@Jacob_Miller118First and most importantly, go for a fitting. Second: figure your price range. Great used sets are available on Callaway Pre Owned and buying used or new from Callaway earns you reward points. Third: have fun playing!!
@Jacob_Miller118 the best answer is to go to a club fitter and go through the process. The other answer is to learn as you go like I did and make it way more expensive than it needs to be.
Honestly though you should be able to evaluate yourself honestly and know which types of clubs you should play. I'd you don't know that answer then you don't know enough about clubs to make an informed decision so you should go get fit instead.
I strongly recommend going for a fitting. In many instances, if you purchase the clubs from the person doing the fitting, they either waive the fitting cost or significantly discount it. It is worth doing. I have been fitted for my last few sets of clubs and it definitely changed what I thought I needed/wanted vs what I really needed.
Also recommend a good fitter.
But when i started looking I went to the local large golf shop and asked for every 7i they had (being a lefty it was only about 7).
Hit each clubs with 2-3 balls. Put them in 2 piles - A and B. Do this without looking at the brand if you can.
If it felt good pile A, if not pile B. Then do that again with pile A until you are down to 1-2 clubs.
If you've got a PXG and a Callaway Steelhead left then maybe the wallet decides.
Do this a couple times (good for a rainy day) and get a couple choices to bring to a fitter.
Should be fun.
I’d also suggest getting fitted, even if you don’t want to spend money on it, most brands today offer free fittings for their clubs. Book a two or three brands and take a picture of your results with each and compare numbers and which one you personally liked better. It’s hard to just look at off the shelf demo irons today because there are so many shaft options with different launch angles, weight and flex points. I definitely noticed a difference when I was fitted for the proper shaft, a few yards more flight and a better balance of spin and peak height. Mixed with a better dispersion, but everyone swing is different so a shaft that works for me might not work for you. Titleist does fittings for free that you can book online every Thursday by me, callaway allows you to book a fitting at one of their demo days for free. Pxg also does a free fitting which is extremely good since their van has so many shaft options and they usually use a pga certified pro/fitter, but I warn you their irons are very nice but costly. Booking one just assures you some personal time with the rep and the trackman.
Through the years I have undergone many types of "fittings". The first many years ago was the head pro at a club where I was a member had me hit off a lie board than after deciding what my lie was, proceeded to hand me seven irons with different shafts/lengths and hit balls on the range until I was happy with the ball flight. This fitting served me for many years and when I was ready for a new set of irons I would usually attend a demo day with the vendor of my choice. There would usually be a trackman set up and after looking at my clubs in the bag I would again hit balls on the range and pick the shaft/lie combo that I hit the best. The vendor in this type of situation is like a waiter in a busy restaurant trying to help several golfers at the same time. I felt like I needed to hurry up and get my business over with so the next golfer could have his try. Another type of fitting I have done is at a big box store where you would call and make a reservation for a 30 minute time frame with a vendor rep that would be on site on a certain day. The 30 minute time went by very fast and the rep spent the whole time having me try different lie/shaft combinations along with hitting tape placed on the face of the club to see how consistent I struck the ball. The big box store had some kind of doplar radar where you could see your ball flight and it generated data on spin, etc. Then my last fitting that was done for irons was two years ago at a certified PGA fitter. There was a small fee charged for the fitters time and you paid it whether you bought clubs from him or not. I was given a data print out that consisted of 10 to 12 pages. With this data I could order clubs from anyone but the fitter also said he would match the price with anyone. I was encouraged to hit about 30 or 40 balls to warm up and feel comfortable. The initial fitting was done indoors with a Flightscope. I would hit balls with my current clubs starting with my driver and working down through the bag with my 3W, 6 iron and 3 hybrid. I spent well over an hour trying different model of clubs and shaft lengths/lies/flex and generating data with all of them. When I was done I was very satisfied that I had found new clubs that I hit further with better consistent patterns. I was shocked to find out that I had probably been playing for years the wrong lie setting and also the wrong shaft flex. I went from a 2 degree upright to 3 degree and from a stiff steel to a "A" or senior graphite flex shaft. Another shocking thing was that I went to this fitter to get the latest iron from a manufacture that I had played for 20 years and ended up with Callaway. I now know before I buy another set of iron/hybrids I will see this fitter again for another session. It is a no brainer if you are serious about playing your best golf.