This question was brought up by a member in another thread which I commented "many of the new modern players, miss the importance of becoming a student of the game"
This was in relation to the thread discussion concerning "The Average Golf Handicap Hasn't Improved for the Last 30 Years"
My comment was only one of my thoughts which may attribute to improvement for new and beginning golfers.
Hopefully this topic will generate some interesting comments which others may benefit and be a learning experience.
At some point in time, many have heard the expression "He's a Student of the Game"
Many of the great professionals have had Commentators remark about how a certain player is considered a Student of the Game.
These words are spoken as an achievement to a player who lives the game of golf in every aspect it offers.
It is the love of the game that one will ask and listen to others, and then experiment with these thoughts.
Through the game of golf, I have been very fortunate to make many friends and I have enjoyed many hours of listening and discussions of new and old clubs, playing different shots, playing the many courses and about the many different players I have golfed with.
I fiddle with my equipment, try different grips, re-shaft my clubs, grind the soles and bounce, play different brand equipment to feel and compare to what I play. I try to hit fades, then try to hit draws, then try to hit it straight and I do this with every club in my bag.
I talk with other players about their game and equipment and try to pick my Head Pro's brain when ever I get the chance.
Experience of others is a great teacher in it's self.
Then when I stand on the first tee with players, I wish them the best of luck and to play well.
When the round is over, we all shake hands and comment about what a remarkable day we shared golfing together.
My golf journey began many, many years ago and I hope it continues with Gods will that I have many, many more.