The two most important things to keep in mind when exploding from sand are 1) that the swing should be a normal one and 2) that the grip should be choked down somewhat at address. Too many people climb into a sand trap already paralyzed by fear and suddenly start doing things with their swing that they would never think of doing on the fairway. They stab or they dip or they lurch, and they leave the ball in the sand more often than they get it out. The explosion is much the same as any other shot, only your aiming point changes since you are trying to hit a spot in the sand some one to three inches behind the ball instead of the ball itself. Begin by picking the spot—perhaps marked by a discolored grain of sand—and concentrate as hard on hitting it as you would on hitting the ball. The shot should be played pretty much like a short pitch, with the ball off the left heel and the stance slightly open. At address you will have dug your feet into the sand one or two inches to insure a firm stance. This means the ball is that much nearer your hands than usual. You must compensate for this by choking down on the grip. How far you choke down determines how far the ball will fly. This is because distance is controlled more by how deeply underneath the ball the club head digs than by how hard you swing or by how far behind the ball you hit. For a long blast, therefore, you should choke down farther.