references only "shots" made to the green. I have his short game bible an the test he has for determining your "short game handicap" does not include any made with a putter o the green.
What this guy says has been true in my game. I still have the same short game, but my scores have only come down since my ball striking has improved...though I still think I could improve my short game a lot.
Often overlooked is the persons playing style. Some players hit it all over the course, and still manage to score well as they are more creative and great at recovery - think Seve or Tiger. Others are great technicians, and superb ball strikers, but lack the feel and touch of a great short game. So it is important to play to your strengths, and within the type of golfer you are, and manage your weaknesses. Too often in golf ( and in life ) people spend their time trying to make their weaknesses stronger, when there is only so far you can take it. We are better served if we play to our strengths, and get the maximum we can for our efforts.
Never quit til you have a swing you'll never forget!