I recognize that as a "high handicapper" I rarely make pure contact with the ball, if ever. I am able to make plastic balls spin and hop backwards when they hit, and have had some success now getting iron shots to "check" on the green, meaning, stop in a short distance, rather than just rolling off into the rough or worse. The thing is that this requires me to take a divot in front of the ball, and as the dry weather extends and the ground gets hard, my shots get more and more unpredictable. Is this normal? Should I expect this? Am I just not physically strong enough? Or am I just doing it wrong?
I feel like hitting the ball this way has both set my game back, duffing lots of balls, and moved it forward, I don't feel like I am being punished by a roll off for hitting the green.