KEEP TURNING THROUGH IT
Here’s the problem when you have a firm lie for a little pitch shot: Your instincts stink. You feel like you need to get the leading edge of the club down and under the ball. But the big mistake on these shots is using the leading edge too much, digging, and chunking the shot.
I tell amateurs I play with to focus on the back of the clubhead, not the front edge. Take some practice swings where you feel the back edge of the club’s sole sliding through the shot. To promote this action, open the clubface at address and grip down a little. With the back edge touching down first, you improve your chances of scooting the face under the ball.
You also want to keep everything moving together. People tend to let their hands take over on these shots, but to make a consistent strike, you have to turn your body through. A good key for me is making sure I finish with the club in front of my chest (below). Then I know I kept everything together.