Always escape from trouble on the first try—always! Escape into a better position than you would have been in had your previous shot not found trouble. It’s important to remember that the target for your recovery shot is as important as how well you hit it.
What a competitive golfer cares about most is starting the ball on line. To them that’s a job well done whether or not the ball finds the cup. Combined with a good read and proper pace starting the ball in your intended direction translates into a ton of makes whether you’re a major winner or a 16-handicap.
For consistency on this shot you need a very level golf swing and the ball positioned just past the bottom of your swing arc. The key is to pick the ball with solid contact without disturbing the turf beneath it.