No, that's quite all right. She has a wonderful personality, seems to possess a great deal of knowledge ... however, she has to be pushing 80 or so. And I certainly don't want people to think ill of ME, regarding her age. However, I almost feel like it would be best for me to work with someone a tad bit younger ... maybe a little more technological advanced, as she just critiques me with just her eyes. I don't know. But well, well said in regards to " I suggest you talk with your instructor to make sure you understand what your "homework" is at the end of each lesson. " I don't quite feel I've gotten that from her really ...
And good for you, my friend !! And for you to say golf is hard ... well, it makes me feel better about myself, as I KNOW you would stomp me all over the golf course if we played lol.
I practice with long/short irons off a dry lake bed some times.
Ball in the middle part of my stance. (My sternum is my stance center) Some folks will have the ball back in their stance, and some forward. Just depends on where their swing's consistant low point is.
Hands some what a head of the club head at impact.
The trick is to hit the ball first, and not worry about a divot after impact. Who wants to take a divot off firm turf anyways?
It takes practice to hit this type of thin lie shot. Part of the learning process is knowing where the club head is in the swing. Once I learned this thin lie shot, that's all I ever hit anymore from the fairway. "Thin To Win" as the saying goes.
I'd probably start off practicing slow swing pitch shots, and go from there. Punch shots are good starting point too. As you start making better contact, increase your swing speed.
Seeing as how I started last month, my 2018 goals are to get through Q-School, win my first PGA Tour Event, and last, but the not least, qualify for the 2019 Masters.
Now when I'm awake lol ... I would just like to consistently hit the ball straight. And if I'm able to do that well these next few months, I'd love to enter a tournament, just to get the experience under my belt. Competing in Tournaments (particularly National ones), with success, is my overall goal.