Seve Ballesteros used a cut-down three-iron to hit golf balls on a beach when he was seven years old. He later went on to win 91 professional tournaments worldwide, and is arguably the greatest golfer in European Tour history. And Andres Romero, a year-old Argentinean and winner on the PGA Tour, began playing when he was six years old, using a club his father carved from a branch of a Mulberry tree. While these nifty methods have proven outstanding for Ballesteros and Romero, today's proper junior clubs are better than cut-down 3-irons and Mulberry branches. Indeed, you may think there are just too many options, but it'll serve you well to put some thought into which clubs and which pre-packaged sets best suit your junior golfer.
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The new Ping ProdiG junior clubs, as comes no surprise from the company that has been at the forefront of custom fitting nearly from its inception six decades ago, are rooted in the simple idea that kids grow. But rather than build a junior line of clubs with multiple versions for different ages, Ping has solved that problem the way you would naturally think it would: By giving kids and their parents the option to get the set refit with updated specifications on weight, length and flex. The club Prodi G set is built largely for juniors transitioning from their first set of clubs, but find standard clubs too long, too stiff, too heavy and with too little loft. A bag completes the ensemble. Solheim, Ping president.
Tour players using clubs they purchased is a rarity. After all, tour players are a pampered bunch with tour reps waiting at nearly every tournament to cater to their equipment needs. Still, players using clubs they bought with their own cash is a fascinating list.
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