Is your handicap badly hurt by a pitching game that belongs to a much higher handicap.

So benchmark your performance:
From the 15 – 40 yard range how many shots do you take to hole out on average:
<2.5; <2.75; 3 or less; > 3; shots to hole out?

Low single figure handicaps
To be in this handicap range, from 15 to 40 yards, your average number of shots to hole out should be 2.5 or less.
That’s up and down every other time or better.

High or breaking into single figure handicaps
Too many golfers in this range get their pitch shot onto the green but don’t threaten the 3-foot radius around the hole.
You want to be getting up and down at least one time out of four.

Mid range handicaps (12 – 18)
You can play the pitch shot but with a limited control over the ball and occasional inconsistency of contact.
You average 3 shots to get down. This is an easy area to make handicap gains.

Higher handicaps (> 18)
You average above 3 shots to get down from this distance. You probably hit some shots fat and
others a little thin. Your shots will normally have considerable roll.
Every golfer should develop a technique to average 3 or less with confidence. 

There’s a lot of research that indicates that two-thirds of golfers are playing with a short-game handicap
that is worse than their actual handicap. If you want to shoot lower scores and lower your handicap,
this is an area of the game you should work on.