I feel like the old issue is completely solved. That being... my inability to come to the ball from the inside. I used the drill Peter mentioned of putting a tee down 8 inches behind the ball, and then hitting. It made the swing not so OTT, but the clubhead was still getting outside the hands... and the shaft was nowhere near in line with the trail arm when looking DTL.
I took my video home, watched it, and started watching some videos of pros. My hands would trace a straight line from where they were at the top of the BS, to the ball. Pro's hands would immediately drop down 6-8 inches, and then track a straight line to just inside of the ball. I know all this, but I just couldn't get it to happen.
So I went to Hogan and found my answer. Page 87 or 92, I can't remember... but here it is.
I was working on plane when it was absolutely impossible to get on plane by not moving my hips enough first. It was pushing a square peg into a round hole. Fortunately, find the root issue has be back on track.
However, now that I have the hips turning first I feel like I may be overdoing it. I can't get the club to consistently strike the ground.
What are some common issues in whiffing the ground or topping balls? I feel as though I'm either sliding the hips far too much, and when I "reverse-C" the bottoming of my swing becomes far too much in front of the ball. Or my left wrist is cupping slightly before impact. But I'm not sure. Just theories as I slowly move my swing through the positions. Any ideas?