None of my subscribed threads have any new posts, so I may as well give an update here.
The past two weeks had been pretty bad as I was leaving the face open at impact all the time. I finally realized it was because I was immediately rotating my wrists upon takeaway and leaving the club "laid off" (I think) at the top, and working hard to square it back up by over-rotating my wrists. That caused a hook whenever I actually got the face to close down by the time I made impact.
So 2-3 days ago I realize this, don't have time to warm up before 9 holes with co-workers, and immediately started hitting it straight with good contact. It felt uncomfortable, but it worked. I didn't have time for the range a couple days ago, but I played 9 holes at a par 72 course and shot my low 9 of the year (42). I dropped 2-4 shots because of skulled chip shots, or that could have been much better. On a par 5 I was 10 yards short of the green in two and was just trying a little chip and run to get it close, and shanked it further away from the hole and ended with bogey. On a short (305 yard) par 4, I was 30 yards short of the green and tried a quarter-wedge shot and shanked it into the bunker and took a double-bogey. If not for those two brain farts I would have probably beaten my previous 9 hole low of 40.
Another positive is that I've been consistently driving it well and with confidence the last 3 weeks or so. I've also been able to hit draws and fades as needed, which is an incredible asset. Basically through all of the range work and realizing what I had been doing wrong all this time, I sort of understand how to swing inside-to-out for a draw and hold off my follow throw (and let my left arm lead) for a fade/cut.
There is this 390 yard par 4 that dog legs right at about 60 degrees and if you hit it through the fairway dead straight at about 260 yards it will end up in a huge fairway bunker. I always hit three wood to put it out there around the 220-240 mark short of the bunker, but because I couldn't control a fade I've never had less than 150 yards into that hole. Yesterday I took out the three wood but played for a fade, hoping to get around both bunkers. I hit it perfectly and it turned down the fairway at about 268 yards (down wind) and ended up dead center of the fairway about 90 yards from the hole. Having opportunities like that feel great. I just barely missed the birdie putt.