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Op, try eBay ... I bought my wife a decent beginner (full set) there for a reasonable price. She's right handed however there were plenty of choices ... I bet you could find some in lefty.
Otherwise try Craigslist or something for used clubs.
Bad idea. Find a used women's set - or a new set - at a golf shop. Let her hit the clubs to see if they fit her.
blaylock, get her a lesson or two so she knows what to do. It's a bit late in the year for golf clinics, but individual lessons might help.
Some details on women's clubs: In the early 2000s, the golf OEMs started doing golf club design specifically for women. Some women who are taller and/or have a softball background can play with R-flex clubs. But, they are in a minority.
The average woman needs help getting the ball airborne. More flexible shafts help. Also, women tend to have less clubhead speed, giving them less distance separation between irons. So, some sets run 7, 9, SW, and skip the in between irons. See WSJ article by Timothy J. Carroll for more info: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB121372702050581575.html
And as women's clothing has petite lines, so do women's clubs. The petites are for women 5-foot-2 and under, and have shafts an inch shorter than standard women's; lie angles are also flatter. A site for women's petite clubs: http://www.livestrong.com/article/376194-the-best-womens-petite-golf-clubs/
Goto a sporting goods store, you can buy like a top flight or acuity set for like $150 bucks bag and all. You can also get a Maxfli set for around $250-$300. I know a few ladies who have been golfing for years and are still using their Maxfli sets, not bad clubs.
To add to stats on women's clubs:
- weaker shaft flex
- considerably shorter shafts
- different lofts
- different gaps in lofts
- more hybrids such as 4,5,&6
- deaper cavities
Much different sets....
All of the above is good advice, flex, length, loft, but what I think is the most important part is swing weight. Men's SW is typically D-0 and down, most men's clubs are D-4. Women's clubs are typically C-8 and up. Taking a inch off a D-4 could bring the SW down to about a D-1 or so but the static weight will still feel heavy. To me, lighter heads, shafts and grips are the way to go for most petite women.