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.
Most amateurs spend a big chunk of their practice time on dead-flat practice-range tees. They seldom practice from long greenside rough sand bunkers side-slopes or uphill and downhill lies. And I understand that. Why practice from difficult lies when you can’t even hit good shots from good lies?
Most weekend players get too caught up with what happens at the end of the roll. Making or missing putts largely depends on what happens at the start. The more putts you start on line the more often they’ll drop—and the more pars and birdies you’ll rack up.