To start out you need at least one golf club, preferably a five, six or seven iron. If possible buy kids’ clubs but they can be expensive. A cheaper way is to buy an adult club and have it cut down to size. Because the balance of a golf club is important, and because the cut-down club will need a new grip, this can only be done by a pro. Make sure the club you choose is right-handed if you are right-handed or left-handed if you are a leftie.

Both boys and girls should start out with lady’s clubs which is light and easy to swing. A good place to look for a club to cut down is in the bargain barrel. Most professionals will have one in their shops and here you will find used clubs. Ask the pro’s advice and ask him much it will cost to buy the club, have it cut down and fitted with a new grip. You will be pleasantly surprised at how helpful the pro will be if you tell him it is your first club. Many pros will charge only for the cost of the materials to help you get started. Costs vary but you should expect to spend between $10 and $20 for your first club.

You will need some golf balls. To have a hit at home, get yourself some holey plastic practise balls which cost about $2 for a packet of six ( or ask the pro if he will throw in a packet free if you buy your club from him). When buying real balls, price is the main consideration for young players. New balls range from about $1.50 to $6 each. Reject balls, called cross-outs because they have xxxxx printed over the brand name, are good value and about half the price of new balls. Second-hand balls are cheaper again and there is nothing wrong with them. Another good ball for practice is sold by the Australia Golf Union. The good thing about them is that they were designed just for kids and are available only in Australia. You can hit them hard in the backyard and while they spin and perform like real balls, they do not travel as far.