Spend 15 minutes on the practice green once a week rolling putts from 40 50 and 60 feet (common first-putt distances among mid-handicappers). Hit three balls from each length getting a feel for how big each chip-putt motion should be in order to lag all nine putts within that imaginary circle.
Worse yet you typically run into them following a soaring approach that just missed its mark. (Skulled shots don’t bury). Instead of “sweeping” “gliding” or “scooting” your wedge through the sand here you have to bury it.
Every round no matter how low your handicap may be you and every other golfer out there will make some less than perfect swings miss some fairways and greens and hit some really bad shots. I remind you of this because one of the wonderful parts of the game we play is that sooner or later we all face recovery shots from the trouble our poor shots happen to find.