Originally Posted by njbil
I'm 6'5" and have an additional 1" of length on my clubs. At 6'1" you should be ok with a standard set.
Look for irons with the cavity back and not the old fashoned "blades" as they are more forgiving.
I'd also shell out the extra for graphite shafts as a duffer.
As far as the driver, the more loft the more forgiving. I don't even use one though. The 20 or so yards I sacrafice hitting a 3 wood off the tee is well worth it when the ball is still on the fairway.
Hey I'm 6'5" and got 1" extra length.
I swing to hard so there is no reason why I will ever use a graphite shaft.
For your first set though I wouldn't get anything other then steel shafts. The main thing is having the correct shaft length and shaft flex. If you swing hard and have quick tempo to your swing (say you swing 85+ mph) then you definetly want a stiff shaft.
Personally I have a 1" extra shaft and swing about 92 mph but I'm trying to slow down my tempo a bit.
For a good read if you are really interested look into getting Hogan's Five Fundamentals of Golf. That might not be the exact title but it should be something similar. Shouldn't cost you more then 10 bucks. It will help with a lot of the basics that so many newbs, including myself, get completely wrong without dishing out the bucks for a professional lesson.
Oh...Practice, practice, practice.