I seem to hit a bad drive and then compound it by then proceeding to hit 3 or 4 bad shots in succession
Play the percentage shot based on your skill level when playing a recovery. If that means a chip out sideways or backwards, just do it. It's less painful than trying to hit an iron through a gap or under a low hanging branch and seeing it bounce back in the cabbage.
I was playing with a friend yesterday who plays off 23. He hit his 2nd shot 20 yards short behind a small line of trees. He had no real shot to the green and a poor lie, but he could have chipped it behind and past the line of trees and on to the next tee, where he had a clear chip on to the green.
Instead he went for a tiny gap, hit a tree and bounced in the ditch and took an 8. Cue much anger and club throwing 🤣