Last night I wanted to start a thread just like this but with a poll. Maybe we could get a mod to add a poll?
Anyway I've come to realize that one of the reasons my pitching game hasn't really translated that well to the course is because I am not playing the shot like I practice it. I typically practice pitching in my back yard. I'll just toss a box, bucket, hula hoop...whatever...to the middle of my yard somewhere and practice pitching to it from various distances, lines and lies. I have developed a pretty good feel for hitting the spot. Pitching in my yard is a little like pitching from light rough to light rough, little to no roll-out at all so naturally I'm picking my landing spot/target and focusing on that with little concern for roll out.
On the course yesterday after the fourth time I had a pitch roll too far and into the far fringe or off the green it dawned on me that my on-course focus for pitching is entirely different than what I'm practicing/training. On course I'm still picking a landing spot and I am planning for what I expect the roll out to be, I do try to read the green from my landing spot onwards BUT once I've set up I am focusing on the flag where as in practice I always focus on the spot. I think this is messing with my brain and my feel for distance is getting short-circuited. Anyways, towards the end of my round I had a few pitches where I made the correction, all the pre-shot planning stuff stayed the same but once I stepped up to the ball to make a few rehearsal swings all focus was on the landing spot and the results were much better.
I think it can work well either way but make sure you are consistent and committed to your method or you'll never get consistent results. You can either pick a landing spot then focus on the flag and trust your body to fly it to the spot with the correct speed and trajectory to get it to the hole or you can choose the amount of roll out and break you're playing for and then focus on your trajectory and landing spot and trust that the roll out will take care of itself.
I've read various teaching pros advocating both ways so I think it's just a matter of preference?