With your weight favoring the front leg at set up, play the ball slightly back of where you normally would for your chosen club. This promotes ball-first contact.
Stay in it to win it. If you peek or lose trust, you will thin or chunk it.
I feel like I am chasing the ball down the fairway to ensure I stay in the shot. The tendency with this situation is to rise out of the shot, which may skull the ball down the fairway.
Hybrids are a great choice with wide sole, allowing you to pick the ball clean off the sand. I like to use my irons with a focus on striking down and through. The through part is key. Many quit at the ball and wonder why it goes a few yards up the fairway.
So, the next time you are presented with a sand divot, go ahead and try a hybrid. And the next time, try an iron. You can determine which club you prefer with this pesky little shot.