I've seen Tiger on the practice range using a rolled up towel stretched across his chest held under each armpit. He was hitting iron shots and towel stayed in place. Not sure what you accomplish by this.
It takes years to build a solid, upstanding reputation but only a few words to destroy it. As one of the most outspoken PGA Presidents, maybe it was only a matter of time for Bishop to stick foot in mouth. How ironic that Suzie Whaley, if elected as PGA Secretary, will be in line for PGA President in a short few years.
I've tinkered with soft-stepping for some years - you make a good point by saying to soft-step the long irons and hard-step the scoring irons. That I have not done but I will do for next season. Let me ask you is there a big difference in distance from soft step to hard?
Robert Wagner in Banning great movie - one scene he bets his competitor that he can stiff it out of bunker, well sandtrap (sounds better in our forum). He steps on ball to bury it a bit in the sand while competitor is not watching, then he blasts out of trap for a miraculous shot!