From the 2009 PGA Tour Season, here are some really interesting stats.
The Top Ten in Greens in Regulation had a combined rank of 99th on the Money List and earned an average of $1,046,825.
Top Ten in Driving Distance had a combined rank of 83rd on the Money List and earned an average of $1,480,866.
Top Ten in Putting had a combined rank of 73rd on the Money List and earned an average of $2,136,160.
The Ten in Getting Up & Down had a combined rank of 45th on the Money List and earned an average of $3,402,978.
It Seems like everyone should spend a little more time Chipping and Putting, doesn't it? IF, you are a PGA Tour Player, the answer is yes. IF you are an amateur golfer who drives the ball well and regularly finds the fairway, then also yes. IF you often have to hit a Provisional Ball from the tee box, or if you cannot generate the distance that you know you are capable of off the tee, then, Driving The Ball and your Full swing is what you need to work on.
There is no sense on ignoring your full swing and ability to get off the tee while grinding on your short game if you are chipping for bogey every hole. Everyone's game is different and a person's high or low handicap does not necessarily define how they have earned that handicap. Make sure you are giving yourself the best chance to improve by allocating your practice time properly to the differnt parts of your golf game.