Most weekend players find the occasional sidehill lie with the ball below the feet as threatening as if it were a hissing snake. It is a nasty shot, to be sure, but the first thing to overcome is the psychological hazard. This shot can be played successfully. One of two things is likely to happen when the ball is hit: if the club face is closed at address, the ball will be pulled to the left; if the club face is square, the ball will fade to the right The happier of these alternatives, and the easier to hit, is the fade. The club must be gripped at the very end and the knees flexed sufficiently to bring the body about as close to the ball as it would be for a normal lie. The shot should be aimed to the left of the green. The backswing must be slow and fairly compact. I cannot overstress the importance of good balance. The weight should be kept on the heels and the head kept absolutely still throughout the swing. If the head moves to either side during the shot anything can happen—a shank, a top or even a whiff, which would unhappily force you to try the whole thing all over again. Finally, to help insure solid contact, it is necessary to stay down with the shot until well into the follow-through.
For this sidehill shot the knees should be bent and the weight firmly planted on the heels. The club is gripped at the very end and swung slowly. Since the shot will fade, it must be started to the left.