1. Play the ball back of center. This will keep you from hitting the needles before you make contact with the ball, which will cause you to come up short.
2. Hover the club at address. Set the leading edge even with the ball's equator. The goal here is ball-first contact, and hovering the club helps.
3. Stand "tall" through impact. Keep your chin up and avoid lowering your chest on your downswing. When hitting it from the pines, thinning is winning.
4. Make a fast swing. An aggressive downswing "stretches" your arms, so even though you've hovered the club and stood tall, you'll still catch the ball solidly.