mine switched at 9/10.  Wondered why everyone was 10-20 yards longer on a local tour because mine was always as long or in some cases longer than everyone there.  Noticed after the 3rd tourney in the local that the kids out driving him were using OEM drivers and woods.  Neighbor down the street had given me a Senior Flex RBZ 3W and it was just sitting in the garage.  I cut it down that night.  He went to an after school function the very next day (Monday) and was right around 10 yards longer with the cut down 3W than he was his US Kids Driver.  I then had a used Jet Speed with a senior shaft two day aired to me from Global Golf.com. I cut it down on Thursday, he practiced with it on Friday, he out drove his opponents on Saturday and won.  He was 15 to 20 yards longer with the Jet Speed than he was the US Kids.  Been using OEM woods ever since.
My experience was a little bit different.  I think the OEM driver carries farther (assuming its the same length) as US Kids TS driver, but the US Kids TS driver definitely has lower spin and rolls a ton.  That being said, carry was more important than roll out without control.  Switched to Cobra Junior Fly Z at age 7 and M2 at age 8.  Just retipped cobra shaft with TM tip.

Edited by yellowlover519, 12 May 2018 - 09:53 PM.


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Posted 12 May 2018 - 09:50 PM

9-year old

Driver - 2017 M2
Irons - Mizuno MP-5s with Zelos steel shaft (R2 flex)
Hybrid - 4H titleist 915
5W - 2017 M1 (only bc you can switch shafts)
Wedges - Mizuno S-5 in 50*, 54* and 58*

Mizuno MP-5s have more traditional lofts.  Also, Mizunos are 1* to 2* flat when compared to other OEMs.  Length match US Kids 57 tour series.

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Posted 13 May 2018 - 06:16 AM

View Postyellowlover519, on 12 May 2018 - 09:50 PM, said:

9-year old

Driver - 2017 M2
Irons - Mizuno MP-5s with Zelos steel shaft (R2 flex)
Hybrid - 4H titleist 915
5W - 2017 M1 (only bc you can switch shafts)
Wedges - Mizuno S-5 in 50*, 54* and 58*

Mizuno MP-5s have more traditional lofts.  Also, Mizunos are 1* to 2* flat when compared to other OEMs.  Length match US Kids 57 tour series.

What is your kids swing speed?

Edited by heavy_hitter, 13 May 2018 - 06:20 AM.


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Posted 14 May 2018 - 08:29 AM

View Postyellowlover519, on 12 May 2018 - 09:50 PM, said:

9-year old

Driver - 2017 M2
Irons - Mizuno MP-5s with Zelos steel shaft (R2 flex)
Hybrid - 4H titleist 915
5W - 2017 M1 (only bc you can switch shafts)
Wedges - Mizuno S-5 in 50*, 54* and 58*

Mizuno MP-5s have more traditional lofts.  Also, Mizunos are 1* to 2* flat when compared to other OEMs.  Length match US Kids 57 tour series.

He 9. WHY is he swinging blades? Most PGA tour pros don't even swing those.

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 09:03 AM

View Postyellowlover519, on 12 May 2018 - 09:50 PM, said:

9-year old

Driver - 2017 M2
Irons - Mizuno MP-5s with Zelos steel shaft (R2 flex)
Hybrid - 4H titleist 915
5W - 2017 M1 (only bc you can switch shafts)
Wedges - Mizuno S-5 in 50*, 54* and 58*

Mizuno MP-5s have more traditional lofts.  Also, Mizunos are 1* to 2* flat when compared to other OEMs.  Length match US Kids 57 tour series.

You don't happen to go by the name Ace do you?

https://youtu.be/v4O2_1mrD0Y

Just having a little fun. But seriously, MP5s for a 9yo?
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Posted 14 May 2018 - 10:12 AM

View Postyellowlover519, on 12 May 2018 - 09:50 PM, said:

9-year old

Driver - 2017 M2
Irons - Mizuno MP-5s with Zelos steel shaft (R2 flex)
Hybrid - 4H titleist 915
5W - 2017 M1 (only bc you can switch shafts)
Wedges - Mizuno S-5 in 50*, 54* and 58*

Mizuno MP-5s have more traditional lofts.  Also, Mizunos are 1* to 2* flat when compared to other OEMs.  Length match US Kids 57 tour series.

Did you mean to say the MP-H5's?

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 10:46 AM

View Postyellowlover519, on 12 May 2018 - 09:50 PM, said:

9-year old

Driver - 2017 M2
Irons - Mizuno MP-5s with Zelos steel shaft (R2 flex)
Hybrid - 4H titleist 915
5W - 2017 M1 (only bc you can switch shafts)
Wedges - Mizuno S-5 in 50*, 54* and 58*

Mizuno MP-5s have more traditional lofts.  Also, Mizunos are 1* to 2* flat when compared to other OEMs.  Length match US Kids 57 tour series.

To each his own I guess but those irons are defying all logic and standardized patterns of thought for a 9 year old who would be in 57" USKids clubs....

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 10:14 AM

I think every kid is different.  For us, he can hit it through the proper windows with those clubs, including the 4 iron (albeit, itís not pure 50% of the time).  When he started that set he would hit 8 iron 5/10 in the sweet spot and toe the rest (have to love foot powder).  Now, I am comfortable that p-7 iron that he can hit 80-90% pure.  6-5 irons probably 70% right now, if Iím being honest.  Also, I had previously bought one mp-4 iron on eBay and built it as a range club.

So why the MP-5s?  One, Iím not a fan of jacked up lofts with a face bigger than US Kids.   Two, he has to learn what a mishit is.  Three, I think it promotes much more efficient practice and will ultimately make him a better ball striker (although I will unlikely ever move to GI clubs for a number of reasons); you can find out something is wrong pretty quickly and we donít have the time to practice much given his other commitments.  Four, they were my heads and I wanted a new set :).  Five, much easier to bend lie of forged clubs, which needed to be done.  Six, if youíre a golfwxer, MP-5s and MP-64s are arguably the two best irons ever made.

BTW - his pga junior coach loves his progression and use of these clubs (I am his only real coach).  If he was shorter than anyone we play on our local tours with or wasnít launching them at appropriate angles, maybe I would only use the set as a range set, but heís fine.

I think the only new club was the M1 fairway wood (if you donít know, AJGA discount is huge and well worth a junior annual membership); again bc I needed a fairway wood that I could easily switch shafts as he grows.  Hybrid was mine - just changed setting and got an appropriate shaft.  Driver, I donít think OEM goes any longer in total distance, but they carry farther than US Kids Tour (at least for my son).  US Kids woods just seem to have a lot of roll out and I hated trajectory on those for my son.  

Big fan of the zelos shafts for juniors.   You guys should check them out as they weigh less than 80 grams.  All in all, didnít cost me much and I just have to change shafts while he grows.  Clubs should last 3 seasons.

If you have a strong enough 9-10 year-old, get a blade (single iron that will run you like $60 used and buy a zelos or graphite shaft; have it built (total cost should be about $120)) and have them work on their swing.   Just my 2 cents.  Of course everyone has/will have differing opinions.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 10:25 AM

View Postheavy_hitter, on 13 May 2018 - 06:16 AM, said:

View Postyellowlover519, on 12 May 2018 - 09:50 PM, said:

9-year old

Driver - 2017 M2
Irons - Mizuno MP-5s with Zelos steel shaft (R2 flex)
Hybrid - 4H titleist 915
5W - 2017 M1 (only bc you can switch shafts)
Wedges - Mizuno S-5 in 50*, 54* and 58*

Mizuno MP-5s have more traditional lofts.  Also, Mizunos are 1* to 2* flat when compared to other OEMs.  Length match US Kids 57 tour series.

What is your kids swing speed?

Heavy - havenít measure his swing speed.  But here are approximates of his distances (all in carry), so far this spring in colder weather:

Driver - 165-175
5 wood - 150-160
Hybrid - 140-150
4i - 130
5i - 125
6i - 115
7i - 110
8i - 100
9i - 90-95

And so on...

And no, I donít believe that playing in GI irons bent to the same lofts or graphite shafts would change any of those numbers...

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 10:30 AM

View Postyellowlover519, on 16 May 2018 - 10:14 AM, said:

I think every kid is different.  For us, he can hit it through the proper windows with those clubs, including the 4 iron (albeit, it's not pure 50% of the time).  When he started that set he would hit 8 iron 5/10 in the sweet spot and toe the rest (have to love foot powder).  Now, I am comfortable that p-7 iron that he can hit 80-90% pure.  6-5 irons probably 70% right now, if I'm being honest.  Also, I had previously bought one mp-4 iron on eBay and built it as a range club.

