Previously, I did try to map out and practice a 50% and a 75% distance map range for each of my clubs, but it started to mess with my contact. I'm not ready to 'choose' to put in the time for that much even for the benefit - you know my play philosophy....
so I have pretty much have my 'full' swing and my 'extra' swing - both of which I'm very happy with. I've added a little loft/deloft swing thoughts to them for fine tuning. Half swings are pretty much a 'thumb rule' at this point for distance only - it'll be fun when I'm ready to learn those too, however, I imagine there's a lot of control I'll be able to add to my approaches. For now, I pretty much use those when I have to punch out from under something - i.e., my half 8i is about 100 yards vs a SW 100 yard 'full'. So I can get a little lower. Anything else is just a 'feel' shot. and it takes practice to get repeatable for 'feel' shots.....practice I'm not committing to at this time.
Frankly, I'm liking Erik's post about 'hooding'/punching lower flight shots on another thread, I like the 'feel' better and suspect I can get more bang for less practice.
Sure there is a distance threshold to entry at the elite level but delta between shorter and longer hitter hasn't changed.
If anything the equipment is optimized (best energy transfer with most repeat-ability) helping EVERYBODY to make distance more of a differentiating skill than it ever was. i.e., it is more of a skill based meritocracy now than it ever was.
Sweet...! I'll take two of each. Gotta be some 'formula'. "The trap 270 out ain't really in play for me bro.."
And really juiced up about the 'no-consequence' part..
Hey Joro - WELCOME to the Sandtrap. I bet you have some great stories and fun comments. It's good discussion with a great crowd and the disagreements are fun too if you remember it's just a game we all like.