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Cobra KING Jr set review: a caution

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Good stuff.  I think the true problem isn't that the clubs are heavy, but that they are marketed to an age range and not a height.  On top of that, it is an age range of 3 years (5 to 8 ) which is a big time of growth for kids.

To say a 5 year old can swing the same clubs as an 8 year old is foolish.  And what about a smaller 5 year old vs a larger 8 year old?

Cobra has a fantastic Junior Driver  that is made by cobra and they even run a shaft upgrade program, so I wouldn't worry about those clubs at all.  https://www.cobragolf.com/junior-shaft-upgrade

I would be skeptical of any golf clubs that are marketed to a specific age range vs a specific height

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1 hour ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

 

I should issue one clarification: I'm here reviewing the set that the box lists from ages 5–8. There is a set of Cobra KING Jr clubs for older kids as well. Examining the stock photos, it looks like the older kids' set may well be using the same heads as they use for the younger kids' clubs, and those may be the right size and weight for older kids.

 

Curious if the weight is the same on both sets. 

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My son has the set designed for older kids and he loves it. So much so that he’s loathe to give it up even though he’s now too tall for it.

IMO, and based on experience, US Kids clubs are far better built and designed than a boxed set designed to be sold at a big box store. Those sets are purely there to capture Rickie fans. I think that’s incredibly smart. However I wouldn’t expect them to have the same build quality as those of US Kids or the junior Callaway sets they offer. You get what you pay for.


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17 hours ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

But if your junior player is serious about his game, and you're looking for a set of serious kids' golf clubs, I'm convinced your money would be best spent elsewhere.

I found this information to be useful. I've been collecting many sets of jr. clubs for our First Tee program. Although our goal isn't to churn-out competitive golfers it's still important that the kids have decent equipment. Most of the sets I've been given are various sets/sizes of US Kids brand. I do have one Cobra set and a couple of Callaway sets. I've thought at times about acquiring a few more sets by TopFlight or others but was concerned about the quality. Doesn't Ping make Jr.s sets also?

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Thanks for this very insightful post.  My 5 year old is just getting into golf and we're looking at purchasing a new set for him.  Right now he's using some clubs we found at the local Goodwill because they were the right size and didn't cost much since we didn't know if he'd want to keep playing golf.  We've now gone out to the course 4 straight Sundays and he absolutely loves hitting driver off the tee, dropping a ball near my drive to hit an iron, and then taking his iron and putter out once we get to the green.

I've been looking at the US Kids sets a lot but my course also sells Epec golf clubs.  Apparently you can buy different shafts and club head weights at a cheaper cost each year to make sure they always have something that fits them properly.  Considering how much kids grow from year to year this seems like it may be a great option.

@GolfSpy MPR, being that you seem to be taking the mantle as the MGS kid's club expert, have you ever heard of Epec and if so what are your thoughts?

https://epecgolf.com/

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I’ll be in your shoes soon enough. I’m planning on building my daughter her first set. My grandfather built mine and I’d love to use his tools and workbench to pass it forward.

Thanks for sharing


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Nice write up.  My younger daughter has a set of Callaway clubs and they work good for her at age 8.  The weights were very consistent and the swing weights were on the lighter end.  My older daughter is on her second set of US Kids clubs and they are great for her.  My 13 year old son is using a mix of adult clubs and kids clubs right now but will be fully in adult clubs by next year.  For the money the US Kids line is very good and affordable and if your junior is serious about the game the US Kids TS series is really good but on the pricey end.  I think my sons last set was around $700 for a full set.

As a side note, the customer service for US Kids is not exactly the greatest.  My son cracked is US Kids TS driver hitting a tee shot and they would not warranty it (only had it for a month).  They said there was no way it happened during a normal round and it was not their issue.  Also, their "free club" offer is a bit misleading as they only give you a credit towards additional clubs that does not come close to covering the cost.  I think I paid about 70% of the cost for the wedges that I got for my son from them.

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My kids used US Kids and I had no complaints. We bought a fee at a time but they were excellent quality - from clubs to bags to towels - all of it was outstanding. Ping has some really great clubs for kids too - Prodi G. I'm looking to by for grandkids now but I can't say enough good things about US Kids.


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Holy s***... the little guy with just a t-shirt out in the snow 😄

Thanks for sharing! My daughter is 4.5 and using the beginner US Kids set (driver, iron, putter). I'm still looking for her next upgrade.

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On 7/9/2019 at 10:27 AM, Bucky CC said:

Thanks for this very insightful post.  My 5 year old is just getting into golf and we're looking at purchasing a new set for him.  Right now he's using some clubs we found at the local Goodwill because they were the right size and didn't cost much since we didn't know if he'd want to keep playing golf.  We've now gone out to the course 4 straight Sundays and he absolutely loves hitting driver off the tee, dropping a ball near my drive to hit an iron, and then taking his iron and putter out once we get to the green.

I've been looking at the US Kids sets a lot but my course also sells Epec golf clubs.  Apparently you can buy different shafts and club head weights at a cheaper cost each year to make sure they always have something that fits them properly.  Considering how much kids grow from year to year this seems like it may be a great option.

@GolfSpy MPR, being that you seem to be taking the mantle as the MGS kid's club expert, have you ever heard of Epec and if so what are your thoughts?

https://epecgolf.com/

@Bucky CC: interesting that you should ask about Epec. Someone on Twitter mentioned them as well, and I just assumed they had misspelled "Epic," that it was a set of junior clubs from Callaway. Browsing their website, their idea is certainly intriguing. I wish that the club specs on the website included the weight of the club. Obviously, I'm a bit jaded from my experience with the Cobras, but that is now one of the key things I'll be looking at with any kids' clubs.

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10 hours ago, GolfSpy MPR said:

@Bucky CC: interesting that you should ask about Epec. Someone on Twitter mentioned them as well, and I just assumed they had misspelled "Epic," that it was a set of junior clubs from Callaway. Browsing their website, their idea is certainly intriguing. I wish that the club specs on the website included the weight of the club. Obviously, I'm a bit jaded from my experience with the Cobras, but that is now one of the key things I'll be looking at with any kids' clubs.

By the way, tell Kirke he has a nice hat.  I bought the exact same one for the Cobra Connect Challenge.

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Going back to the EPEC clubs, one of the kids that does Summer golf camps with my son has the EPEC clubs and hits them really well. They seem like a good option. I just wish I would have known about them when my son was younger. With his height, he'll be playing all adult clubs in a couple of years, so it wouldn't be worth the investment at this point. Your son has a great swing btw.

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