Hello Team Titleist!
I am looking for advice on getting a junior golfer started. My father and step mother have done a lot over the years to raise my 12 year old cousin, Isaiah. My father passed away in early August. Isaiah has always looked up to me, and I am taking the opportunity to ensure that he has a strong role model in his life. In my experience, at his age this is crucial. Isaiah is so humble and kind, I would like to see this trend continue in his life, in spite of his somewhat chaotic upbringing.
Isaiah has been interested in golf and has played many other sports. He has a a lot of natural talent with golf. This past Saturday I outfitted him with some of the clubs I used as a kid and we went for his first nine holes. I was so impressed with how much he listened and soaked up what I was telling him. I hope his motivation will grow, as golf gives me the perfect opportunity to teach him alot about life (and learn a lot in the process). It gave me such a charge to see a kid get so passionate about something other than the new Iphone! haha.
I want to gauge his interest for a few months, and ensure that his passion for golf will endure. If so, I would like to get him set up with a set of clubs that fit him better. He will likely out grow these clubs in the next few years. Due to this, I want to get him a set that is cost effective but will allow him to build a good foundation for his game.
What are some good cost effective junior golf sets? Should I have him fitted? Should I allow extra shaft length for when he grows? I am sure many of you have mentored young golfer's. I would be grateful for any tips and considerations you can provide. Based on my experience in golf and his enthusiasm, I think there could be potential for great progress. Your experience will be a great help to me! Thanks in advance for advice moving forward.