I’m originally from South Wales – my father was a scratch left hander, my mother also a left hander shot in the low eighties consistently. I started playing Golf at the age of 12 (I’m a right hander), my father would never play with me – explained it would hurt his game and just frustrate me – he did give me this advice.
If you are not going to be a serious golfer, and just play as a social thing to do with friends and business associates – don’t try to play with a full set of clubs, trying to pick the right club to play a specific shot ruins more games for the casual golfer than anything else.
This was his recommendation, A Three Wood For Tee Shot & Fairway On Long Holes, A 5 Iron, 7 Iron, 9 Iron, Sand Wedge & Putter (6 Clubs Total), become proficient with each of those clubs – you will be able to play with 95% of the people who play the game of golf for social reasons.
He also advised me on course management and putting, how to play a given shot on a specific hole depending on your distance and accuracy with each club, lay up – or go for it, and how to check my putting path to the hole depending on surface variations of ball rolls to left or right – and speed to stay on proper course to reach the hole.
So there are many ways to play the game, but the way that I was taught was both helpful throughout my lifetime and gave the game a sentimental feel.