As the summer winds down, and we can begin to see the end of our 2011 golf season in sight, it is a great time to evaluate your golf game, and start making plans for next season, and how to play better golf.

One of the common myths among amateur golfers is that once the season ends, it’s time to put the stick-up, and move on to another hobby. Then, when the first signs of spring appear, we get the sticks back out, dust them off, and start getting our game back in shape for the golf season that is about to begin.

The problem with this line of thinking is that while most of us realize that our games could use some improvement (I mean, who doesn’t want to get better?), we approach our game improvement in the same way that many of us approached our finals in college; we wait until the last minute, and then have some major cram sessions. And if we are honest with ourselves, we KNOW that those cram sessions didn’t really lead to any lasting knowledge, and we know that our golf ‘cram sessions’ don’t really lead to any lasting improvement in our games.

If you study the people whose livelihood is there golf game, the touring professionals, you will see a completely different approach about making improvements to their swing, or any other part of their game. They get instruction in the fall and then spend the WINTER months working on making the changes necessary in order to improve.
I often get asked by students when the best time of the year is to take attend a golf school, and often they are surprised by my answer – the FALL.  Why?

Well, it’s the same reason the pro’s use the fall and winter months to make changes. When you get instruction in the fall, you then have plenty of time in the off season to practice new feelings and make positive changes in your game. By practicing and making changes in the fall and winter, you aren’t under the pressure of your regular league play, or your weekly foursome match, you are free to focus on your changes, and more importantly, you have the time necessary to make the changes permanent.

Going into this fall, I challenge you to change your thinking about when the best time to work on your game is, and start to think about your game in the same frame of mind that a touring professional does. If you do this, come next spring, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how your game “hits the ground running”.