One thing I've learned on tour is, the best short-game guys not only have all the shots, they know how to pick the right one at the right time. Most golfers aren't so good at picking, even though they have fewer shots. Some love to hit the full-swing lob, pulling it out every chance they get (check out my less-risky alternative below, slide no. 2). Others don't trust their touch at all, so they putt the ball from everywhere. Somewhere in between is the best approach: Rely on a handful of basic short-game shots, ranging from high to low and short to long, and get creative only when you have to. In the photo above are four of my favorites. Read below to see how I play them.