As a high handicapper I know I can save many strokes if I could get up-and-down more from around the green. The contact I make on chip/short pitch shots is just not consistent enough.
Lots of Youtube instruction now says to play the ball from around the middle or even forward in your stance, not lean the club forward much, and use the bounce. They say that playing the ball back in the stance, leaning the shaft forward, is risky because it is so easy for the leading edge to dig into the ground.
Yet when I watch TV golf the pros all seem to still play the ball WAY back in their stance from around the green. Why do they do it that way? Are they not trying to eliminate risk?
Another school of thought says that the FURTHER back you play the ball, the LESS likely you are to catch it fat. So who is correct?
I have tried both methods, but now feel I should pick one and really practise it. Which would be the easiest for me, bearing in mind that I don’t have pro standard hand-eye co-ordination, and that I don’t play on the manicured courses the pros play on?