Wow, great stuff! Thanks a lot for the feedback. Now I'm noticing things I didn't see before. BTW, I've been playing for just a little more than a year, but I really love the game and want to get myself to the next level in the coming year (by which I mean attaining 350' drives with decent accuracy, putting consistently, and chalking up many more birdies on the course).
I've just watched the "working from the hit back" by masterbeato, and it does indeed seem really helpful (it makes me want to go out and practice). I've known for some time that my hit was not working properly, but only recently realized that I would never have that until I fixed my timing issues. I have read Blake T's articles on throwing technique, but having this video as a reference is really very useful (this kind of stuff is often difficult to describe in words).
It is true that my eyes-on-target thing helped accuracy, but limited distance. I could throw 225'-250' across a local soccer field and into the goal on the other side almost every time (this made my approach game on the course go quite well). But I had plateau-ed in distance, not able to get to the 300' mark backhand (such that on long holes I would need a really good approach game just to make par...I was a par machine, but very few birdies except on short holes). I've also begun working on my forehand again, for which I get more distance but less consistency (my first 4 months playing was almost exclusively forehand with an old beat-up Banshee, then I lost that disc and decided to stop forehanding for a while to develop a backhand...I want to do both well in the long run).
My balance has improved slightly with better shoes, but thanks to your comments I can also see the leg kicking up early, how it inevitably slows my rotation (ice-skater analogy), and how I take away the opportunity for the leg to push off more powerfully later and contribute to rotation of my torso. I'll be working on keeping on the balls of my feet, and lowering and shifting my center of gravity forward to maintain balance.
I played a round the other day, and several things have already changed now that I started to concentrate on pivoting and pulling through later in the throw. My accuracy went to hell really fast, but I know this is a one-step back for two-steps forward process. But I need to keep focus on the hit, and things will improve.
Anyways, when I get my throw firing better, I'll post another video to update all of you on the progress that your advice is helping to make possible. Thanks again!
Distance Drivers: Barsby Boatman, Glow Champion Katana
Fairway Drivers: Pinnacle Rival, Icon Patriot, Protege Rival, Elite-X Cyclone
Mid-Range: Ghost/Wasp, Z Buzzz/DGA Squall, Z Glide
Putt/Approach: Star Classic Roc, Icon Clutch, Protege Clutch