So why the MP-5s?  One, I'm not a fan of jacked up lofts with a face bigger than US Kids.   Two, he has to learn what a mishit is.  Three, I think it promotes much more efficient practice and will ultimately make him a better ball striker (although I will unlikely ever move to GI clubs for a number of reasons); you can find out something is wrong pretty quickly and we don't have the time to practice much given his other commitments.  Four, they were my heads and I wanted a new set :).  Five, much easier to bend lie of forged clubs, which needed to be done.  Six, if you're a golfwxer, MP-5s and MP-64s are arguably the two best irons ever made.

BTW - his pga junior coach loves his progression and use of these clubs (I am his only real coach).  If he was shorter than anyone we play on our local tours with or wasn't launching them at appropriate angles, maybe I would only use the set as a range set, but he's fine.

I think the only new club was the M1 fairway wood (if you don't know, AJGA discount is huge and well worth a junior annual membership); again bc I needed a fairway wood that I could easily switch shafts as he grows.  Hybrid was mine - just changed setting and got an appropriate shaft.  Driver, I don't think OEM goes any longer in total distance, but they carry farther than US Kids Tour (at least for my son).  US Kids woods just seem to have a lot of roll out and I hated trajectory on those for my son.  

Big fan of the zelos shafts for juniors.   You guys should check them out as they weigh less than 80 grams.  All in all, didn't cost me much and I just have to change shafts while he grows.  Clubs should last 3 seasons.

If you have a strong enough 9-10 year-old, get a blade (single iron that will run you like $60 used and buy a zelos or graphite shaft; have it built (total cost should be about $120)) and have them work on their swing.   Just my 2 cents.  Of course everyone has/will have differing opinions.

Lot of great points I agree with and some I don't.  Not going to debate either but I do have a set of MP-60's in the garage and I'm watching a zelos 7 auction on ebay.  

Yesterday I asked the boy if his clubs were too light and he indicated that they probably were... last fitting was about a year ago now.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 10:41 AM

View Postyellowlover519, on 16 May 2018 - 10:14 AM, said:

I think every kid is different.  For us, he can hit it through the proper windows with those clubs, including the 4 iron (albeit, it's not pure 50% of the time).  When he started that set he would hit 8 iron 5/10 in the sweet spot and toe the rest (have to love foot powder).  Now, I am comfortable that p-7 iron that he can hit 80-90% pure.  6-5 irons probably 70% right now, if I'm being honest.  Also, I had previously bought one mp-4 iron on eBay and built it as a range club.

So why the MP-5s?  One, I'm not a fan of jacked up lofts with a face bigger than US Kids.   Two, he has to learn what a mishit is.  Three, I think it promotes much more efficient practice and will ultimately make him a better ball striker (although I will unlikely ever move to GI clubs for a number of reasons); you can find out something is wrong pretty quickly and we don't have the time to practice much given his other commitments.  Four, they were my heads and I wanted a new set :).  Five, much easier to bend lie of forged clubs, which needed to be done.  Six, if you're a golfwxer, MP-5s and MP-64s are arguably the two best irons ever made.

BTW - his pga junior coach loves his progression and use of these clubs (I am his only real coach).  If he was shorter than anyone we play on our local tours with or wasn't launching them at appropriate angles, maybe I would only use the set as a range set, but he's fine.

I think the only new club was the M1 fairway wood (if you don't know, AJGA discount is huge and well worth a junior annual membership); again bc I needed a fairway wood that I could easily switch shafts as he grows.  Hybrid was mine - just changed setting and got an appropriate shaft.  Driver, I don't think OEM goes any longer in total distance, but they carry farther than US Kids Tour (at least for my son).  US Kids woods just seem to have a lot of roll out and I hated trajectory on those for my son.  

Big fan of the zelos shafts for juniors.   You guys should check them out as they weigh less than 80 grams.  All in all, didn't cost me much and I just have to change shafts while he grows.  Clubs should last 3 seasons.

If you have a strong enough 9-10 year-old, get a blade (single iron that will run you like $60 used and buy a zelos or graphite shaft; have it built (total cost should be about $120)) and have them work on their swing.   Just my 2 cents.  Of course everyone has/will have differing opinions.

To each his own.  A couple of decent points, but several that I don't agree with.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 10:47 AM

I agree.  No need to debate the blade v cavity back as this is a junior forum and it will be endless.  I just post to give insight on what I think in hopes that it will provide advice to others.  Weíre all seeking improvement, nothing else.  



