Ping Prodi G Junior Set Review

The Ping Prodi G Junior Set has been chosen for our Editor's Choice List in 2021.

Ping Prodi G Junior Set Review
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Ping Prodi G Junior Set Review

In the same way that high quality golf equipment can help adults improve the quality of their ball striking, the same must be true for juniors. As you would expect, PING takes this area of its product range very seriously and in the Prodi G line, the brand offers many of the same technologies you’ll find at play within its headline products, such as the PING G425 driver

Custom-engineered to fit golfers aged 7-13 and between 4' 5" and 5' 2", they’re designed to help young players get the most enjoyment from the game.

PING Prodi G driver

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To help with the testing process here I enlisted my son - a keen, fledgling 9 year-old golfer with a handicap of 36. Having started playing regularly over the last year, including getting weekly lessons, he’s developed a genuine interest and enjoyment for the game. 

The first thing to say is that he immediately fell in love with the way the clubs look. The matt black finish and turbulators (with dragonfly technology) on the crown of the woods in particular were a real hit. In truth the whole set has a smart, professional green and black appearance that both parents and their children will enjoy. 

We noticed an immediate jump in distance versus the assortment of different clubs he’d used previously.  Without having to swing the club too fast (and lose control), he was able to find some extra flight and more distance both in terms of carry and roll. Of course, this added power ended up encouraging him to swing even faster and that caused a few issues with the strike but that’s all part of the journey every golfer needs to navigate. The best shots he’s hit have produced very impressive results and the encouragement he’s gained from this has been superb. 

Ping Prodi G Junior Set testing

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Our set make-up features an 22˚ 5-wood. This has become his favourite club in the line-up. Easy to hit from the tee and off the fairway, he’s been able to use this to hit some of the greens that were previously out of reach - always a good milestone!

The irons have a similar look and shape to what you’ll find from the current PING G425 model, albeit with a darker finish. These have been noticeably more forgiving than his previous irons and this, combined with the lightweight shafts have helped him improve the flight of his iron shots. 

Ping Prodi G putter

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The premium look and feel of the set extends into the short game too. The VOSS putter has a classic Anser shape and the 56˚ wedge has the same familiar look you’ll find with the Glide 2.0 model. As my son develops his short game, clearly these clubs will come into their own.

For us, one of the biggest plus points of the PING Prodi G offering, you might be surprised to hear, is the bag. It is a compact stand bag but crucially it is big enough to sit on a trolley. In my experience, a trolley can really help a younger golfer get round the course and this bag has all the storage he needs without being too bulky or cumbersome to manoeuvre. 

In my experience, the best golf club sets tend to come with well-made bags and this is evidence of that.

Value For Money

There’s another reason why we rate the Prodi G among the best golf club sets for kids. Ping has looked to address the frustration around the limited lifespan of junior golf clubs by offering a no-charge club adjustment service with the range.

When you buy five or more clubs in one transaction you are entitled to a one-time, no-charge service to have the clubs re-shafted or lengthened, re-weighted, and re-gripped at Ping to optimise performance as the golfer grows. This alone earned this package set a place in our Editor's Choice awards for 2023.

So, whilst making up a set can be a little expensive, initially, you are effectively getting two sets of clubs for the price of one – a major plus if your children get hooked on the game.

Neil Tappin

In July 2023, Neil became just the 9th editor in Golf Monthly's 112-year history. Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he has also presented many Golf Monthly videos looking at all areas of the game from Tour player interviews to the rules of golf. 

Throughout his time with the brand he has also covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points. 

Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSR2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons: PING Blueprint S (4&5), PING Blueprint T (6-PW) Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X