Everybody is different. I didn't have much trouble at all hitting a golf ball fairly well from day one and could score fairly well. Of course I wasn't using anything that resembled a golf swing. Just the same baseball swing that I had hit at least 200 balls a day with in my batting cage for years and years. I just thought of it as hitting a line drive or a fly ball to center field.
I understood what made a ball curve either right or left and just thought of my club face as a ping pong paddle or a tennis racket.
I only played because I thought it would be something fun to do with my son since he was no longer playing baseball in college and he wanted to play golf. If I hadn't been pretty good at it immediately I probably wouldn't have played very much and may have even quit altogether.
My son and I practiced and played ALL the time. We hit our drivers down into the hay field until we got tired and then stood about 100 yards apart and hit the ball back and forth to each other for hours and hours anytime we weren't on the course (and we were on the course a LOT). We put an old mattress on the wall of the barn and would hit balls until late at night.
The club we joined had very few members and on the average day we might see only a handful of other golfers on the course in the money game at 12:30 and on days they didn't play we were the only ones out there all day. We were able to play every day during the week and from daylight to dark on the weekends getting in 4 or 5 rounds a day.
I had the same problem I've had in every sport I ever played. Way better than I should have been at first but not very much improvement and stalled out pretty quickly. My son was just the opposite. Not very good at all at first but has steadily improved over the years and he is a +1.5 now.
I don't keep a handicap but if I did I would probably have a hard time keeping it around a 5 or 6. Too many swings in my scores. When it's good it's really good and when it's bad it's awful.
Edited by MS256 - 3/25/13 at 1:09am