Well I have spent some time working on my new technique and seeing some advances. The bunker work is pretty unpredictable but I am sticking with it and trying to ride out the period where it is a bit up and down - there doesn't seem to be much sense in trying to persist with my "old" technique which is unreliable in results anyway. So on the weekend I had a few flyers out of the bunkers which was a bit embarrassing.
Likewise the pitching is still a work in progress, though I have been doing some good work in practice. It is hard to adjust my thinking to using this sort of shot when I have effectively been using work arounds for the last three years.
The really interesting side effect is that all this work on a more intentional pivot resulted (at least on the weekend) in a really good effect on my driving. In particular, I managed to control the face at impact a lot better so I wasn't dealing with a slice/draw and I was really pounding the ball out there. On a couple of holes I managed to hit the best drives I have ever managed on those holes, which put a couple of greens in range for me which was great.
This weekend I was playing handicap 4BBB matchplay. It was always going to be difficult because my partner effectively pulled out for medical reasons after we had entered. The team I was playing featured the current club champion and another lady who I was giving 3-4 shots away to. I was pretty pleased with how I hit the ball but they had classic teamwork going where if one of them made a mistake, the other one rescued the position.
So I ended up going down 7&6 which was a bit disappointing, but I really didn't feel like I played myself out of it. And there were a couple of times where I needed to pull out a good shot and managed to do so, which I found pleasing.
And it was a very enjoyable match. I hadn't played with our club champion before so it was a good chance to compare my game to hers and see where she was making up her shots. She plays off 7 and wasn't streets ahead of me in any of her shot-making, chipping, putting etc. So from observation I can see that I have all of the tools at my disposal that I need to do well, it's just a matter of eliminating the errors and the sloppiness that comes along the way.