And STILL has nothing to do with overall ability to score. What good is hitting long but its a long slice or a long hook? What good is long if you hit past the green 15 yards into a hazard? What good is long if you can't chip onto a small green or can't read breaks or can't putt? One of the best skills a golfer can have is accuracy, not distance.
The ability to score is heavily weighted towards proximity to the hole. If you tell a person, ok drop a ball on the fringe, or drop a ball 50 yards back. Which is an easier shot? Which one will allow the player to get closer to the hole on the next shot more often? Ask a person, what is easier, 200 yard shot or a 100 yard shot? Which one will get you closer to the hole? Its not hard to grasp, being closer to the green is a HUGE advantage.
This is also wrong. A good or average player would find it easier to hit a green with a pitching wedge but not necessarily a non-skilled player. A non-skilled player can't hit any club and I doubt that it matters what club is in his hand because he will screw the shot up with every club equally as bad.
Incorrect. Pitching Wedge is easier to hit because it has more loft and it is a shorter club. Why do you think a lot of amateurs say, "I can hit my 3 wood better than my driver". It's a shorter club, and it has more loft. A Pitching Wedge is already easier to hit because it's designed to be. A bad player will miss hit both, but they will miss hit a 7 iron more off line than a pitching wedge.