Define “fair to middling.”
I have yet to meet even a 12 handicapper (without massive yips) that I would consider a “fair” ball striker.
Yes, fix your putting… and the driver is probably “okay,” but fix your full swing first and foremost.
Hey, if it works, and as long as it conforms, who cares?! There was a post on here years ago where a guy built himself a "punch out" club. He had an old 2 iron, and either just pulled it from the shaft or mounted it on the shaft of a 7 iron. That's what he used when he had to punch out of the woods and keep the ball low.
As far as what the rest of his set looks like? I don't really think that I want to know!
And then there's the other side of the coin. Roberto Devincenzo signed for an incorrect score, kept by a playing opponent, and lost the Masters because of it. He would have been in a playoff if that score had been accepted, or won the Masters outright if the score had been kept correctly. I think! It was a long time ago!
And I don't know if this qualifies as cheating, but Nicklaus and Palmer were in a playoff for the 1962 US Open at Oakmont. In that day you had to come back on Monday and play 18 to decide things. I read an article that said, in the locker room before the match, Palmer asked Nicklaus if he wanted to "split it". Meaning split the pot. Apparently, this was a common occurrence back then and, who knows, maybe today.
If I recall correctly, the purse was $10,000 to the winner, $5,000 for second place. So, they could go out, play a stress free round of golf, and both head home with $7,500 in their pocket! Big money in '62!
Reportedly, Nicklaus thought about it for a few seconds and said, "No, I'd rather play it straight," , and Palmer replied, "That's what I thought you'd say".