Just got my first round of the year in today and I'm depressed because the forecast calls for 2-4 inches of snow tomorrow. I definitely need more work to get back in the swing of things before I go shop for a new driver. I did get some leads on nearby shops that have the TP and decent fitting services.
Powerbilt also does Louisville Sluggers. Not related to golf, but not a slouch in the bat department as far as I know. They've been making golf clubs for almost 100 years! Evidently they were a premium brand back in the days of persimmon clubs.
When I switched from rack irons to custom built irons I quickly went from a 18 handicap to a 12 and got 2 clubs longer. There are a few things about getting custom clubs. First is you are going to get the right lofts so there are no gaps between your wedges and your irons and your irons and your hybrids. Second, you only get the clubs you need vs getting an extra club or two on the wedge/hybrid end. Next you get the right lie angles and club lengths for your swing/body size. Finally, you get the shafts "pured". I thought that was a bunch of bunk until I got my clubs. My fitter had asked me if I had a favorite club in my old set. I didn't really, but I had 2 clubs that I swung more reliably than the others. He said "all of your new clubs are going to be your favorite club". He was right. You won't believe the difference until you swing the clubs. It's an incredibly subtle feeling, but it makes a huge difference. I'll never buy irons out of a box again. At the least, get a fitting done!
Did you really say you're depressed because it's going to snow? Now I'm not sure I want to help. Oh hell, I'll try and get past that.
Clubs are comprised of two major components, heads and shafts. Because major manufacturers make big scratch from selling new generations of heads but don't find the same potential in shafts guess which gets marketed? Because price and margin are important to manufacturers and shafts get so little focus, OEM shafts are typically cheap, crappy and in the case of irons inconsistent through the set. Driver shafts even in major products often represent around 1-2% of total cost.
However, shafts are typically more critical to performance than heads, particularly with respect to drivers. They are not only the principal engine, your natural rythym and loading favor some but not all. And once you find the right shafts you generally don't need to keep replacing them, you can swap out heads and keep shafts when you feel the need. That goes back to lack of emphasis on shaft sales, they have much less revenue potential partly because of this. With heads you can change colors, weights, screws, visible model numbers etc. David Feherty can yuck it up and sell drivers with shit shafts but he can't really charm shaft sales. Actually he probably could if someone were to pay him to but they probably won't.
So if you really want better performance and a swing that requires fewer compensations due to equipment, put some time and money into fitting and acquiring custom shafts. They will cost a lot more than OEM shafts bit there's a reason and they're a better performance investment than new heads. They might even be consistent through the set, unlike your OEM-s. Puring is only part. Anyways, It seems you get this as to irons but with drivers the shaft is even more critical.
The trick is to find a club fitter who's the real deal. It isn't easy, the field is rife with charlatans. Golf meccas and San Diego (concentration of shaft manufacturers and weather) usually have them. Pros in the industry generally know who they are. In any event you won't find them at Dicks.