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Posted 16 May 2018 - 10:52 AM

View Postyellowlover519, on 16 May 2018 - 10:47 AM, said:

I agree.  No need to debate the blade v cavity back as this is a junior forum and it will be endless.  I just post to give insight on what I think in hopes that it will provide advice to others.  We're all seeking improvement, nothing else.  

It goes back to the yardage thing... have them play longer yardages early so they have to learn to save par or let them play short yardages so they learn to go low.  There's more than one way to skin a cat.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 11:15 AM

My daughter is 12, 13 next week.  We just got through buying her new clubs.  M2 Driver and 3 Wood.  Titleist 816 23 degree hybrid.  Titleist AP3 irons, 5 through GW.  AP3's have a 43 degree pitching wedge so they offer a 48 degree gap wedge also which we did get.  She has Titleist 52, 56, and 60 degree SM6 Vokey wedges. Taylormade Spider putter.  We spent months putting that set together and I'm so glad we finally got them finished.  She loves them and is killing them.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 11:39 AM

My son is 11. He plays the following:

F6 Jr. Driver
LTD Black 4W- 16*
Epic Heavenwood- 19*
F6 4 hybrid- 22*
Cobra AMP Forged 5i-GW w/ Matrix Graphite Shafts
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Posted 29 May 2018 - 08:58 AM

My son is 13........still in Ladies Taylormade irons but uses senior flex woods.  It's hard to figure out when to go to full on adult clubs.

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 02:52 PM

Our older son went from USKids TS to Ping i's when he was 12 and we will probably do the same with our 11 yr old, about to be 12. The younger plays with a Cobra driver (great deals on them and the Cobra junior free shaft program is worthwhile) and the other plays TM M3, both driver and 3W (he just turned 14). The younger shoots in the low 80's, occasionally in the 70's so he will start with something a little more forgiving - there is no point at all in going with blades when even a lot of tour pro's are moving away from pure blades. The 14 year old could handle blades as he can shoot below par from our clubs men's tees (6,800) - but there is no reason for young juniors to be playing pure blades.

I also feel strongly that kids should enjoy the game so why not provide equipment that is suited to their level of play and will help them get the ball in the air and provide forgiveness on off center strikes? For my 12 year old, I like the look of the AP1's (maybe even AP3's), Ping G400/700, TM M3 or P790's and some of the Mizuno's mentioned in this article on junior transition irons: https://thejuniorgol...ansition-irons/

A BIG part of this is getting the right shafts fitted and making sure the lie and grips are appropriate. My 14 year old has steel stiff shafts (irons) and X-Stiff (6.5) for the driver - all professionally fitted - but he was in regular flex until 6 months ago before the growth spurt hit and driver head speed went from low 90's to 105+ Point being, at this age things change quickly and new shaft might be needed sooner than expected.

Edited by maxamillian31, 29 May 2018 - 03:11 PM.


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#51 heavy_hitter

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 03:30 PM

View Postmaxamillian31, on 29 May 2018 - 02:52 PM, said:

Our older son went from USKids TS to Ping i's when he was 12 and we will probably do the same with our 11 yr old, about to be 12. The younger plays with a Cobra driver (great deals on them and the Cobra junior free shaft program is worthwhile) and the other plays TM M3, both driver and 3W (he just turned 14). The younger shoots in the low 80's, occasionally in the 70's so he will start with something a little more forgiving - there is no point at all in going with blades when even a lot of tour pro's are moving away from pure blades. The 14 year old could handle blades as he can shoot below par from our clubs men's tees (6,800) - but there is no reason for young juniors to be playing pure blades.

I also feel strongly that kids should enjoy the game so why not provide equipment that is suited to their level of play and will help them get the ball in the air and provide forgiveness on off center strikes? For my 12 year old, I like the look of the AP1's (maybe even AP3's), Ping G400/700, TM M3 or P790's and some of the Mizuno's mentioned in this article on junior transition irons: https://thejuniorgol...ansition-irons/

A BIG part of this is getting the right shafts fitted and making sure the lie and grips are appropriate. My 14 year old has steel stiff shafts (irons) and X-Stiff (6.5) for the driver - all professionally fitted - but he was in regular flex until 6 months ago before the growth spurt hit and driver head speed went from low 90's to 105+ Point being, at this age things change quickly and new shaft might be needed sooner than expected.

I got my kid the M3 3W and he hates it.  Doesn't like the sound or the ball flight.

