I'm curious as to why all the posts on this subject stopped all of a sudden! I was interested to see if "pipergsm" continued to improve and if he progressed to incorporating the swing to his irons.
I've spent countless hours practicing and have taken many professional lessons and my handicap has not moved much at all, especially downward! I practice more than I play because I have the facilities to do so. Not long ago a light went on in my head...I needed to create more lag in my swing. I consistently released the club too early, about midway. Some of the drills I used from various posters at YouTube were very similar to Moe's coin drill, which is a drill to maintain a hitting angle and keep the club square and on "ball level" approximately 2 feet before and after contact. In essence another way to create and maintain lag.
I'm a big fan of Moe Norman but I never really tried to emulate his swing or even the single plane swing. Some posters here think you can't play good golf if you hit the ball straight every time. That makes me laugh...laugh very hard actually. I'm 62 now and in my younger day I could, at times, hit the ball 300+ yards off the tie, but more often than not, I wasn't in good position...at times not even in play! I could consistently hit the ball 260 to 270 often with the same results as the 300+ yard drives. I can still hit the ball 240 to 260 and occasionally hit a bomb 270+.
I think there is a tremendous advantage to hitting the ball straight a very high percentage of the time. I was never able to work the ball consistently. I can hit a draw or a fade, but I am not able to control the amount of draw or fade very often. If I could not only hit fairways off the tee a high percentage of the time, with the ability to work the ball exactly how I wanted, I wouldn't ever need to tinker with my swing. But in more that 30 years of golf I've never been able to accomplish that.
So I've been tinkering with some of Moe's fundamentals. I don't take as wide of a stance as he does, but I've been standing wider than the conventional golfer would. I think I understand what Moe meant by "vertical drop and horizontal tug" and I'm working on swing through the impact area like Moe did and finishing between the "rails", which is something I always noticed I did on my better shots.
I'll be more than happy to report my progress here, if anyone is interested in the results. My goal will be to hit the ball straighter a very high percentage of the time and to sacrifice some distance in order to accomplish this. I'd be willing to hit the ball 230 to 250 off the tee and lose 8 to 10 yards off my irons so long as I was able to hit the ball dead straight 90% of the time. We'll see.