This article is from the Golf FAQ, by marcelo@nntpserver.Princeton.EDU (Marcelo A. Gallardo) with numerous contributions by others.
Well, you could start by sitting down and reading through this
document. By honestly judging your abilities, you may be able to decide
if you need peripherally weighted or muscleback clubs. For more
information regarding the characteristics of clubs, download the Club
Design notes from dunkin.Princeton.EDU. The notes are primarily
intended for clubmakers, but the information contained in the notes can
make you a much smarter shopper.
The next logical step is deciding on how much money you want to or are
willing to spend for new clubs. Keep this number in mind when your
shopping for new clubs, if you don't you could wind up spending much
more than you planned on.
Once you have an idea of what type of clubs you want and how much you
plan on spending, go down to your local golf shop or club and try to
hit a few clubs. If your allowed, try to play a round or two with demo
sets. By actually using the clubs in a "golf round" situation, you may
be able to decide if the clubs look, feel, and play the way you would
like them to. If you feel uncomfortable with the clubs don't buy them -
just because your golfing buddy swears by XYZ, doesn't mean you should
If after doing the above, you still can't decide for yourself, go see a
local professional or clubmaker and ask for some help. Either should be
more than willing to help you make a well informed decision.