The greatest golfers in the history of the game wouldn't have gotten there if they didn't excel at the short game.
Golfers learn quickly that it's about developing a complete game and not just bombing the ball down the fairway.
Golfers have to not only execute great shots, they also have to think of them. There are times when good golfers see a shot 30 yards from the flag stick and would take a pitching wedge and land it softly within 10 feet of the flag stick.
But when a golfer is a good shotmaker who excels at the short game, he may see a chip shot that few other golfers would attempt.
Creativity is a big part of excelling in the short game.