Good to hear! Yeah that swing thought helped me out a lot years back when my takeaway was wayyyy inside my target line causing me to have the shanks. You just need to make sure you're still hinging the wrists correctly on the takeaway
Would you say your misses are "acceptable"? If you are shooting 71, you probably hit the ball more or less "consistently" even if you don't feel you did your best.
After reading LSW, I deliberately hit long clubs. Still do ... it's most of my practice. But I didn't START OUT hitting long clubs. That's the point I'm making.
I’m currently at the range working on this and feel #2 seems like a much better feel for me compared to what I was doing earlier. It’s just much less technical and seems like a feel that will transfer much more easily when I take it to the course.