I switched to a 3 and 5 hybrid this year (from 4w and 7w) and found my contact is more consistent which results in better average distance. My irons are 7-9-PW-SW. At age 70 with a slow swing speed, I've found this setup works well enough for me to maintain a 10 HCP from senior tees.
Gosh. You’re right. $40-100million sign on and $4mil first prize, money won for team placing, and $125k for finishing DFL is just not meaningful so they want to play for both? Seems odd to be fighting to come back to a Tour that has treated them all so poorly.