Falling back into bad swing
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As far as I am concerned, it is normal to slide back into bad habits unless one concentrates on the "new" method every time, until it becomes so ingrained that it's the new default.
The young pro I've been seeing since I started playing again is pretty good at having me work on one thing at a time. I get the idea, go away and work on it for a week or two, then we'll check that I've "got it" and move on to something else.
But I still backslide. With me it's alignment. If I don't take obsessional care at set-up I'll find I'm taking a stance with my shoulders slightly open to the target.
I'm practicing every day a few hours. Do you think a long iron supports a flat swing, esspecially when you are trying to get a steeper swing path?
For your sake, and please take it that way, I can't really answer a general question. It's a Goldilocks type of thing and it depends on what you mean as "steeper" and "flat" and so many other things.
Also, we can't really say for sure if you've practiced them properly. Perhaps you have - I'm not saying you haven't - just that we have no real idea.
With "flat" I mean a too shallow backswing that comes too shallow from the inside in the follow through. I'm trying to achieve a steeper backswing and downswing. Since I hit decent shots with my 3 iron yesterday It must have been right what I practiced :p. I'm just curious why my feeling totally got lost after hitting long irons today.
I know what you mean by flat, but there is a pretty wide range that could still work, and unless we have specifics and a good understanding of your particular body type, swing, etc. we can't really say too much. Matt Kuchar is pretty "flat" and Bubba Watson is pretty upright, but both work.