Most golfers become uneasy when they are confronted with a shot from pine needles. They usually attempt to pick the ball off cleanly, and frequently this results in hitting the ball too thin and not getting it up into the air. This approach to the shot is wrong. Instead of trying to pick the ball off the pine needles, pretend that it is sitting on fairway grass. The swing should be exactly the same as for a fairway shot. You can even hook or fade the ball off pine needles if the occasion demands, and a chip shot off them will have backspin just as a normal chip would. There are two things to remember: 1) take an especially firm stance, making sure that your spikes are set into the ground to prevent slipping, and 2) do not ground the club head behind the ball because there is a good chance the ball will move, which will cost you a two-stroke penalty.