Let me preface this by saying, this is actually a serious question. Given a constant pin location say in the center of the green - WHY is it better to hit the ball past & spin it back than to hit it short & let it run out ? Seems the overwhelming consensus among professional golfers is to spin the ball back. I just don't understand why this is ... whats wrong with letting the ball run out ? Is it easier to judge spin than runout at the pro level ?
I know there are alot of factors that define where to land a ball on a green - it often depends on the pin placement, slope, firmness, etc. I don't get why most better players like to spin it back when given the chance when a runout would seem less risky ? I know high hcpr's like myself have spin envy, but seriously what gives & why is spin such a vital part of the pro game ??