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 03:41 PM

View Postheavy_hitter, on 29 May 2018 - 03:30 PM, said:

View Postmaxamillian31, on 29 May 2018 - 02:52 PM, said:

Our older son went from USKids TS to Ping i's when he was 12 and we will probably do the same with our 11 yr old, about to be 12. The younger plays with a Cobra driver (great deals on them and the Cobra junior free shaft program is worthwhile) and the other plays TM M3, both driver and 3W (he just turned 14). The younger shoots in the low 80's, occasionally in the 70's so he will start with something a little more forgiving - there is no point at all in going with blades when even a lot of tour pro's are moving away from pure blades. The 14 year old could handle blades as he can shoot below par from our clubs men's tees (6,800) - but there is no reason for young juniors to be playing pure blades.

I also feel strongly that kids should enjoy the game so why not provide equipment that is suited to their level of play and will help them get the ball in the air and provide forgiveness on off center strikes? For my 12 year old, I like the look of the AP1's (maybe even AP3's), Ping G400/700, TM M3 or P790's and some of the Mizuno's mentioned in this article on junior transition irons: https://thejuniorgol...ansition-irons/

A BIG part of this is getting the right shafts fitted and making sure the lie and grips are appropriate. My 14 year old has steel stiff shafts (irons) and X-Stiff (6.5) for the driver - all professionally fitted - but he was in regular flex until 6 months ago before the growth spurt hit and driver head speed went from low 90's to 105+ Point being, at this age things change quickly and new shaft might be needed sooner than expected.

I got my kid the M3 3W and he hates it.  Doesn't like the sound or the ball flight.

Actually I got that wrong, mine went with the M4 Tour not M3, he didn't like the M3 3W either but for him it was the channel under the club that seemed to get stuck when he started the backswing - almost had to lift the club instead of drawing it back as he prefers. M4 has a flat bottom, not adjustable. He also like the Epic. Out of interest, what did your son end up going with?

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 03:50 PM

View Postmaxamillian31, on 29 May 2018 - 03:41 PM, said:

View Postheavy_hitter, on 29 May 2018 - 03:30 PM, said:

View Postmaxamillian31, on 29 May 2018 - 02:52 PM, said:

Our older son went from USKids TS to Ping i's when he was 12 and we will probably do the same with our 11 yr old, about to be 12. The younger plays with a Cobra driver (great deals on them and the Cobra junior free shaft program is worthwhile) and the other plays TM M3, both driver and 3W (he just turned 14). The younger shoots in the low 80's, occasionally in the 70's so he will start with something a little more forgiving - there is no point at all in going with blades when even a lot of tour pro's are moving away from pure blades. The 14 year old could handle blades as he can shoot below par from our clubs men's tees (6,800) - but there is no reason for young juniors to be playing pure blades.

I also feel strongly that kids should enjoy the game so why not provide equipment that is suited to their level of play and will help them get the ball in the air and provide forgiveness on off center strikes? For my 12 year old, I like the look of the AP1's (maybe even AP3's), Ping G400/700, TM M3 or P790's and some of the Mizuno's mentioned in this article on junior transition irons: https://thejuniorgol...ansition-irons/

A BIG part of this is getting the right shafts fitted and making sure the lie and grips are appropriate. My 14 year old has steel stiff shafts (irons) and X-Stiff (6.5) for the driver - all professionally fitted - but he was in regular flex until 6 months ago before the growth spurt hit and driver head speed went from low 90's to 105+ Point being, at this age things change quickly and new shaft might be needed sooner than expected.

I got my kid the M3 3W and he hates it.  Doesn't like the sound or the ball flight.

Actually I got that wrong, mine went with the M4 Tour not M3, he didn't like the M3 3W either but for him it was the channel under the club that seemed to get stuck when he started the backswing - almost had to lift the club instead of drawing it back as he prefers. M4 has a flat bottom, not adjustable. He also like the Epic. Out of interest, what did your son end up going with?

Sorry, I meant M4 as well.  I just bought him the M4.  His M2 snapped in half when his bag fell off of the back of the cart.  I have a Taylormade discount and got it for $150 so figured what the heck.  A used M2 would cost me the same as a new M4 so I bought it.  When you find a 3W you like, you keep it forever.  He claims it is the club, I watch him swing and I think he doesn't trust it and he swings the club differently with it in his hands.

