Gardner Dickinson, one of the best sand players on the pro tour, spent several hours working with me recently and changed my style of sand play. I have always been a lucky trap player—not good, but lucky. I never stepped into a sand trap feeling certain I could explode the ball to within tap-in distance. Naturally this bothered me, but now I think those days are over. Gardner's theory is simple: set up with an open stance and with your head directly over the ball—not cocked behind it. As you address the ball, slump your left shoulder so that it drops below your right shoulder. This is the key. With the left shoulder there, you can take the club straight up and then straight down. Instead of taking the club back very low, take it up abruptly with the right hand. Then, instead of hitting several inches behind the ball, hit directly behind it. As you hit through the ball, keep your right hand working under the left—never let them cross. The ball will pop up and land softly on the green. This should take the "luck" out of your sand play.