Most often, junior golfers are playing with clubs that are too long and heavy for their small frames. This prevents our youth from being able to create enough swing speed to send the ball a reasonable distance.

With this perspective, we at SCGA Junior decided to take matters into our own hands to do what we can to make sure that everyone in our programs has affordable access to properly fitted golf equipment by revamping the SCGA Junior Equipment Program.

The first event since restarting the program was a club fitting day at Don Knabe GC and Pico Rivera GC. At the event, 50 Juniors were fitted into U.S. Kids golf clubs for their physical profile. Twenty of the Juniors who were fit applied for need based financial assistance, where if applied for would automatically qualify for 20 percent off and if approved they would get a total of 90 percent off.

Due in part to the success of the first event, SCGA Junior held its second club fitting day on Saturday, Feb. 24 at both Don Knabe GC and Pico Rivera GC with additional options available from U.S. Kids Tour and Wilson. This event was fully booked to fit 64 Juniors in four hours, which factors out to an amazingly efficient eight fittings per hour between the two facilities.

“When kids are playing with the proper sized equipment,” said SCGA Junior Instructor Eric Koscielak. “Golf becomes more fun and a little easier to play, which leads to more rounds of golf played and more smiles to be had.”

The next fitting day for the Junior Equipment program is currently being planned to be held in the San Diego area for the middle of April.