Your post largely reflects how I used parts of JV's method to improve my game now that I don't play 3 times weekly. My ball flight has turned to a slight fade as a result of the changes I incorporated into JV's method (take the club back a little outside, hold the shoulders shut with a steady head position but not being afraid to let the shoulders turn a little on backswing). For me the changes I made make the whole process seem less unnatural after years of using a swing more like the ones taught by most Pro's. As you say, I now stand on our island hole and swing away with complete confidence.
Great post, i'm another with a fast swing speed but a high handicap. I tire of people telling me to slow down my swing(you tried to murder that one) when i hit a bad drive but tell me great drive when it goes straight down the fairway.
I don't try to swing hard, its just the speed i swing. Hitting the center of the clubface is a different story, I can carry a drive 280+ but my average drive is 250-260 because of all the bad ones.
I was playing with a couple of older guys for the first time recently, I parred the first three holes and had two cracking drives, one of the guys said "you wont be off 16 for long with your distance"
Two disaster holes followed with two balls into a water hazard, and then some duffed chips etc, and i said to the guy "now do you see why i'm off 16" he laughed and said "ah you have a few things you need to work on alright"
Moral of the story, fast swing speed does not always mean low handicap
Learn to hit a partial PW just like you have learned to hit a partial 9 iron.
For me, gripping down halfway (about 3 inches), ball position about 1-2 ball widths back from normal, and the feeling of a 3/4 swing with a held off finish results in pretty much exactly 20 yards less of distance with a lower trajectory across every club I have tried it with so far (7 iron through sand wedge)
aka I followed what was said here:
I have got some experience hitting partial wedges. I technically have at least two options for 100 yards now. There's the 52* which I hit 100 yards with a standard swing. And then the 9-iron 2/3 swing. Honestly, I am okay with both. I just need to practice the 2/3 9I more. But...
Just look at this and you will see:
56* SW: up to 85 yards
52* GW: up to 100 yards
50* GW: up to 115 yards
46*? PW up to 145 yards
I hate that big hole of about 125-130 yards, and it does come up commonly. I like the 50* Titleist wedge I have, but I am considering a 49* GW. I can't go buying lots of clubs though. Can anyone recommend a course of action here?