Missing greens isn’t all bad. It depends on where you miss them. You can often get back in the hole with your basic pitch or chip. It’s the tough lies to watch out for the ones that test your finesse and precision.
And maybe it’s just me but every time I miss an approach shot and have to try to save par I need to carry a bunker a creek or a tier on the green. This is where the value of the high soft shot comes into play: It’s the perfect solution to clearing trouble and landing the ball softly and with a minimal release.
For us these bad lies are just as daunting as what the pros face. But what separates truly high-handicap golfers from low-handicappers and pros is how each group deals with these trying circumstances.