Originally Posted by Redhook
At your level, it's huge. Try to find a range that has Trackman, a doppler device that tracks every shot you hit and displays it on a computer with all the stats. You can compare different drivers with different lofts and shafts.
I am the same way as HoBail. I carry a Ping G10 driver, a Mizuno Hi-Fi driving 2 iron, a Titleist 909H 19 hybrid, 3-PW Mizuno MP 14 blades, Titleist Black Spin Mill Wedges 52 and 56. The two wedges I got this year and were my first new clubs that I bought since I got my irons 10 years ago.
I am not a big believer in new equipment. It does help, I replace my driver every 4-5 years, usually hitting a friends and then searching ebay for a used version. I don't believe that new equipment is worth the cost vs the overall improvement. It seems as if each time I get a new driver I gain around 10 yards and my hybrids serve a purpose that I didn't exactly have before I had them. My driving 2 iron is a lot more forgiving than my old MP 33 2 iron, and my hybrid is a little shorter but much easier than my old three wood. But to me the cost associated with buying new clubs every other year isn't going to make me a scratch or better golfer.
FWIW I think the area you save the most strokes is from 100 yards and in. I have always marveled at people who are willing to buy $400+ driver every other year but don't feel the need to invest in wedges and putters.