So, as I mentioned in my "Welcome" post, I am looking into a new set of clubs. I haven't gotten any since about 2006, but those clubs got stolen, so the only clubs I have now are a set I got when I was 13. The trouble is, I am not too sure on what I should be aiming for here. It has been so long since I golfed with any regularity that the specifics for my style are a great unknown, and while I will likely need to go practice at some point, I mostly have to use Internet research to answer questions.
There are some of the basic things I could use some input on. I mostly know the answer to the circumstances with things, but not 100% how they pertain to me. Some of those questions:
--Is there a big difference between steel and graphite? Is it generally worth the money for the graphite?
--I definitely do not have a fast swing. As such, is the Regular Flex the best bet for me, or does going Stiff Flex offer any kind of advantage?
--Are there generally brands I should, either due to quality or excessive name brand pricing (like and Apple of club makers)?
--Is buying used beneficial/detrimental, beyond price? Are there reputable dealers I should stick to if I consider used, or general guidelines for used club evaluation?
--Considering I am something in the 6'3"-6'4" area, I will likely need longer shafts than are standard. Are extensions functional for this, or should I spend extra on new shafts, and what are the expected prices of each?
Now, I am also a bit torn on how I want to approach purchasing clubs. I could go with buying a full set with a bag. I could also go with buying an iron set, a putter, and either a 3W and a 5W or a 3W and a 3H (as most iron sets have no 3i and I'm not fond of using a driver). I'm obviously in the "beginner" realm here, despite having golfed for about 3-5 years in the past, so getting a top-end set is not what I am looking to do. Still, I would prefer to have these last 5+ years for me, and I will hopefully be able to use them every week or two.
So, all of that stuff said, there are a few sets I have looked at on the irons front, and I'd like a little input from folks. I have mostly looked at the cheaper end of the TaylorMade irons, checking out the Burner Plus, Burner 2.0, and RocketBallz (the green ones) sets. They varied from $300-450, which is about the price range I'd want to keep it around with the irons. I also looked at Mizuno, Cobra, and Callaway a little, but did not have any models stick in my mind. Just kind of wondering what the folks here think about the TaylorMade iron sets, and if there are maybe superior alternatives in that same price range.
Any input from anyone is appreciated, and I'll certainly try to answer any questions as best I can.