HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Everyone is different. I have been playing golf for 24 years and I still continue to learn, practice and improve. I was fourteen years old when I broke par for the first time and had been playing for eight years up until that point.
Some people can become proficient enough to break par in three years. For others, it takes ten years. Years isn't as important as HOURS. I calculate I spent around 7,000 hours before I learned to break par for the very first time. I spent another 22,000 hours practicing and playing golf before I even turned professional. That means I spent roughly 29,000 hours practicing and playing golf in a span of 19 years.
That sure does sound overwhelming when it is put like that. The fact is, I did a little bit, day by day, over a very long period of time. What I can tell you from experience is that the process for learning is more enjoyable than achieving any one goal. Learning to break par is just a small part of a bigger adventure. I have always enjoyed the process. By losing myself in my practice, I have been able to improve along the way.
If you are interested in developing a slow and steady practice for golf, then I am happy to help you. The big question is, what do you want out of the game?
METHODS FOR CHANGE
A properly executed golf swing is a counterintuitive movement. Therefore, it is a movement that must be learned for the vast majority of golfers who wish to see their games improve. To improve at anything, it is first necessary to build up your level of self awareness. Building your awareness for your body and club is critical if you wish to see positive change.
Once sufficient body awareness and strength is achieved through specifically designed drills, striking a ball proficiently becomes an effect. You then can allow the feelings that you train for to make their way into your golf swing so that movements flow organically and dynamically. Shot shaping, trajectory control and course management can then be investigated.