I'm currently looking for a new set for myself and my wife. Both of us are in our late 40s and we are about to become empty nesters, so we expect to have more time available. I'm a total newb though, never played golf seriously, and only went to the range few times with zero success. :) My wife on the other hand, played few years in the past, so she can hit but she wants to improve as well. We are both quote short - 5'5" for me, and 5'3" for my wife. I do play other sports such as table tennis (very seriously) and other racket sports.
Given this, what would be a sensible way to start? I'd like to stay below $1k as a budget for the two setups and I am going to get some lessons initially. Your suggestions are much appreciated.