Considering he had two years where he, in all likelihood, he didn't touch a club that's not a terrible return. I hope he can come back to his top form so that he doesn't feel as though his chances at a career were taken from him.
Watched a Hogan method video for 10 minutes on palms up, palms down action in the golf swing. Gave interesting ideas on hand-loading and waiter's tray position preceding downswing motion: It reminds me of the diagonal sweet spot video which Erik and Dave did for 5SK series.
Good start. I've seen these second-generation Tight Lies for $29. (First version came in late 1990s). Most popular model is 16*.
Callaway Preowned has some Hawkeye Titanium and Warbird FWs from circa 2000 for under $50. I stumbled upon 3-5-7-9 woods in Hawkeye, bought them for heritage purposes, and can say they fly pretty good.(I play Calla 815 Alpha FWs from 2015).
Callaway X FWs (2008) cost under $50; you'll have to hunt the used club bins, and the shaft was a bit heavy, but give 'em a try if the store has some sort of return policy.
The Tour Edge XRails and Exotics FWs a few years old can be had for under $100 (originally $250+), but under $50 is hard to find unless they're really beat up. I played two different TE FW set-ups since 2002.