May 10th, 2016
TaylorMade Phenom Junior Set
Doing it for the kids
Words: Daniel Owen
Playing with golf clubs that are too heavy is no good for anyone. But when you’re a kid taking up the game for the first time, using a set of hand-me-downs can be really damaging. If the clubs are too heavy, kids will never be able to swing the club properly. And if they are too long, it can cause all sorts of John Dalyesque backswing problems.
TaylorMade know this and set about sorting it by making a proper set of clubs designed with juniors specifically in mind. If you want the kids to be alright, you’re going to have to get them a proper junior set. Enter the TaylorMade Phenom.
“Phenom sets are precision-engineered to provide the optimal lengths, weights, lofts and shaft flexes to promote proper swing mechanics for young golfers, says Tomo Bystedt, Sr. Director of Product Creation, TaylorMade Golf.
"Each Phenom set includes every club necessary to develop distance gapping while executing all types of shots from tee to green so juniors not only develop their skills but also their passion for the game.”
While not quite a full 460cc head (it would look massive on a short shaft) the Phenom driver is a 400cc titanium driver designed for the junior golfer. Right at the COR limits set by the R&A and USGA, this is a kids-size boomstick designed to make the ball go a long way.
The Phenom fairway wood features a stainless steel head with a low profile, low-CG design that will help the kids get the ball airborne off the tee or from the fairway. A larger head size adds forgiveness and promotes confidence at address.
The Rescue club features a stainless steel head design. Designed to be easy to launch and long, the Rescue will also help bridge the gap between a player's fairway wood and irons.
The Phenom irons are forgiving and feature plenty of offset to help square the face at impact, and help the user hit high, laser-straight shots. The multi-functional sole design aids easy playability from a variety of lies and turf conditions.
The putter is a face-balanced, centre-shafted mallet that has been designed for easy alignment and a soft, solid feel at impact. Heel-toe weighting delivers forgiveness on mis-hits, while the grip has been specially designed to promote optimum stability.
The sets all come with a dual strap, ultra lightweight stand bag, and are available in two sizes for different age groups.
K40 comes in a 6-piece set for golfers ages 5-8 (18” - 22” fingertips to floor) that includes a 400cc Titanium driver, Rescue, 7-iron, SW, putter and bag, and it retails at £249
K50 comes in an 8-piece set for golfers ranging from 9-12 years old (23” - 30” fingertips to floor) that includes a 400cc Titanium driver, fairway wood, Rescue, 7-iron, 9-iron, SW, putter and bag which cost £299