I'm just thrilled that our old C-Reds no longer seemed destined for the franchise ineptitude record. Since Riggleman took over, it's been a stunningly competent 40-38 record. People had been talking about 1982's 61-101 train wreck.
Mario Soto and the Eight Dwarfs
It is all marketing fluff, IMHO. Find the tools that fit you best and go for it. I am in the same boat as you. this is my first year. I went and hit a bunch of clubs and ended up with Ping G30 irons. Almost half the price of the latest and greatest, but they work well for me.