Hone your ability to start the ball on line as often as you can. When I practice I have my son Eddie stand behind me on an extension of my chosen starting line. From this down-target view he can easily discern the movement of the putter the angle of the face and whether or not the ball starts on line.
Make your normal backswing then slam the toe of the club into the sand. And I mean slam it! Once you feel impact loosen your grip pressure allowing the club to rotate in your hands to a squared position.
And maybe it’s just me but every time I miss an approach shot and have to try to save par I need to carry a bunker a creek or a tier on the green. This is where the value of the high soft shot comes into play: It’s the perfect solution to clearing trouble and landing the ball softly and with a minimal release.