So, I've read a lot of helpful post so far and decided to join.
For background I'm 30, 6' 175, located in northeastern Ohio, and I had a little bit of golf instruction in middle school and then none since then, playing maybe 1-2 times a year. This past year I've started to play maybe 2-4 times a month and plan to shoot for 1-2 times a week this year. I took my first lesson last week and plan on taking a few more. My current clubs are mainly hand me downs with a few clubs I picked up.
Consistency is my biggest issue, I have some nice hits but no consistency, especially as the clubs get longer. Still have draw/fade/slice, but rare to hook and a decent number go straight. My first lesson I've been working on slowing my swing down and only taking a 3/4 backswing, my instructor also recommended not using a driver and just a 3w.
Approximate distances just from eyeballing it at the driving range
D 225-40 (was hitting it fairly straight at the end of last year, but haven't re-figured it out and fade/slice/less distance often now)
Driver Cleveland 12.5 S flex (not sure which model, probably 5 yrs old)
3W TM SLDR 15 R flex (won this today at golfsmith for a closest to pin promotion, I think I can still exchange it for stiff flex if that would be better. They had me hit some balls on the monitor, which I was hitting poorly with both shafts, ~150 yrds, and recommended I get R flex)
3W Cleveland launcher S flex
3/4H Nickent 3DX
Irons 3-SW Callaway Tungsten Hawkeyes with graphite S shafts, lofts PW 46.5, SW 55 (hand me downs from my dad, he had them fitted to him at a big box store, but I'm not sure what differences from standard they are)
Cleveland 588 rotex 60* tour wedge
Odyssey not sure on model, anser shape putter
1) What would be better: getting fitted for new irons, keeping my current irons and get fit for lie angle, keep iron heads and fit for shaft/lie angle, leave irons as is?
2) Should I have my hybrids adjusted or should stock settings be adequate?
3) What should I do with my wedges? I was considering getting a 588 rotex in 52.10 and 56.14 and not using my callaway SW, vs. just not getting any new wedges and using what I have. I hit the cg16 and 588 in 52/56 today on mats and liked the feel of the 588 slightly better. Is the cavity back graphite shaft on my current SW a detriment to learning proper chipping? I feel like there is more feel with steel. I've read a lot of recs not to use a 60* as a beginner, which I do ok with but certainly have mishits with sometimes, so I will probably leave the 60* for practice only.
4) I hate my putter. I feel like the main problem is the lie angle, for my natural stance it would need to be more upright. I've been hitting a bunch of putters and like the Ping Anser 5 TR and Craz-e TR, but I think their lie angle is off too, but not as much as my current putter. Should I get a new off the shelf putter, have my putter bent at golfgalaxy, or find somewhere that does putter fitting and get a new putter there.
5) How would you prioritize the above? I don't have a set budget but I like to be cost effective.