Before I get in to my question, I've had a few lessons that helped alot with fundamentals, but I'm largely self taught. So I'm open to constructive criticism about what I'm doing.
As a high single digit, I know I should still just concentrate on making solid swings. But in trying to develop "go to" shots, I'm working on a couple of things. For starters, I've been a guy who plays the lawn dart kind of game of flying a high ball to a yardage with little roll out. But in colder, windier conditions, this doesn't always work out.
So the first shot I'm attempting is a knock down draw with longer irons, where I take the club back inside and attempt to swing in to out, concentrating on hitting down on the ball. I'm not trying to hammer the ball, more like a smooth attempt at having the ball land short 15 or so yards short of a normal swing and rolling out due to the right to left flight.
The second shot, I take the club straight, maybe a little outside, back, turn my upper body and then come back through the ball. Stack and tilt? This seems to result in a high flighted shot, that starts a little right of my alignment and then fades more left to right, landing softly. While the fade is gentle, maybe 5 yards, where I'm aligned and where the ball starts is maybe 10 yards right of target.
In practice, these concepts seem to repeat, but I've been hesitant to embrace them in to my game. For you guys that can really hit the shot you need, when did you start to trust them? I'm still working on this, and while I'll never be more than a men's club competitor, I'd like to take my meager game as far as my skills will allow.