Always worn a glove, until the other weekend as I left mine at home, couldn't be bothered to buy an new one so went out without one. Right hand was fine, left was a little sore after 18 holes. Not going to bother to get used to callouses so will go back to wearing one.
I'm short, but it turns out I only needed .25" off my irons. I use standard length with my woods. I agree that it could be a technical issue rather than the club. Also is the 175 with the 7iron a one off or is it your average carry?
At the moment I'm doing my bit by not putting the ball in the hole but either to the left, right, past it or not quite up to it!!!!
Seriously we have foam inserts and we physically pick the ball up, not sure how that is much different. I'd preferred the lift up device thingy.
50º wedge all day long for your gap. I'd also take a look at the difference between your PW and 9 though, for me 20 yards is too much of a gap unless you're good at manipulating shots and can hit your 9 less.
Companies have had to strengthen the lofts due to moving weight in the heads in order to promote forgiveness and high MOI , although I do suspect the claims of more distance are an added benefit.
Honestly - I'd save your money until you can get fitted, and your irons will do nicely for now...
If you're going right with your driver and left with your fairway, I'd be looking at delivery rather than the shaft - I only say this as I found this out during my recent fitting. I suffer from the lefts with everything bar driver - what it was I was delivering the driver face open at impact...
I use a scorecard and pencil normally, use my apple watch with Hole 19 for course blah, and my laser for quick distances. Doesn't distract as I have my phone either on silent or in the car as my apple watch will pick up any emergency calls/texts.
I believe you have to do it in store - and show either your pass/warrant card or your blue light card (If you have one - and if you don't do it! £5 to sign up and there's a lot of companies that endorse it!)