On a hilly course you will frequently be confronted with a full shot that must be hit from a steep, downhill lie. This is a discouraging stroke to face, especially after a good drive, and demands some marked adjustments in the swing. An open stance is necessary, with most of the weight carried on the left side. The ball should be played farther back toward the right foot than usual. Since the shot will have a fairly low trajectory, a club one higher than ordinarily called for should be used—a four-iron instead of a three-iron, for example. The blade should be opened in order to help keep the ball from being pulled off to the left. The clubhead should be swung to the outside on the backswing, and the wrists must break very sharply. Thus the arc of the swing (solid red) will be considerably shorter than is conventional (dotted line). On the downswing the ball should be hit very hard and, though the backswing has been a wristy one, the wrists must not be allowed to roll over at or after impact. The head must be kept extremely steady. The best advice about such steep downhill lies is to stay out of them. You often can, by planning your play of a hole properly. If a driver off the tee will leave you such a shot with a nine-iron, it might be better to hit a four-wood tee shot, and a level five-iron to the green.