I recently retired my 1972 Ping Kushin, which my grandfather bought new and I inherited when he passed in 1980. Now playing a TM Spyder and a complete set of 2017 M2's - so the oldest club still in my bag is about a year.
Hi @oxman Welcome to the site. My golf career arc is similar to yours. I played often until going away to college and then put the game aside for awhile. When I came back the equipment, and the golf balls, had changed considerably. The (seemingly) giant driver heads put me off at first; but I got over that the first time I hit one solid. On the minus side; I found that my newer, longer, larger, driver, allowed me to send the ball farther out of bounds than I'd previously believed possible. So...I went to a driving range, signed up for a course of lessons, and began practicing regularly. It took awhile; but after a year or so I'd trained myself, with help, out of some of my worst habits. Habits, by the way, that I was not aware I had. Long story shorter: seek professional guidance. If a second opinion is valuable to the guys on tour; there is no reason to think it wouldn't be valuable, more so, to us mortals.