HOW TO GOUGE IT FROM THE JUNK
Stand closer to the ball and choke up a few inches so the shaft is more upright than usual for the club you've chosen. Aim slightly right of your landing area and play the ball back of center. Also, increase your grip pressure otherwise, the grass will turn the clubface over and the ball will go left. Forward-press your hands so the shaft leans toward the target.
If you can see the top half of your ball, use your 9-iron (stronger players can use an 8-iron). If only a small circle on the top of the ball is visible, opt for your sand wedge.