To give you a guys a little background, about 5 years ago I started playing golf pretty regularly and took a hiatus due to carpel tunnel surgery I had on my left wrist. I'm 28 years old, right handed, 6'1 and around 250 lbs. The past month or so I had a good friend of mine convince me to pick up my clubs again and start back at it. Played my first round of 18 last week and shot a 115. I've been going to the driving range 3-4 times a week for the past month or so trying to get back into the swing of things.
When I started back up my bag consisted of the following (all used equipment):
Tommy Armour 845s 440c 10 degree Driver
Full Callaway Steelhead pro series x14 irons (3-p/s wedge) w/ stiff shafts
I found that at the driving range that I was having an absolutely awful time hitting my 3, 4 and 5 irons. 6-p wedge were pretty decent. My buddy suggested I try one of his 3-i hybrids and it seemed night and day over my callaway 3 iron. I went ahead and purchased a HT Max 3-Iron Hybrid with graphite regular flex shaft as well as a Callaway Diablo 4i Edge Hybrid with regular flex shaft.
Over the course of the week I've gone out three times to try out both new Hybrids and I was hitting the ball significantly longer and straighter then I typically do with my driver. I'd say on average I was hitting between 150-175 approximately (with roll).
My problem with my driver is that I have a difficult time getting the ball up in the air and having a consistent trajectory when I tee off. Sometimes I get it up in the air enough and it will sail beyond 200 yards but it's not consistent enough for my liking.
My questions is - is the driver I'm using not as forgiving as both the hybrids, is my loft not as high as it should be considering I have an issue getting the ball up in the air enough? I also have those random shanks where the ball will dribble about 50-75 right off the tee (this also could be a combination of just poor swing mechanics/consistency). I was looking into purchasing a Ping G20/G25, Cleveland Classic, etc.
I'm also questioning whether I should look into having the remainder of my irons re-shafted so they are more of a regular flex shaft rather then a stiff flex?
I was going to look into having my swing analyzed at Golf Galaxy in the near future, but I'm looking for a temporary fix for my poor driving/iron skills.
Any/all help would be appreciated.