One of the most common errors I see when students come to me for help with their chipping and pitching, is their distance from the ball. Majority of amateurs stand too far away when executing these short shots, resulting in inconsistent outcomes. Take a look at Luke Donald below.
In both his chipping and pitching set up, he is much closer and his shaft is more upright. This gives him optimal control of the shot and allows him to use the sole of the club more effectively.
So next time you're struggling with these shots around the green, stand closer, choke down and position the shaft more upright! Guarantee you'll see results!