First I would like to say that this is the best golf forum I've seen by a country mile. A lot of helpful and knowledgeable people here.
Enough butt kissing. (even though it's true)
The background: I have a 13 year old son who is "above average" in skill to be modest. I'm not saying he is the next Rory or Speith or anything like that, just that he is good for his age. I have had him hitting golf balls in one way or another since he was 3 or 4 and his hand/eye coordination accuracy and short game have been his strength.
In the last 4-5 months has really hit a growth spurt as far as his strength goes and while we have only hit practice balls off of mats in the last month I can see a major swing speed increase. He doesn't look like a kid swinging anymore. He would hit his driver about 210-220 on a dry day with his best hits last year, 7 iron around 140. (I can't wait to see him hit real balls this summer)
The situation: My boss gave me a set of his "old" clubs that were a major upgrade over my 12 year old Wilson Fat Shafts (I don't have a lot of disposable income so some 4 year old clubs were a big deal). a set of A through 7I Callaway wide soles and Cobra baffler hybrids for the rest. 6 iron equivalent up to a "2". My son loved them and hit them all well but particularly like the bafflers.
The question: Should I be encouraging him to hit longer irons instead of the hybrids? Will it possibly inhibit his growth as a younger golfer with a possible competitive future to use them?
Thinking along those same lines... what about "game improvement" irons like the Callaway wide soles? Won't they cover up some flaws that should be worked on or does it really matter in the long run as long as he can score low.
Just curious what the good people here think about this.