So after another frustrating round - im really thinking short game actually IS my priority piece. Hit 9 GIRs today and shot 100. 3 putted 8 of the GIRs and 4 putted once. As embarassing as that is, it is actually not where majority of strokes were lost...(NOTE: Off the tee, only 1 Ball OB - every other tee shot was in fairway OR very playable rough with clear shot to pin or clear shot to good landing area on a par 5)
The disasters came on holes where I did not hit the green. On all approach shots that did not hit the green, I was (on average) 3-6 yards off (in two of these cases, that meant greenside bunker). In all of said instances today, I putted from off when possible but the majority called for some "other" shot...and that is where I start looking like a 22 handicap. Not exaggerating, from right off the green...everytime I had something in my hand other than a putter, I sculled / topped it and sent it flying all the way over the green (which in 2 cases meant into a hazard!) OR if I was lucky enough to stay on the green, I was looking at a 35-45 putt for a par which each time turned into a double bogey (3 putt).
SO, my question...obviously I was making a bad stroke in these situations, that is guaranteed (since I was sculling). BUT was I using the wrong club / type of shot? I have seen all the videos posted on this site with some great instruction and I appreciate that, but I just dont feel like im "getting it" yet. I can accept not hitting a perfect chip every time because I am just not that good BUT sculling every single one and unnecessarily adding 2-3 strokes per hole is crazy.
I was using either a pitching wedge or 9 iron, playing ball back in stance with weight forward and shaft leaned a little forward and just trying to keep it low and get it on the green and rolling towards the pin. In a few of these situations, the ball may have been just off green but pin was way in back, regardless I was sculling all of them.
I know some people would use a 56 degree for these shots but I have been trying to only use my 56 around the green if I absolutely HAVE TO pop it up in the air and get it to stop close (which lets be honest, I am not playing pga tour courses so that is rarely necessary). The irony is, with some instruction and help from this site that is now a shot I have been hitting solid EVERY time! (playing ball forward letting gravity drop club on to ball, feeling almost like using a paint stroke on the way down etc).
Any input is appreciated. What club do you guys use in these situations? And is there a common cause for these sculled chip shots? Thanks!