Even guys with magical short games and amazing recovery skills like Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods understand there are some shots that just can’t be hit close to the hole.
They pitch out of the trees sideways, they play away from the pin and hit low risk chips they know will finish 15-20 feet from the hole.
Why do they do this? They are the best in the World. What is obvious to the best in the World that escapes the weekend duffer?
The best in the World realize there is no good way to hit the shot. It’s not even about risk and reward because the best will take a risk for a great reward.
It’s about knowing there is NO reward and great risk. Why take a chance of duffing it right in front of you when if you hit a miracle shot, it is going to end up 15 feet anyway?