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.
For us these bad lies are just as daunting as what the pros face. But what separates truly high-handicap golfers from low-handicappers and pros is how each group deals with these trying circumstances.
Don’t worry—you’re not the only one who struggles in the super-short stuff. Shots from tight lies particularly pitches requiring less than full power challenge golfers at every skill level including many PGA and LPGA Tour players. And for good reason—these are really difficult shots with a really small margin for error.