I swing the club back to where my hands reach shoulder height. No more. That’s all the farther I can take it back and still feel like there is a psycho-physical connection between the clubhead and the ball, as there was at address.
When I swing through the ball, I feel like I’m dragging the club through, straight at the target. This is my key to keeping my hands ahead of the clubhead. If I “drag” the club through but hit to the right, I didn't turn my body enough.
I have translated the 3:1 swing rhythm to a timed o-o-o-o-one, two! mantra. The backswing is not rushed, and the transition into the downswing is not rushed.
When I do these three things right, I hit a darn good shot.