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Posted 29 May 2018 - 06:40 PM

View Postmaxamillian31, on 29 May 2018 - 03:41 PM, said:

View Postheavy_hitter, on 29 May 2018 - 03:30 PM, said:

View Postmaxamillian31, on 29 May 2018 - 02:52 PM, said:

Our older son went from USKids TS to Ping i's when he was 12 and we will probably do the same with our 11 yr old, about to be 12. The younger plays with a Cobra driver (great deals on them and the Cobra junior free shaft program is worthwhile) and the other plays TM M3, both driver and 3W (he just turned 14). The younger shoots in the low 80's, occasionally in the 70's so he will start with something a little more forgiving - there is no point at all in going with blades when even a lot of tour pro's are moving away from pure blades. The 14 year old could handle blades as he can shoot below par from our clubs men's tees (6,800) - but there is no reason for young juniors to be playing pure blades.

I also feel strongly that kids should enjoy the game so why not provide equipment that is suited to their level of play and will help them get the ball in the air and provide forgiveness on off center strikes? For my 12 year old, I like the look of the AP1's (maybe even AP3's), Ping G400/700, TM M3 or P790's and some of the Mizuno's mentioned in this article on junior transition irons: https://thejuniorgol...ansition-irons/

A BIG part of this is getting the right shafts fitted and making sure the lie and grips are appropriate. My 14 year old has steel stiff shafts (irons) and X-Stiff (6.5) for the driver - all professionally fitted - but he was in regular flex until 6 months ago before the growth spurt hit and driver head speed went from low 90's to 105+ Point being, at this age things change quickly and new shaft might be needed sooner than expected.

I got my kid the M3 3W and he hates it.  Doesn't like the sound or the ball flight.

Actually I got that wrong, mine went with the M4 Tour not M3, he didn't like the M3 3W either but for him it was the channel under the club that seemed to get stuck when he started the backswing - almost had to lift the club instead of drawing it back as he prefers. M4 has a flat bottom, not adjustable. He also like the Epic. Out of interest, what did your son end up going with?

My son plays the Epic 3W and loves it... probably his favorite club in the bag.  Tried the M4 at the local golf shop and he hated the feel and sound.  The Callaway Preowned site just restocked the epic line of woods.  If you're interested I'd start there.

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 10:29 AM

View PostMikekiM, on 03 October 2017 - 02:49 PM, said:

Currently my 8yo is using
M2 Driver
Ping Moxie 3W
VT Max 5W
VT Max 5i
USK UL-48 6-SW
VT Max 52*

We've added clubs over the past year as we've found gaps in the yardage we wanted to fill.

Just figured I'd update as he's slightly outgrown this set.  Just turned 9 a couple weeks ago.
M2 (2017) Driver
M1 (2016) 3W
M2 (2017) 5W
USKids TS-3 5i-LW

Still looking for something to cover the gap between the 5i and 5W.  Tried out an M2 3Hybrid, but was just too heavy.  May pick up a 3Hybrid from USkids instead.

TaylorMade R15
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Titleist T-MB
Titleist 716 CB
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Posted 30 May 2018 - 11:48 AM

My daughter just turned 9.

2016 M2 Driver HL set to 14 with Flynn Shaft
2016 M1 5 wood set to 21 with Flynn Shaft
Flynn 27 Hybrid
Flynn Series 2 irons 6 to PW
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Posted 30 May 2018 - 12:56 PM

8 Yrs old

Adult everything to keep up with the Jones's

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Posted 30 May 2018 - 01:17 PM

View Postkekoa, on 30 May 2018 - 12:56 PM, said:

8 Yrs old

Adult everything to keep up with the Jones's

Other players should be trying to keep up with your boy.  Doesn't look like many were able to this last season.

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 02:40 PM

10 year old son
Cobra F6 JR Driver with 39" shaft, set to 14, removed orange weight, put clear weight on back
Cobra ladies Biocell 3-4 wood
Cobra ladies Fly-z 4-5 hybrid
Cobra ladies Fly-z 5-6 hybrid
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It may look excessive, but my justification is that I don't play golf, let alone tournament golf.  The good equipment would better serve him than me.

I have a $400 Callaway set from Costco, and I've used it maybe total of 2 rounds last year?  

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Posted 31 May 2018 - 03:12 PM

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Cobra F6 JR Driver with 39" shaft, set to 14, removed orange weight, put clear weight on back


Just make sure you have the clear thing or a weight screwed in each of the holes (front and back) otherwise it would be considered non-conforming.


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