There are 3 rules for choosing a short game shot, 1) Putt whenever you can, 2) Chip when you can’t putt, and 3) Only pitch when you have to. The decision to select one of the short game shots depends on the situation. The biggest mistake most amateurs make is automatically reaching for a lofted sand wedge.
You can improve your short game by knowing what shot is required and using less loft around the green. Practice with your pitching wedge, 9 iron and even your hybrid club, using a putting stroke, to improve your touch. Unless you are the world’s greatest chipper or pitcher of the golf ball, rely on less loft and save shots around the green.