First I will start with an update about how I've been playing lately and my background. I like to keep it short and to the point:
-First learned how to play about 10 years ago
-Started getting serious about 4 months ago
-Since then played about 10 or 15 full rounds and practiced mostly full swing stuff. took 2 lessons on my swing w/ irons and driver
-Typical scores are in the mid 90's now. Lowest I've shot is 92
Played last Sunday and I'm consistently driving the ball 240-270 and landing it in or near the fairways. My iron play has also improved a lot lately and I was recently fitted for new irons.
Once I get level with the green and have to chip is where I start to just waste strokes. I don't have confidence in my chipping. A successful chip for me is just getting it anywhere on the green but sometimes that doesn't happen either. I had a buddy playing with me this weekend who literally only hit farther than me off the tee one time out of 18 holes and yet he shot an 83 to my 95 because once he was near the green he was almost always 1 chip and 1 putt from being done with the hole.
1) What is the best way to get better at short game? I have seen people who have 4 different wedges for different situations, but my friend who is the good chipper plays all his shots with his lob wedge. Do you guys get comfortable with one club and just use that for the majority of your chips? Is bump and run better when you have the chance to do it?
2) He suggested I get a shag bag. Any advice on if it's worth it or where to find these cheap?
3) How do you most effectively practice? I know some local courses have chipping greens but it seems like there are so many variables that every shot in a game is different than anything I have practiced. The type of grass surrounding the green, the speed of greens, the lie, etc.