I'm not an expert on the golf swing...there are other guys here who know more about it than me. My expertise is on the equipment side of the game, but I've seen a lot of swings over the years and you're doing a lot of things right. Very nice looking swing.
I'm wondering about a couple things. Maroon dot used to be 5* upright, but now it's 4.5* up, add another 1* for the extra inch and those irons should be playing 5.5* up. Your current irons are 5* up and toe-heavy on a lie board. If irons are too flat, it's hard to hit big 'ol hooks, so that's an indication that the lie angle is upright enough...7 to 8* might be too much. It's also a little surprising that you are launching the ball 2* higher than ideal with a draw/hook. From the video it looked like the shaft is kicking too soon, which could add loft and or spin.
You mentioned you were hitting the 7 iron 180 yds with a ballooning trajectory. What is your typical distance with a 7 ir on a solid shot? And your swing speed with a 7 ir is almost 100 mph, correct? I couldn't help but notice you were hitting mostly straight shots and draw shots, but no fades which is what I would have expected. If you weren't leaking shots to the right, it's another indication the clubs are not too flat. And the tendency to hit big hooks, high launch and excess spin make me think the shaft is too soft. Based on the information you provided, that is probably what's going on. Yes, a good clubfitter can get you into a set of irons that will correct those issues.
I have a Samsonite hard cover case that has so far been great for travel. It is big, but it has wheels and we're renting a larger vehicle when going on golf trips (4 guys, their bags, luggage, and usually a little driving... get the Tahoe)
It's either a combo of spell checker and an editor not doing their job, or, the state of journalism today.
I don't use spell checker, despite some of the squiggly red underlining I get on some words. Sometimes I think spell checker thinks you want a different word than you do.
I see this kind of stuff all over the place, especially in local media.
Yes! I remember reading an article about this. The ball manufacturers had no way to control the ball making process to the point where they could make a particular compression ball. They just made balls and figured out later what compression they were!