I know some of that is my level(30) and some of that is my beginners equipment, but at what point does the game deliver a near consistent result for a fractionally missed shot? I have even hit dead centre on the meter several times and still missed badly left, right, short and long
You just came back on 10 September after being off for who knows how long.
When you are at level 33 (means you have played little the past 10 years) and have low-level equipment nothing will go well.
You have to play a lot to learn the game and to achieve levels where you can get clubs with any precision. The variability in where shots land is huge with low-level equipment - by design. Dinging the shot means little with starters.
Play a lot, practice, make notes, move up levels, and get better equipment. All those things will allow improvement. Without doing those, don't expect things to change.
Just telling it like it is. Your choice.