Re: Mid handicap, how important is "up to date" Driver?
If you're averaging less than 2 putts per green and like your putter why change it? I have a love/hate relationship with my putters, and have a bunch of them that I switch out according to how badly I putted. If I have 38 putts, then the putter comes out of the bag; if I have 28 putts, then whatever putter I had that day has favored-nation status until it betrays me again.
As far as drivers go, new is not necessarily better, and name-brand is not necessarily a measure of anything except money spent on advertising. 240 and in the fairway is pretty much happyland for most people. If you have to have a new driver (and I know the feeling, believe me), then ebay has a ton of last year's models on sale for $149 or less (marked down from $399), and www.callawaypreowned.com
has great deals on Callys. I'm pretty sure you can get the Hyper X there for $129. The technology this year isn't much changed -- just more hype, really.