To the OP: You should've gotten fitted when you bought the driver. Go with the straighter combo. Your Taylormade is probably like a 13 degree when measured and you probably could take off more spin from technique than changing equipment.
Also, which college do you play for? The only reason I ask is because in another thread you said you managed to go from a complete beginner to where you are in 3 months. I have a lot easier time believing you hit the ball that far some of the time than believing you got to a legit 12 in 3 months though. I guess the coaches there are superb and I'm going straight over there.
Being able to carry the ball 290 is a gift, that's like getting a supermodel girlfriend and wanting her to be a genius and a great caddy, too.
Did the OP really go from beginner to 12 in 3 months?
I have been seriously playing for a year, but hacked (with 20 lessons) around golf courses for almost 4 years. I still feel like a novice after playing over 75 full rounds.
Maybe, it's because I make a complete revolutionary change in my swing every year.
Even considering that I hit 200 plus balls every day and at least one round a week, I am only just starting to get comfortable playing. Is this more or less average? Or am I just really bad at the game, and need much more effort to play well?
Also, I was wondering if other golfers also play when they are sore and tired? Or do you wait until your body completely heals before going on a round? Part of the reason why I can't swing aggressively, is because every muscle in my body is in a constant state of soreness (from swinging 200 balls every day). Is this the way other people serious about improving play?
I felt good that I got 5 pars in the front 9 last week, and am just starting to understand the swing fundamentals after 30,000 plus swings? Maybe I need 100,000 swings to "get it".
This is the toughest game I have ever played.
BTW, I have seen the supermodel type girlfriends taking swing shots for some pretty dorky looking golfers in expensive looking clothes. But maybe, I'm just jealous.