First time post, from a long time lurker. I think this is an ongoing debate on this forum.
I believe I have a fairly solid golf swing as I've been playing for a long time (see here), but right now I have an absolutely terrible short game, especially around the greens.
2 years ago I bought Stan Utley's book's short game book to try and improve my sort game, especially my chipping. I've also watched Mickelson's short game DVD. Both of these guys promote the hinge & hold method (see also here). But I think my short game has become substantially worse by using this technique. I'm thinning chips, duffing chips, and I no longer have any confidence in making solid ball contact.
After much frustration I decided to watch the chipping section on David Leadbetter's old short game DVD yesterday. I think it's excellent: much simpler, more like putting (with the putting grip) and less margin for error. In fact, Leadbetter's method was how I used to play a chip, the same thing I learned years ago when I read Dave Pelz's book. In fact I had much more success back then, so that now I think I have to return to that method.
It made me think - perhaps Leadbetter's/Pelz's chip-putt method is a far easier technique when, like me, you don't have the time to put the hours in around the practice greens. Mickelson/Utley's method is more for the low handicapper that has the time to get it right, and the confidence to make good contact.
What do you think?