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Maybe I misused the term drills. I tried a lot of drills. I looked at the mirror and videos of myself. They are all perfect especially the drop into the slot drill. What slot? When you drop the hands like the drill suggested you will prone to flip your hands at least I did. What I am really implying here is pre- setting ones hands and body at address so that the only swing thought is move both hands up and down.
Meh, I don't see the harm. Maybe not "relaxed" to you, but that is your own interpretation. I know that most handicaps are inflated anyways. I have more important things to worry about than whether a golfer is posting a "Official Rules" score. It's not like we are talking about the PGA tour. Time to lighten up and have more fun on the course. Golf would be more popular if people weren't such sticklers for the rules. Do you think every soccer game, baseball match, football game should follow every single rule too? Why does golf have to be that way?
I figured I would drag this thread back up since I'm planning on getting back to golf. I thought we were starting to play a lot last year but many things happened that stopped those plans. But we are good to go now and I have a few goals in mind too. I want to get as close to being back in single digits as I can by this time next year. For sure back to single digits by the next Newport Cup
I think your turn to dismissing drills and instruction is misguided. And you even kind of disagree with yourself, as practicing impact positions and extending back further through the swing is itself a set of drills. If you're looking for instruction I'm a big fan of the system from the owners of this site 5 Simple Keys (5SK). They have instructors around lots of the country now. Or you can get great (I haven't done it myself, but know a few guys who've dropped a TON of strokes with dedicated use) online instruction at Evolvr where you upload videos and get detailed instruction. But to your original point, I have had some success at various points where one of my tools was sitting at my impact position and trying to go backwards from there to figure out what body part or feel or whatever is throwing me off getting to that position that I want at impact from some point further back up in the swing. But I've found this is limited by the other knowledge I have of the golf swing. And that other drills are in fact often useful for ingraining changes in my swing further away from impact that lead to a chain of events that put me in the wrong place at impact.