I'm about the same. Started late 60's and irons were muscle backs. I used MT's, Spalding. Sometimes I think I played much better back then, but of course that was 45 years ago. As I've said in the past "I wish I didn't know now, what I did not know then". Recently have gotten a more reliable, repetitive, swing back. Reviewing Hogan's book has helped as a "go to" reference and I've tried to clear my mind of all the countless suggestions from the various golf instructors. Nothing wrong with the instruction though, just too much of it.
I've tried cutting down the shaft of my drivers and fairway woods many times. This is supposed to improve control but it also affects swingweight and lie angles.
Everybody says it works but for me it hasn't. I've stopped doing it.
I feel like an albatross should get significantly more credit than a hole-in-one on a par 3.
I had a near hole in 1 yesterday that got me thinking; I hit a maybe a 'decent' shot at best and as the ball in the air I was talking to myself "No!... stay out of the bunker... no!!!" and it JUST flew the elevated bunker (short right side of the green) and had a MIRACULOUS bounce that looks all sorts of wanky (it kicked hard forward/left) and rolled up right next to the pin. Within about a foot. I started thinking... if that s*** went in for a hole in one.... how would that make me feel? God only knows if I were playing in a group and that had happened I would have been ridiculed I'm sure for that luck haha.
Personally I cut my 3 wood down an inch or half an inch (Its been awhile so I don't really remember) but it's helped me out a lot. I feel with it being slightly shorter I have more control of the club. I also cut my driver down a little as well for the same reason.