Originally Posted by School Yard Pro
While I agree on "upgrading your swing".. I believe the most important club in the bag, and the one worth dropping $$$ on is the putter.
spending a lot of money on a putter may or may not be the right course of action. Iacas recommends the Eidel fitting process for selecting a putter. This gives you exactly what is right for your stroke. When you are first starting out, you don't have a putting stroke just yet. Most new players will try lots of different approaches, and eventually find something that they are comfortable with. So you might end up spending $400 on a putter that works on a flawed stroke, fix the stroke and end up with the wrong equipment.
Spend money learning what you look like as a golfer, then fit equipment to that player. When people are first starting, they can learn the appropriate way to swing a golf club. Too many people buy clubs, get some help from friends, get bad habits, and then have to spend lots of money to break those bad habits later.
If you don't have money to spend on lessons, lots of people have found that Ben Hogan's five lessons book is a GREAT start. That combined with regular visits to TST will likely give you a great foundation.
So to the Original poster. If I were to tell you what is the FIRST peace of your golf bag to upgrade it would be you.