Depending on the time of day you play golf, shadows can cause a challenge. I like to play in the morning, but have played in the evening enough times to know that shadows do make our club choices and line selection difficult. The greatest challenge, at least for my game, is while putting on the green. Even putting through the shadow of the pin and flag is a challenge for my game. Shadows can be my kryptonite on the greens. How about you?
The greatest challenge is to not let the shadows distract my ability hit consistent, solid contact with every club. For me, I have found a way to improve my play in the shadows. It is not a difficult fix, but does take time to build the skill. If you are wondering, here is a short video that hits exactly what I am talking about:
Focus seems like an easy fix and it is for most shots. I agree that picking a small target is very important, but refining my contact focus is more critical. I like the idea of focusing on a dimple instead of the edge of the ball (which I normally do). This edge sometimes conflicts with my shadow enough that it makes it difficult to hit my focus point. I think I will try the dimple technique next time I am in a shadowy situation.
Playing golf in the shadows can be a challenge. Having tools to combat this issue is always a good thing. Next time you are making a shot from the shadows, try refining your focus on your target and a dimple. It just might be the fix you have be searching for.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!