What is your "go-to" swing thought for your favorite short game shot?
I bring this up because I've been practicing using the bounce more in almost all of my short game shots. I've been keeping an eye on the "Quickie Pitching Video" and related threads to try to ingrain the proper feel to hit this shot. I always understood the concept of using the bounce for extra forgiveness, but it just never worked for me for some reason. I felt like I would hit pitches fat and thin just as often as before. I always felt like I was thinking about too many things...how to shift weight, how much wrist hinge, how outside or inside my takeaway was, etc.
Today I tried thinking about one simple thing: Set up with the handle SLIGHTLY ahead of the ball at address, and return the handle to SLIGHTLY ahead of the ball at impact.
As long as the ball is just forward of center, the bounce has to work for me. I can screw up everything else about my swing, but this single swing thought puts my club in a position at impact that gives me the forgiveness promised from using the bounce. This is probably what all the "bounce advocates" have been saying all along, but sometimes it takes condensing 10 thoughts into 1 for the point to get across.
What's your single short game thought that you always go back to when you start hitting bad ones?