What Is The Difference Between Women’s And Junior Golf Clubs?


Women’s and junior golf clubs are very similar when it comes to design, at first glance. There are, however, some key differences when it comes to technical features such as the build and weight.

Both women’s and junior golf clubs offer lightweight properties, but the main difference is in length, more than the shaft flex. If you’re looking for the best women’s golf clubs, ladies who are shorter than average might find junior clubs suitable.

Let’s look at the differences now so that you can decide for yourself.


What is The Difference Between Women’s and Junior Golf Clubs?


1. Club Length

It’s important first to note that junior clubs come in various sizes, whereas woman’s clubs don’t. Entry-level junior clubs are designed for small children under the age of 5 to 6 years of age. These clubs are very short in comparison to standard women’s clubs.

To give you an idea, the 9-iron length of a junior set designed for a child that is about 48 inches in height is 26.5 inches. The standard 9 iron length of a women’s club is 35 inches.

However, junior golf clubs designed for older kids (aged 13 and above) are roughly the same length as that of standard women’s clubs. The standard length of a 9 iron in junior sets for kids taller than 5 feet is 33 inches, so only 2 inches shorter.

2. Shaft Flex

In addition to length, junior and women’s clubs also vary in shaft flex. Both come standard with graphite shafts, but the flex of these shafts differs. Women’s clubs feature ladies flex shafts, and junior clubs come standard with junior flex shafts.

Both standard shaft choices for these clubs respectively are very lightweight and offer maximum flex. This additional flex is ideal for slow swinging players such as juniors and women.

3. Set Composition

Most junior sets are complete sets and can come with a driver, fairway wood, hybrid, long iron, short iron, wedge, and putter. These beginner sets usually are color-coded by the manufacturer according to juniors of different ages and heights.

This is an essential factor to keep in mind for female golfers thinking about playing with a junior set. If you are thinking about switching to a junior set, make sure to look at options that include a complete set.

4. Design Features.

The average junior set retails at a lower price point than the average women’s set. Still, this low price point comes with compromises.

Junior sets for older kids feature various design elements to ensure maximum performance. But in most cases, junior sets don’t feature the same level of technology that can be found in women’s sets from leading manufacturers.

Reduction in the amount of technology is the most evident when looking at the driver and putter designs within junior sets.

Technology can be a game-changer for slow-swinging players. Female players that are considering the switch to junior clubs need to keep this in mind. Saving at the till, unfortunately, won’t translate into saving shots on course.

Can a Woman Use Junior Golf Clubs?

There is no reason why a woman can’t play with junior clubs, but deciding to do so will require you to compromise.

The standard length of junior clubs for teens and women’s clubs differs by roughly 2 inches. This difference in height makes junior clubs an excellent option for women golfers shorter than average height. Playing with a junior set might fix this female player’s length issue when buying clubs. Still, she will have to compromise on technology.

Furthermore, junior clubs very rarely come in complete sets. If you want a full set, you will have to purchase additional hybrids, fairway woods, and wedges to fill up your bag to 14 clubs.


Final Thoughts

The design of junior golf clubs has come a long way over the last decade, thanks to the rising interest of juniors taking up the game of golf. Junior and women’s clubs share similarities in terms of weight, length, and shaft flex. Despite these similarities, women’s clubs feature more advanced designs from a technology point.

Junior clubs are an option for female golfers that are shorter than the average female golfer. But the decision to play with junior clubs won’t be without compromise in terms of technology and set composition.

The next article takes us back to adult sets, and looks at whether men can play with women’s golf clubs. It’s quite an obvious answer that they can play with women’s golf clubs, but it’s all dependant on some factors such as height and swing speed. 


Written by Kirsty

After graduating from college, I turned professional and played on both the LPGA and Symetra Tours for three years. Since 2019, I now coach full time and write for a handful of online sites.

September 25, 2021

Golf Clubs

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