You have driven into a fairway sand trap and are not only some distance from the green, but also have a poor lie. What can be done? Well, first, stay calm, for you have not necessarily lost a stroke. Assume that you are a seven-iron distance from the green, but the difficult lie indicates that it would be impossible to reach it with that club. Provided the lip of the trap will not interfere, use a five-iron and hit what amounts to a long explosion shot. Play the ball in its normal position between the feet, making sure you have a good firm stance in the sand so that you will not slip during the swing. Open the face of the club and take it back slightly to the outside, using a full backswing. Aim toward the left of the target, because you will be hitting a fading shot, and hit just as close behind the ball as the sand will permit. Hit hard with the right hand, but do not let the wrists turn over at or just after impact. A five-iron explosion hit in this fashion is going to carry approximately as far as a normal seven-or eight-iron shot.
This shot can be played with all the iron clubs, of course, just as long as you remember to use a club two numbers lower than you would normally hit. What's more, you can also get surprisingly good results, provided you are far enough from the green, by hitting the shot with a four-wood. The four-wood has a lot of club-head weight and passes easily through sand. Employ the same backswing and the same cutting action I have described above, with the right hand controlling the club as it hits the ball. Your friends may think you have lost your mind, walking into a sand trap with a wood, but the shot is not nearly as difficult as it seems.