Cleveland Golf Junior Set Review

In this Cleveland Golf Junior set review, we find out what you get in terms of performance and aesthetics for your money

Cleveland Golf Junior Set Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

Combining aspirational looks with user-friendly performance, this kids set is a great option for younger golfers who are looking to improve.

Reasons to buy
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    Stylish, exciting aesthetics

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    Easy to hit

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    Good value

Reasons to avoid
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    No putter headcover

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For any budding junior golfer, there comes a time when it makes sense to invest in good quality golf equipment. The technology developed by the big brands to make their premium products easier to use is available within some of the best golf club sets for kids. The latest addition to this important part of the market is from Cleveland Golf. 

The brand offers its’ junior set in three different sizes - small (three clubs), medium (six clubs) and large (seven clubs). It also comes with a smart, stylish carry bag. We wanted to see how it performed so I took my son to the course (a 35-handicap 9 year-old who has played regularly for the last year) with the largest seven club set to find out. 

Cleveland junior set testing

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The first thing to talk about is the overall aesthetics. It might seem like a minor point but the bag alone gets this set off to a great start. The styling is colorful and modern (my son loved it) and it is big enough to store anything you might need for the course - without being too big and cumbersome. Whilst it is a stand bag that has undoubtedly been designed to carry, it can also sit comfortably on a trolley. There is no strap to hold the stand back in this scenario but we had no problem with it getting in the way.

Cleveland junior set driver

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The set composition makes sense too. In the make-up we tested there are three metalwoods (18˚ driver, 22˚ fairway wood and 28˚ hybrid) all of which have plenty of loft which is highlighted nicely by the black crown and silver face combination. What I thought was quite clever here was that Cleveland has positioned its logo in the center of the face providing a clear target to aim for. In particular, my son loved the high-flighted hybrid shots he was able to hit. 

There are lightweight graphite shafts throughout the set which seemed to make the clubs fairly easy to swing. In truth, they were a fraction long for my son (the advised age range for the large set is 10-12) but by gripping down he was able to generate a good flight throughout the bag. 

Cleveland junior set iron address

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As you’d expect from Cleveland, the irons and wedge both have a beautiful shape down behind the ball. This helps add a premium look and feel to the set as a whole. Likewise with the putter, you get a very smart center-shafted mid-mallet with a grey finish and single black-line alignment aid. 

Cleveland junior set putter

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All the components were of a high quality, had an aspirational look and user-friendly performance. When you consider the price of the set we tested ($349.99), this represents excellent value for money.  

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