One of the lead designers of the Accu-Length clubs was Ernie Vadersen, President of Vadersen Design Group, and the founder of Snake Eyes Golf (a brand now owned by Golfsmith).
"It is the most unique product I have ever worked on," said Vadersen. "This is the first truly extendable club that was designed for the junior player. When I got into the picture, I said to them that the only way I would do it is if you allow me to design something that is extremely first-class because I'm known for quality golf clubs. I'm not going to design a pot metal head with some cut off shaft to jab into it and have some floozy type of golf club. They said that's not what they want. We want the best."
The "we" in question is On-Track Sports, LLC, the parent company of Accu-Length.
The 1000, 2000 and 3000 series come with a wood, 7-iron, pitching wedge and putter. The 500 series is the same, except that the pitching wedge is optional. All sets include a dual-strap stand bag (whose colors match the series color) that also grows as the clubs in it are lengthened; an instructional CD-ROM; 12 1-inch spacers; assembly tools and locking screws; a pouch that holds the spacers, tools and screws; and a sizing chart for proper fitting.
Optional clubs, sold separately, include a high-lofted driver and a 5-iron.
The 500 Series carries an MSRP of $139.99; the other three series, $199.99.
We took an Accu-Length set to one of the strongest junior golf programs in our area, and left it with the program instructors for a month.
Their conclusion: The Accu-Length clubs are big-time winners. "It's a fantastic idea," one junior instructor said. "I've really enjoyed using them, and I think they are a good investment for the parents of any young golfer."
The instructors told us that the clubs are high-quality to begin with, regardless of the spacer technology. But throw in the spacers, and you've got something even better.
"Parents should save money over the long run with these," one pro said. "We sell other junior sets that come with the same basic components (4 clubs and a bag) for around $130. These are more expensive, but they last a lot longer because they are expandable."
Inserting spacers is very easy, the pros said, and clubs feel very solid after spacers are inserted. The only complaint: some felt the Accu-Length clubs were a bit on the heavy side for younger players in the size ranges listed - but that's an issue that solves itself as the child grows.
Overall, the Accu-Length clubs proved a major hit.