Worse yet you typically run into them following a soaring approach that just missed its mark. (Skulled shots don’t bury). Instead of “sweeping” “gliding” or “scooting” your wedge through the sand here you have to bury it.
That’s all there is to it! I find it helpful to swap fearful thoughts (It would be awful to chunk this) for finesse ones (Just “kiss” the grass). Embrace the moment and be smooth. Oh and your lower body should work just as hard as your upper (weekend players tend to “deaden” their legs around the green).
According to studies I’ve done using PGA Tour ShotLink data you’re six times more likely than the pros to three-putt on long lags. That number should scare you.