About 43 percent of all your strokes occur with a putter in your hands. That's a hefty proportion, considering you have 13 other clubs in your bag. Maybe it's time to cut that percentage down and start making more putts.
Now that greens are generally smoother and faster than ever before, it's crucial that golfers possess a soft, deft touch with their short clubs to successfully handle superfast downhill pitch and chip shots.
To launch a good wedge shot, it's important to strike the little white ball (with the dimples) before you hit the big green one (the earth). And since every swing has a bottom to its arc, you need to position the white orb just behind it, so that your contact goes "white-then-green"—not vice versa.
If you can learn to see the golf course in a slightly different way, and learn to choose more appropriate targets when you're hitting from trouble, you can eliminate the majority of disastrous blow-up holes that inevitably find their way onto your scorecard.