Limit Your Investment
The United States Golf Association, golf's governing body, limits the number of clubs in your bag to 14. However, when you are starting out, consider carrying fewer clubs. For instance, long irons can be very difficult for a beginner to use, so you might want to replace them with hybrid clubs, crosses between woods and irons. Start out with a 5 through 9 iron, a wedge for close-in shots and a putter. Carry a group of 4-5 metal woods and hybrid clubs for hitting the ball a longer distance. As your game improves, add to your clubs as you see fit.
There are two types of shafts, steel and graphite. While steel shafts are less expensive, they are heavier and more difficult to swing. Because graphite shafts are lighter, they will enable you to swing faster and gain greater distance. Shafts are narrowed down even further based on how much they will bend during your swing. Because you will tend to have a slower swing as a beginner, start out with a Ladies shaft that bends the most when you hit the ball--it will add power to your swing.
Club heads come in steel, titanium or some combination of each metal. Titanium heads are much lighter, so they can be larger and have an expanded "sweet spot," the area on the club face that produces the best shots. As as beginner, you probably mishit a lot of shots by topping the golf ball or hitting it somewhere on the club face other than the sweet spot. With a larger sweet spot on a titanium golf club, you will cut down on those shots. If you can't seem to get the golf ball off the ground with your driver, find one whose face has more loft. Some drivers have as much as 15 degrees loft, which is perfect if you're having this problem.