I wasn't sure when would be an "appropriate" time to actually start paying someone to fix everything wrong with me but I have to say, this was the best money I've spent since I picked up a club. My grip I picked up from other people who told me everything I was doing wrong. My stance, I picked up the same way along with a few magazine articles. My swing, I got from a mixture of baseball and possible birth defects.
Within 10 minutes, he had corrected all of them to a more appropriate form and I was actually hitting a ball straight and in the general direction of where I wanted it to go. Within an hour, I no longer felt like a moron because it started to feel natural to me now and I was no longer stressing about "is this going to go over the top of the ball or drive into the ground before I even reach the ball".
I went immediately after the lesson to a local course and played the front 9 finishing 10 over with 2 doubles and 1 par. Nothing spectacular BUT I can see a serious improvement in confidence because my misses were all long (I was actually making good contact with the ball most of the time) instead of all right. It's a beautiful thing to pick up a 3w and know it's going to be somewhere in the fairway when you're done.
His parting words were to get ready to buy new clubs because I would need stiff shafts by the end of the year. I based all my previous purchases off of the distance I was getting per club and thinking I had an incredibly slow swing speed. Apparently my swing speed is actually rather fast, I just didn't hit the ball well at all (obviously).
For the other hacks like me who are actually wanting to get serious about becoming a better golfer, all the equipment in the world won't make up for someone who actually know how to convey information combined with an explanation to make it stick and then walk you through the steps over and over until you get it right. I'm playing 18 the next 4 days and then going for a follow up Friday and very optimistic that I may actually be able to consistently play an enjoyable round of golf by next year without the frustration of 1 good swing out of every 10 bad ones.