Over the years I have sprinkled certain themes throughout my posts. I say them over and over because they work—not only for me, but for everybody.
To save you the trouble of searching for what you might not know is even there, here it all is. This post summarizes my thoughts. If you do all these things (and there aren’t many) you will play better golf.
When you’re standing over the ball, think of the swing as one unit from takeaway to finish. Impact is an event like another other along the way—do not give it extra importance.
Swing at a tempo which allows you to hit the ball on the center of the clubface consistently.
Your hands must lead the clubhead into the ball. They must arrive back to the ball before the clubhead does.
With a chip and a pitch, think of sliding the sole of the club underneath the ball. Do not hit down on the ball.
With a chip, use one swing and several clubs to regulate distance.
With a pitch, use two or three lengths of swing (your choice) and several clubs to regulate distance.
Hit the ball on the sweet spot of the putterface.
Let the length of the backswing be the sole distance generator.
Technique is less important than mentally bearing down the hole.