This question comes up all the time during the initial interview with my students. The short answer is this: if you have played some golf and have clubs currently after a lesson or two I would suggest getting fit. If it is a brand new player, I recommend that we work the swing through 4 or 5 lessons and then get them fit. As we all know, clubs that fit us are exponentially better than clubs that do not. That said, the absolute beginner just needs proper swing mechanics before spending money on the correct fit.