I meant to add that the "technology" really hasn't changed much in the last 20 years. Perimeter weighting and low COG has been around for a long time. A good swing is far more important than $1000 clubs, or, as they say, it's the Indian and not the arrow.
I had a lesson with Ted Fort a few months ago and, after doing my usual garbage, I handed him my Ping 8 iron, which he smashed 160 yards on a rope. So I know if I hit a crap shot with my Pings, it ain't the clubs!
No need to be in too much of a rush, There are people that have been playing for years that still not quite on the "right path". EVERY tour pro still struggles sometimes.
Take your next lesson as soon as you can and talk to the instructor about all your concerns.
I've been fitted by Ping, everything was standard in terms of length but I was a blue dot, just off of black which is their standard lie. I'm 6 foot tall with I guess "standard" length arms etc. Did they cut an 1" off based on static measurements, did you hit off a strike board? An 1" sounds like a lot to cut off unless you are short in stature.
While doing volunteer for the NPS, my wife and I have had several dealings with human, coyote interactions.
In every case where a person was bitten, the person was trying to feed the coyote, by hand. Coyotes won't make the distinction between the food, or the hand holding. the food. Not like a domesticated dog will.
Example would be a guy who was caught by rangers feeding a coyote from his car. He recieved a ticket/fine. Once done with the food, the guy leisurely let his arm hang down out side his car window. He thought the coyote was gone. The coyote came back and bit the hand that previously had fed him.
Once a coyote does bite a person, due to human ignorance, the coyote is killed for testing.
Yes, and older, usually hungry, sick coyote will become agressive towards humans, especially younger, smaller children. but I never saw this scenario myself. Read about it, just never saw it.