My middle game sucks to the point it's killing me EVERY time out! I've faced some facts:
1. I'm not going to drive the ball 250+. It's just not going to happen. So I'm content to put my drives in play at 200-230 on a real 'bomb.' I can fade, draw and hit a straight driver. This part of the game makes complete sense to me for some reason.
2. A decent short game is always the best way to keep one 'in the ball game,' so to speak. I don't 3-putt very often, I get up and down around 50% of the time and have an overall pretty good short game. Good distance control, can hit pitches high and soft or low and stop on a dime.
3. The middle game and why it's so difficult for me to hit a solid 7-iron, 5-hybrid or even a scoring wedge club more than 50% of the time is completely puzzling. And it's killing my game.
Last round this season, I resorted to hitting 7-irons as layup shots even on some of the longer par-4s because it was a better strategy than rolling a 5-hybrid on the par-4s or an even longer club on the par 5s. The other puzzling aspect of the mid-range game is I usually make good club selection and put a good swing on par-3 shots. Par 3s ranging from 120 - 170 are usually makeable par holes for me.
Put a ball in the middle of the fairway with the requirement of hitting the next shot 140-200 yards and my success rate is about 10% for even making anything close to solid contact and getting an 80% effective result.
Time for some lessons this coming spring.