So I've implemented a lot of SnT from what I've picked up on this site and it has definitely improved my contact dramatically. Now I need to dial in the control aspect. I've just received my copy of the SnT book last night and read it cover to cover.
As my contact has improved I've gone from chronic slicer to straight pusher to slight hooker. Having not read the book my alignment and clubface were both square to the target line at address, I assume the progession of my shots gradually moving left is due to my swing path becoming more in to out. Having now read the book I can see some stuff I need to add/adjust to get a better shot at push drawing but I have a question that wasn't clear on the first read-through (I will of course be reading this book over and over again!). When setting up for a draw what is the recommended alignment? I realise that this can fall under personal preference and tendencies but as a baseline would you recommend a) neutral alignment (parallel to target line) with the club gripped with a slightly open face (+/- 10 yrds right of target) or b) a closed alignment (+/- 10 yrds right of target) with a face gripped slightly to the left of (open to) clubface alignment?
All things being equal, either way I assume that by adopting a slightly open face (relative to target line and closed relative to club path) my shots will end up much closer to the target and I just need to play around with the variables to find what works with my (new and improved) natural tendencies.
Whats gratifying to me at this point is that reading the book confirmed a lot of what I had figured out myself by adding elements I learned from this site plus shedding light on some of the issues I come across.
Last question for now, are the pictures of P&B demonstrating positions all slightly exaggerated or should I be striving to look that extreme when hitting these positions? My instincts tell me that the images are exaggerated (although less so than the infamous golf digest article) to make the key elements of the swing more visible but there doesn't seem to be any indication of that in the text, unless I missed it which is quite possible as I've only read it once and I read it in one shot which is probably not the best way to take in the information!
Thanks in advance for the help and thanks for saving my golf game!