Swinging at a golf ball that is well below the level of your stance, say in a gully or a ditch, should be a backbreaking business. The usual tendency is to get the club head down to the level of the ball by bending the knees, but this is wrong. What you should do is take a stance that is slightly wider than normal—which already lowers you a little—then keep your knees straight and bend your back until the club head can address the ball. Your knees should not bend but, on the other hand, they should not be rigidly stiff. Take the club straight back when you start the backswing and concentrate on bringing it straight down through the ball. Naturally, there will be certain restrictions throughout the swing, so you should hit a seven-iron, for example, when you want to get nine-iron distance. Do not worry about having to take a half or three-quarter swing at the ball. This is actually a help, for it reduces the normal tendency of this shot to hook or slice, depending on the lie.