Replacing the whole club 3" forward (target side) of the ball on the grass is an effective technique for solid ball striking. This applies to full and short swings alike.
Start with the whole club centered on your body at address. The ball should be just ahead of the face. See picture:
This procedure can be used for all level lies and regular shots, full swings or short swings.
Then swing the club back and replace the whole club 3" forward or target side of the ball..
The motion produces an arc on the back swing and one on the forward swing. The latter is forward of the other. And preferably in the same direction.
The club displays part of the radius of each arc. One ahead of the other. The following illustrates the two arcs with the club as the radius for each.
The following pictures display this illustration in motion.
The examples are numerous and are all a result of the club's swinging properties. The phrase "replacing the whole club" is just different language that produces the same result as swinging.
Here are some additional images.
These are full swing examples but the technique is also very effective on chipping and pitching. Maybe even easier than the full swing due to speed. It especially helps the player who thins and chunks shots. The strike is very solid.
I encourage to you experiment with it. There is evidence of it in skilled player's swings and it could be your means to improve your own game.
Start with it around the greens, chipping and pitching. Be sure you are concerned with the "whole club" aspect. The club head only is a recipe for poor shots.
Then carry it into your full swing practice. If you've learned and can execute this motion of the whole club then put it into play. Enjoy.
All for a better game,
Credit for this technique and it's language should all go to Manuel de la Torre. World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame 2005.