|These stats above from Shot Scope/ Golf Monthly show the up and down expectation for different handicap ranges from different yardages. Notice the huge drop off when the distance off the green increases by 10-20 yards extra.
What I draw from this is regardless of your handicap range if you miss a green by 20 yards don’t expect to get up and down. For higher handicap ranges just hitting the green is often good enough. I would also stress that your ability to hit longer shots closer to the green is so important as the drop off in percentage is quite stark.
My tips for improving your up and down percentages are:
1) Know your iron distances to get closer to the hole
2) Experiment with different clubs around the green in practice
3) Make sure you do practice!
4) Remember that sometimes just hitting the green is great
Lee Wilson, May 2021