As with a greenside sand blast position the ball forward in your stance—it helps the clubhead cleanly slide under the ball. A word of caution: Before committing to this shot take several practice swings to get a feel for the thickness of the rough and how the club reacts to it.
Your standard bunker swing can handle 90 percent of all bunker lies even when you have to deal with slope. When the ball plugs beneath the surface of the sand as it has in the photos above however your everyday technique is as useful as a blank yardage book. Plugged lies are nasty—there’s no way to sugarcoat it.
Over the years I’ve found that swinging the putter straight back and then down the line with the face kept square to the target through impact (call it a “linear” stroke) is the easiest way to start putts on the desired line. An arcing stroke can work but it takes a deft touch and better timing than Bob Hope.