The predicament illustrated here is not uncommon. You are about 100 yards from the green but a low-hanging tree branch some 10 to 20 yards in front of you is keeping you from hitting a normal nine-iron approach. What is required is a shot that will carry no farther than a nine-iron, but start off with the trajectory of a seven-iron. Either club can be used—the seven-iron by choking down on the grip and then hitting the ball almost normally, or the nine-iron. I much prefer the latter, but certain swing adjustments are necessary. You must shut the face of the club, move the ball back toward the middle of the stance and keep the hands well ahead of the ball. This has the effect of reducing the loft of the iron. Finally, place all the weight on the left side and leave it there throughout the swing. The result will be a firm nine-iron shot that has the normal amount of bite, but one that takes off low and gets under the tree limb.