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.
Truth is I would have been happy with a two-putt which is my goal on anything beyond 30 feet. While the Tour average for three-putting from beyond 30 feet is a mere 3% it’s more like 18 percent among recreational golfers— six times as likely!
Once you’ve established how much danger is inherent in a particular lie you can develop the proper “smart” mindset for that particular shot which will go a long way toward at least minimizing potential disaster scores. Here are a couple of reliable tenets for smart trouble play: