Oh I agree the techniques are different, it's just that the short game really helps me with the tempo and rhythm in the long game. Especially the basic chip shot and for some reason, basic bunker shots.
When I play my goal is to break 40 on each nine with the ultimate goal of breaking 80. A lot of the time the reason I fail at these goals is because of a dreaded DB. I could honestly answer either way because I find it difficult to break 80 but also seem to always leave the course with a DB on the card.
And just this quick, an update. Paul shot 70 (-2) to be leader in the clubhouse, with exactly one group finished. For those of us interested in pace of play, his group was first off at 8:00, and the scores are posted to the website by 12:30, fairly reasonable for real competition golf. As a supplement to another recent thread, they're using 9 minute intervals.
That is true. Increasing shoulder tilt should increase the steepness of the club on the backswing and downswing. Even more reason to flatten my downswing.
I think my instructor probably would have had me work on flattening my swing even if he had not increased my shoulder tilt, because there are so many beneficial effects of the flattening move. But the increased shoulder tilt does seem to make flattening the swing a little more urgent. Because it does put the club even farther up in the air on the back swing.
Of course, the reason for fixing the shoulder tilt was because lack of shoulder tilt meant that on the down swing my right shoulder came out instead of down, causing me to cast the club over the top.
How I setup now is probably symptomatic of the lessons that I took as a kid in which my posture was criticized for slumping over the ball. I did notice that in the videos that I posted my weight seemed to be distributed more on my heels. I don't remember exactly what I was working on that day that was inducing that, but that is not really common for me.