Unless you play at “Utopian National Golf Club” which is wide open, perfectly flat, and has no hazards, you will eventually have to hit shots from trouble. Even when I shoot a round under par, I’ll have 2-3 shots from the trees or a fairway bunker. And that’s a good round! Most golfer’s minds are programmed to think “the closer I can get to the green, the better I will be”. This often leads to a shot that hits the tree in front of you, goes into the trees on the other side, or results on a total mishit. When you’re trying to escape from trouble, your mindset should be “bogey is not bad; anything worse is”. Chipping the ball out to 100 yards is never a bad play.
The upside isn’t great because the chances of saving par are low. However, if you get over aggressive and play a poor shot you could be looking at 7 or 8 very easily. Remember; “bogey isn’t bad; anything worse is”. The next time you play golf think about these 3 things. Get to the course at least 20 minutes early, pay attention to the hole locations, and get out of trouble and back into play.