The short game not only helps you score or get out of trouble, it also simulates any flaw your may have in your iron game as well.
Any good ball striker you see has a great ability to control the low point of his or her swing. That is crucial for that “ball first” contact. You have to be consistent in swinging on a fixed spine angle on all of these shots. If not, you will either hit very thin or very heavy golf shots.
Start with the basic chip shot. You have to have an angle of attack that is not too steep nor too shallow in order to get a consistent roll out on your ball. This concept holds true for all shots you will have on pitch shots, punch shots, and full swings. The only difference is that on a full swing, it is hard to see exactly how the ball reacts since it a greater distance.
Are you usually too steep or too shallow in your short game? Only you can be the judge.