i'm still relatively new to the sport. i believe that just about every major manufacturer has both "tour" clubs (for better players) and "game improvement" clubs (for guys like you and me). the cool thing about golf is that the 2nd hand market is ENORMOUS. there are guys/gals that trade out equipment on an annual basis. this means that you can get your hands on stuff that was deemed in 2011 or 2012 as "the best ever" FOR CHEAP.
or you can get some clubs from around 2008-2010 for next to nothing. my iron set is a Callaway Fusion set (circa 2006?), and they work fine. (i spent 150 bucks on the irons and wedges). i have a Callaway FT9 driver ($40). i have an Odyssey White Hot #9 putter ($30). for roughly 200 bucks, i got a pretty decent starter set. i got everything from craigslist. as i get better, i will invest in some newer clubs. at this point, these irons work great for me.
i'm a craigslist beast! download the craigslist app to your iphone/android and it will make searching even easier! if you have questions on a particular model, google them or check on this website (using the search feature). there is a boatload of info available (maybe too much!)
hit em straight bro