Your approach to a shot like this totally depends on the type of course you are playing. Here in Southern California, a lot of our grass is kikiyu, which is not nearly as friendly to "bump and run" type plays as the harder links style courses in Europe. The grass is softer, hairier and has a greater tendency to "grab" or kick balls off line. Most of the time, I'll play my pitches or chips to land on the green, even if I have to flight the ball a bit higher. Which of course, works better with a premium ball.
That being said, I do agree with your general premise. The impact of the ball on most amateurs' final scores is minimal at best. A good ball striking day with a Pinnacle is going to be much better than a mediocre day with a Pro-V. I really don't think the ROI is there for amateur golfers to spend $40+ on a dozen golf balls, but hey, who am I to tell people how to spend their money?
This is pretty much spot on for my situations.
Agree, and probably not necessary to have a high spin ball, but anything helps even if only "mental".
Same here. If my putting were one of my strengths, I think I'd do the bump and run a lot more, but it currently is not.
I achieved this in our men's club tournament this weekend. I had 3 birdies, all of which came on par 5's and no doubles on any other holes.
Even with a relatively solid / penalty-free round, I still had to make two 5-6 footers to salvage 5's, including one on the last hole of the day. It's a tough challenge - for all of us except the super lower handicappers, we hit enough loose shots in a given round that it's relatively easy for a single hole to go off the rails.
Final score on the round was a 76. 3 birdies, 7 bogeys, 8 pars.
I assume you are landing a lot of those 8-9 irons on the fairway and bouncing them up to the green? I would say the majority of shots cannot be played with an 8-9 if you are actually trying to carry the green. So that means you need a pretty tight fairway to play it your way, in which case your's is a pretty good option. On a lot of fairways however you will get very inconsistent results if you land your short game shots there. Even a higher handicapper who plays on those courses will probably want to try and fly his ball all the way to the green.
That still doesn't mean you need a premium ball. If you hit a high pitch shot (not flop, just typical high) you would just plan on an extra few feet of roll out. That's fine I think, you'll still do pretty well.
Also, I personally find a wedge pitch shot using the bounce is about the same difficulty as a bump and run. I can flub the latter pretty much as often as the former.