Well that question really depends on how much time you have free, how much time to could realistically play the game and the amount of cash you are willing to spend on the game to ensure you take care of all the requirements you may need.
The game of golf isn’t like any other sport, everyone plays differently, different swings, different strategies, selection in clubs and the way you prefer to stand. Many people would tell you that you can’t made pro without a great looking swing, the swing is important yes, but definitely not a made or break aspect of golf. Everyone may have a different way of playing the game, which includes your swing.
From the moment you start to play as a beginner you start to develop your own swing and the more you practice the better it will become as it will start to become natural to you. A lesson or 2 from a pro would make a massive difference, but it’s not going to change your swing completely. The pro will be able to point out mistakes you making and help you adjust your current swing to a point where you are still unique, but more accurate.
The first step is to train yourself, get as much practice in as you can. Even professional players practice on a daily basis. Golf is not a game you learn, leave and still be a pro 2 years later. The game requires constant nurturing, which makes you a better player overall. As an amateur, get as much practice as you can. This will improve your game even when you think it’s just getting worse. Focus on what you doing, take your time and try find ways to improve. If you get to a point where it seems hopeless, get a lesson with a pro for some advice on making improvements.
Once you confident, which will come with time, you should go play a full round of golf, which will open your eyes to a whole new range of fields to improve on, but you would still be much better than you were when just starting. Once you have played a few rounds and kept up your practice, get your handicap rating. Make sure you keep every score card from the rounds you have played to give you a more accurate rating. Your handicap is your rating, be honest when providing your score cards. If you only put your best cards in you will have a higher rating, which means when you start playing amateur tours, you will be entered into a higher ranking game, which means you will not be as good as the other players.
On the course you will also be able to get professional help. This will allow you to play with a pro get his advice and learn from him right through the round. This is much different from getting help at the driving range as many new obstacles are presented on a course. Don’t rush yourself to get to a professional stage of golf. There is a lot to learn, which takes time. Set yourself goals and try to reach them. Being a pro player takes years and endless practice. Get your handicap down and more on to the new step when you reach a good level, which will be entering tours.