Yeah, I'm talking about pitches within 30yds. A shot from 60yds... I already have that figured out with my 58* using a abbreviated pivot of my standard swing pattern. But when you get to say 30 and in... This is when the 'New School' pitching method is something that I've experimented with... But not implemented as I haven't found a way to really control the carry.
I think its like Utley says--when your shooting a basketball or tossing a baseball, you're hand-eye coordination is all you need to make it the right distance. It just takes practice to get the feels down. I use that 30yd shot as a check to make sure I'm not doing something stupid--an outside limit, I guess.
I watched the video, then sent one, maybe two videos into evolvr. I'm certainly not a stud player by any stretch, and my expectations are probably a lot lower than yours, but adopting this system took pitching from my biggest weakness to maybe my biggest strength very quickly. I used to lay up all the time because I had a better chance of hitting the green from 100 yds than 30.
Also, sometimes when I do it - the ball will carry and then check and stop - almost immediately. And other times it will carry and land and still rollout. I'm guessing I'm not doing the motion correctly - my turning rates are probably off? But, when I go to the conventional chip - ball back weight forward... I can get the ball close to the hole. Heck, I've chipped in 3x in my last 54 holes... Not too shabby for a 5 handicap.
At your level, you are probably more interested in varying that than I am. I stop it pretty consistently within a few feet and I don't mess with that. But I find that really feeling soft, smooth, and lose my hands gives me the best results. It probably has to do with shaft lean but others are obviously more qualified to speak to that.
Mike/Erik, do you guys agree with the original video posted here about doing this method with a lower lofted club? I just use a 58*