Review: TaylorMade Junior Set

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By Alex Perry Published: 18 April 2024 | Updated: 2 days ago
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Junior clubs with all the tech of the full-size versions? Count us in!

WHO IS IT FOR?

A junior golfer brand new to the sport or looking to take their game to the next level.

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PROS

  • All the same technology as TaylorMade's full-size clubs
  • Lightweight design perfect for junior golfers
  • Whole set looks great

CONS

  • Kids grow up too fast, don't they?

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Team TaylorMade Junior Set review

Everyone remembers their first golf club. Me? It was an Eye 2 iron that my grandfather had chopped down to my size. I would spend hours swinging away in the garden, or down at the local football field trying to hit balls as far as I could.

And I won’t be alone in having hand-me-downs to get started in golf. You may have a certain connection with that club, but they are almost always not right for you – and that can often detrimental to your enjoyment of the game.

TaylorMade’s previous junior offering was limited to just two sizes and were, in the words of the brand’s global product manager Chandler Carr, “too long and too heavy”.

So the brand has looked to fix that with its new unisex Team TaylorMade Junior Set for 2024. There are three options now, Size 1, which caters for ages 4-6, Size 2, for ages 7-9, and Size 3, for ages 10-12.

The Size 1 set features four clubs – a fairway wood, 7-iron, wedge and putter – while Size 2 adds a driver to the mix and Size 3 adds a hybrid and a 9-iron. All three sets come with a waterproof and – perhaps more importantly – stain-resistant stand bag which features a large ball pocket, a bottle holder, and an adjustable double strap to make it easy to carry.

Not only that, each golfer gets to join Team TaylorMade, which enables them access to loads of cool features, including exclusive tips and tricks videos from the brand’s long list of tour staff players.

The First Look

Straight out of the box these are clearly a premium product – and isn’t that what we all want from our golf clubs, regardless of our age and gender?

TaylorMade have streamlined the whole range in a sharp blue and white look which, I’m sure you’ll agree, looks great.

Before we move on, have a flick through the images below…

TT Junior Set driver. (Credit: TaylorMade Golf) |

TT Junior Set fairway wood. (Credit: TaylorMade Golf) |

TT Junior Set hybrid. (Credit: TaylorMade Golf) |

TT Junior Set iron. (Credit: TaylorMade Golf) |

TT Junior Set wedge. (Credit: TaylorMade Golf) |

TT Junior Set putter. (Credit: TaylorMade Golf) |

TT Junior Set stand bag. (Credit: TaylorMade Golf) |

TT Junior Set full specs. (Credit: TaylorMade Golf) |

The Tech

The best thing about the Team TaylorMade Junior Set golf clubs? They are all engineered by the same people who make golf clubs for all your favourite players, from Tiger Woods to Nelly Korda, Rory McIlroy to Charley Hull.

So all that technology, such as the rear sole weight you see in the SIM, Stealth and Qi10 metalwoods of recent years, or the inverted cone shape of the Qi irons, is here, with an emphasis on flexible faces and a low centre of gravity.

“We wanted to utilise the same technologies, the same platform, the same recipe that goes into Tiger Woods’ driver to make a kid’s driver,” Carr explains. “So we have a 400cc titanium driver, with 17 degrees of loft, that has been designed and engineered to have the right weight, the shape, an easy-to-use super low CG to help get it in the air and make this club fun but also perform the best that we possibly can.”

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As for the irons, Carr says the low CG and lightweight components “make sure they are easy to swing to get the ball in the air and, ultimately, have fun”, while the putter is “super easy and fun to use”.

And, because they’re for children, each set has ultra-light heads, shafts and grips all designed to help developing golfers build better fundamentals.

For example, a stock TaylorMade P790 7-iron head is 270 grams, while the 7-iron in the Team TaylorMade Junior Sets weigh in between 205 and 258 grams. The putter, meanwhile, weighs 305 grams thanks to the way it’s engineered with hollowed-out sections of the sole. By comparison, the standard head weight of a TP blade putter is 350 grams. Even the grips are less than half the weight of a standard grip.

What’s more, all sets are available in right- and left-handed.

The bunkered Verdict

The Team TaylorMade Junior Set looks great and, more importantly, are the right size for kids! The fact they utilise the same technology as the full-size ranges is a lovely touch.

As anyone who has small children will know, golf is an incredibly difficult game in which to get them interested. My own kids, who are seven and five, have shown glimmers of hope – largely because my home office is filled with various bits and bobs they can play with.

So when a box arrived at my front door – as they so often do – and I said it was for them, they were very excited. We pulled it out, and I explained that they were golf clubs made specifically for people their size. They immediately wanted to go to the range and use them.

So we did.

And do you know what? We’ve been back every weekend since.

All in all this is an incredibly well thought-out set that will help young wannabe golfers on their way to becoming fully indulged in the sport like the rest of us. The three sizes mean they can progress at their own pace, and the sets represent very good value for money given what’s included.

Next stop: the golf course.

The Details

Available: Now
RRP:  £249 (Size 1); £399 (Size 2); £499 (Size 3)
More details: TaylorMade website

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Alex Perry is the Associate Editor of bunkered. A journalist for more than 20 years, he has been a golf industry stalwart for the majority of his career and, in a five-year spell at ESPN, covered every sporting event you can think of. He completed his own Grand Slam at the 2023 Masters, having fallen in love with the sport at his hometown club of Okehampton and on the links of nearby Bude & North Cornwall.

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