A lot of us started playing with a real set.
Three or four matching woods, including the driver.
Eight, Nine, or Ten matching irons, even if they were a different model from the woods, although often not.
Maybe we'd have an odd sand wedge that didn't match or some utility like a "Ginty" or "Matzie Velvet Touch" chipper, but for the most part, it was a "golf set."
Look into a bag now, especially a senior's bag, and you see a kaleidoscope of different graphite shaft colors and clubheads of every description, including sometimes, non-descript.
Below is a concoction that could conceivably comprise my bag for my first attempt back on the course since back injury. I'm still at the hitting balls stage, which actually involves more immediate repetition than if I were actually playing. I think that I'm close to giving it a try.
But is what you see below an actual "golf set," or is it just a bag of some of an old man's clubs?