The best way to approach the situation illustrated here might be to put yourself into a trance. Every golfer tends to miss a high percentage of shots out of serious trouble, such as this one in which a tree limb is restricting the backswing, and all too often the reason for the miss is not the awkward lie but a failure to concentrate on execution. You begin to think about the tree instead of about hitting the ball. What you should do for any such shot is to take your position over the ball and try a tentative backswing. Once you have established how far back you can take the club, repeat the restricted swing over and over again—sometimes hitting the obstacle—until you are accustomed to swinging within the confines of the space available. Once you have done this, forget about the obstacle and put all of your concentration into the act of striking the ball firmly and properly. Even if you find that the club hits the tree on the backswing, you are now prepared for this and your unusual concentration will enable you to complete the shot.