The title of the thread is just a selection of the many swing thoughts that I went through until recently. I have only taken up the game in the last three years but I am obsessed with the technique of the swing. Having looked through many useful videos I have discovered a feel in the swing that helps me, so I thought I'd share it and maybe help others.
1. In the back swing I try and ensure the club is horizontal when its level with my hip and the club head is just outside the hands.
2. A wide arc and wrist hinge follows so the club is then almost vertical as your hands are level with your chest. Above all this don't sway away from the ball in the back swing. almost feel you are leaning left if you have too.
3. A slight hip bump TOWARDS the target (I found if that is off it leads to trouble) and a smooth turn of the hips. This should start the down swing correctly.
4. Now this it the part that always got me but I have found you need to feel your right wrist is still cocked all the way to hip level to get the club back to a horizontal position as in the take away. And try and feel that the club is still hinged as you approach the ball.
5. Turning the hands over to connect with the ball is all about timing and its obviously harder the longer the club.
6. A "balanced finish" as the pros always say does work.
I have been told a million times my swing is too fast therefore less controlled, once I started to slow down my feel improved dramatically and to my surprise distance didn't suffer but in some shots improved.
I am by no way an expert and I hope this has been an easy read, it makes sense in my head. I realize swings are so individual. just look at major winner Jim Furyk's compared to Luke Donald so now I am just trying to remain consistent with is really tough when on the course.
I hope it helps someone.