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At a 20+ handicap, I'd agree with others that the most likely culprit is simply not so great and inconsistent mechanics, so some days a few of your swing flaws are worse than normal all at once and you get worse club head speed or more inconsistent contact or different/worse club head path and the like. But, I will say that variable distances can be an issue through the top ranks. I can't remember which pro it was, but I saw a quote from some pro recently (maybe in GD, maybe elsewhere?) who was talking about his warmup routine and he said that part of it was a disproportionately large number of wedge and high iron shots because his distances with those can change by as much as 10 yards day to day, so he needs to dial in his short iron distances for the day at the range. But again, as 20+ cap, I'd bet it's mostly a mechanics issue.
The chipping stroke always needs to make sure there is acceleration through the ball, especially in longer grasses. If you are slowing or hesitating it has a higher chance of getting caught or slowed by the grass. The way you approach the shot with your grip and face angle are less important. The weight being on your left side and hitting downward angle to the ball are more important along with the acceleration!
I get that it is true that the ball is hit at different points in the "C" depending upon the club. What I'm wondering is, what creates the higher "C" with a wood or driver that allows the club to clear the ground at the bottom? If the swings were absolutely identical, after all, the bottom of the C would catch turf every time. Obviously that isn't true, and there must be some physical reason for it. Is it the greater axis tilt? Something else?
I believe he as earned it as well, but I have never seen his as the motivator and guy that other players look to for advice. I think Phil is a perfect fit, he is able to get a long with everyone and relate to most all players. Tiger had always tried to keep things to himself and not share information, not saying he would be the same way now, but he doesnt have the reputation as being a guy that is a wealth of knowledge or willing to share everything he knows!
Now if we can just get the Ryder Cup qualifications to go off the OWGR and not tournaments played on the European Tour. It would make the Euro Tour fall even a little further below the talent level of the PGA tour but it would make it fair for guys like Rory, Rosie, and others.