There are two ways to outfit a youngster who is just learning to play golf. You can give him dad's old clubs, cut down to fit him, or buy junior-sized clubs. Either method can be effective—depending on the age and size of the child. Two important points must be kept in mind. First, a child should begin with a club that he can manage with ease, otherwise he will have difficulty learning a rhythmic, sound swing. Second, he should start using adult clubs—either cut down or light ones—as soon as he is able to handle them, otherwise the eventual transition may be a difficult one. I advise the following: if the beginner is 10 or younger he should definitely use junior clubs. They are light, short and balanced to fit someone who is light and short. These are the clubs with which he should learn the fundamentals. As soon as he shows some proficiency with these he should start swinging adult clubs cut down to fit his height. This will probably happen at about age 11 or 12. After he has played for a while with cut-down adult clubs and has grown a little taller, he will find the change to full-length clubs an easy one.