update: so I went to the range and hit balls last night. It was kind of hard to judge because there was a strong wind that I was hitting into and I was also hitting range balls versus the balls that I play with (um, that did not sound too good but I think you know what I mean). I was doing the same thing, easy swing, trying to be very loose, wide and extended on the takeaway and then just trying to hit down on the ball........I hit only a 100 balls as I was trying for quality over quantity. I was pleased. I'd say that I was more accurate than I would have been previously and I'm sure the ball traveled further (although it was tough to judge with such a strong incoming wind).
This new swing has created a new miss for me though....I noticed it once in the round last Sunday and I had a few balls last night where I came through too quickly and this resulted in me absolutely crushing the ball very far, but the ball went pretty far out to the left, resulting in a hook. That's okay though because I knew as soon as I hit those balls that I came through too fast and that was the reason for the miss. Even though they were misses it was still nice to see my 9 iron go past the 150 marker uphill! :)
I'm really anxious for this swing change to make a statistical change in my stats and score. I know that I will still have misses/poor shots, but I think that this new swing will help me possibly in my biggest area of opportunity: approach shots that are greater than 175 yards out. At least this is what I am hoping for. If I can get more GIR then I know my score will drop. I'm realizing that even if the ball is just around the green and not even a GIR then it's still better. Having the ball around the green in regulation is what I am aiming for instead of bleeding shots and not being around the green in regulation as often.
Another thing I noticed was the lack of reverse pivots that I had. This was a big issue for me when I first started and something that would still occasionally happen before but now with an easy swing and making sure that I shift my weight, it hopefully is an issue no longer.....