The worst shot possible to hit on a cold winter's day is the thinned shot.
If you thin the golf ball on any day it hurts the fingers, but is worse when it is cold. What is a thin? A thinned shot is a golf shot where the leading edge of the golf club has hit the middle section of the golf ball, causing the golf ball to shoot forward at high speed very low to the ground, resulting in a missed green as the ball tends to shoot too far through the green. This shot mainly takes place with irons and very often short irons and pitches.
Fault - The most common faults of a thinned shot are incorrect ball positioning and poor downward strikes to reach the base of the golf ball. Many golfers can also thin the golf ball by leaning back on the ball, attempting to scoop the ball into the air causing an upward hit.
Fix - Correct ball position is crucial when eliminating the thinned shot. If you work on the principle that the middle of the stance is where the short irons start, and the front foot is where the longest club is positioned, every golf club in between should move slight closer to the front foot as illustrated above.
Top tip - A simple way to check your ball position is to set up to the golf ball normally and then place another golf ball directly in front of your toes of the left foot and the same again on the right foot. Step back and check that the original ball is in the correct position in relation to the golf balls that indicate where your feet were. Once the ball position is correct, you can work on striking down and beyond the golf ball to encourage a cleaner strike and connection.
A top drill for a cleaner strike - Set up to the golf ball as normal with any iron you struggle to strike well. Move the golf ball about three to four inches further forward towards the target. Keep the golf club where the ball would normally be. The task would be to strike the golf ball cleanly by transferring the weight towards the target on the way down. Now this may take some practice at first. If you are not currently transferring your weight correctly, this drill will feel strange and a challenge to complete.
Once rehearsed and practiced, you will be able to strike the golf ball even if the ball is three to four inches ahead of the club head at set up. Once you have mastered striking the ball first and cleanly in the drilled position, place the golf ball back to where it normally would be positioned.
From this point, picture the intended impact point to be the same three to four inches beyond the golf ball as the drill had you practicing.