The number one wood, or the driver, is one of the most difficult clubs in the golf bag for beginners to learn how to hit well because it is the longest club in the bag and has the flattest face (least loft) of any club short of the putter.
As a beginning golfer, you should be looking for a "game improvement" or "super game improvement" club that maximizes the forgiveness of the club. Consider a club with more loft (10.5 to 12 degrees), as more loft equals more forgiveness. Also, a larger clubhead (USGA maximum is 460cc) usually means a larger sweet spot. Low-spin characteristics allow the ball to fly higher and straighter. Three clubs to consider in this category for enthusiastic, committed beginners are the Cobra Fly-Z, the Callaway XR and the Ping G25.