I just wanted to give a shoutout to differential and variability practice (i get confused between the two honestly) that is talked about in @Adamyounggolf 's book The Practice Manual. In it, he talks about doing drills like hitting the toe, then the middle, then the heel of the club or hitting it thin or fat on purpose.
For me, it was a little leap of faith that spending time on swinging incorrectly was a waste of time or worse at the range, but I can honestly say, after incorporating it into my range sessions my ball striking ability has dramatically improved. My original belief was that it would be helpful if I started having toe strikes, the practice would help me consciously correct for it but what I found is that my body has just gotten better at fine-tuning without me really being conscious about it.
Af this point, each range session I take at least 20-25 balls or so and use them in some form of this practice like moving the ball forward or back in my stance, hitting toe or heel, fat or thin, or outside in/ inside out swing path and I think it’s worthy investment. It’s surprisingly helpful although it still seems a little like voodoo to me. I’m still reluctant to try it on the putting green if I’m being honest.
Just wonder if others have seen similar results or incorporate regularly in their practice?