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Golf set for elderly shorter player?

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My father-in-law of 74 years old would like to pick up the game of golf - it's never too late!

He's 5.0 feet tall, so he has a difficult time hitting with my clubs, even if he shortens up on the clubs, which are regular male adult length.

Custom clubs is not an option due to budgetary restricrtions, so I'm considering purchasing a junior set, age 11-12 in that range.

Does the junior club approach here make sense? Any opinions would be welcome.




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How much you want to spend? Could check out Hireko golf and custom order a set a couple inches short. Probably graphite. But yeah a teen ager set might do the trick.;=item416a27c10f&_uhb=1

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This is a classic example of when custom fitting would help.

If possible, pair him with a pro who also does club fittings. Have him take a couple of lessons to get he basics, and then get a static fitting for a set of clubs he likes. Static fitting measures clubs for physical fit. This includes: shaft length, lie angle check, and grip thickness. Chances are he'll need thinner grips.

You could consider youth clubs, or possibly women's clubs in petite range (1"shorter shafts, lower lie angle).

After a couple of lessons, put him on a launch monitor and see what clubhead speed he has. Them, do the static fitting for a set of clubs he likes.


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Thanks for the feedback, that is exactly what we did!

He ended purchasing a junior set BUT with a bigger bag.


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