I've been reading this forum for a while and I've decided to finally post. I'm a very high handicapper still learning to play the game. I started playing a several years ago to get out on the course with old friends, hack around, and have a good time. I bought a cheap set of "Knight" clubs from Walmart because I new I was going to beat them to heck. Now, however, I'm finally reaching a point in my career where I'll have a little more time to take the game more seriously. I've improved to some degree, but still have a ways to go. However, I often feel a bit embarrassed carrying these around, especially when I'm traveling or meeting new people from work. I just got a bonus and I think its time to upgrade from my old Walmart clubs. I don't want to go $1000+, but I want to buy a set that will last me for years to come as I take lessons, practice regularly, and improve. I've basically narrowed it down to four options (plus a fifth from you guys):
1) Giga Golf custom set - A friend of mine (very tall guy) plays with a custom set from these guys and loves them. I know they aren't "sexy," but they do seem to be pretty affordable for a custom set. I've read a lot of good reviews on the quality of their clubs and customer service. Although they are somewhat controversial, there does seem to be quite a few people that live and die with these. Custom sets interest me to some degree because I'm a shorter guy (5'6") and I wonder if having a more custom fit would be good for me.
2) Callaway Warbird set (on sale at Rockbottomgolf.com for $699.99) - From what I've read, these have a high degree of forgiveness (also important to me at this point). I've supplemented my original Walmart clubs with a couple Callaway X-series Fairway woods and loved them and would be interested in more from Callaway. Obviously, Callaway has a great reputation and produces high quality clubs. I imagine I could be carrying these for a long time.
3) Adam Tight Lies set (on sale multiple places for $399) - I've heard some good things about Adams as a mid-quality producer. These would be a cheaper option, but I don't see myself adding additional Adams clubs to my bag down the line. Definitely an upgrade over my Walmart clubs, but probably something I'd change again if I started consistently hitting much better.
4) Used clubs from Callway Pre-owned - I priced out a set of X-22 irons, a driver, another fairway wood (same make as my previous fairway wood purchase), some hybrids, and a bag. These would cost within my price range, especially if I leave off wedges (I have a Taylormade Burner Sand wedge and Lob wedge) and a putter (I actually like my Walmart putter. My putting is my best game - I very rarely require more than 2 puts). It appears that Callaway will change the shaft length for a price, so these could be customized as well. This would be a bag to grow with, as I could add additional clubs down the line (replacing putter or wedges to match, for example).
5) Another option you guys would recommend.
I'm taking my time with this. I plan to go demo various sets to make sure one of these is what I want. I also plan to spend some money on more lessons either later this summer or in the spring. Let me know what you guys think. Thank you ahead of time for your help!