Thanks all. Again, for clarification, I'm not taking about pitch shots around the green. Im questioning my strategy from the 50ish yard area where it's a half to 3/4 swing. Sounds like my using my 56 is not out of the realm of what a lot of folks do so I'll stick with that.
Echo'ing what other people have said: find different thoughts that all work for you, and if you have to think of something during your swing, only think of those thoughts. It tends to work out better if your thought is more of a feeling (50% tempo, stay balanced, relax your right shoulder, etc..) rather than something specific to try to monitor (cock your wrists before your hands get to shoulder height, keep the club face pointed at the ball on backswing until club is parallel to the ground, etc.). Your active thoughts ruin more golf swings than your body does once you get even a moderate level of competence in golf.
If you can't focus on something in your swing, picture a flight path of the ball and tell your body to hit that shot. Or tell your body to make the ball land on an imaginary line between you and some far off point. There are a lot of ways to have your thinking brain allow your movement brain to just hit the ball the way you should and you might need to take a bit of time to figure out which ways work for you.
I had a 9:30 tee time today. I got to the tee area at 9:25 along with the group that was turning. Since my group was not there yet, the turning group turned. A few minutes later, my group got up to the tee box and was just teeing off when another group turned. The starter came up to us and asked us to step off so the guys could turn. We were upset at that because we were already teeinv off and got into an argument with the starter. He said those turning has the right of way over those with a tee time.
Of the last 3 years that I played at this club, I always played the front 9 in less than the 2 hour pace, but we always had to wait for those who had a tee time and turn behind them. This is the first time I have heard of those turning early has the right of way.
So which is it?
Was it wrong for the starter to tell us to let the guys go first when we were already teeing off???