Interesting thread topic.
I've played golf for 27 years, including playing competetively at the junior, high school, and college level. I really, really love golf. I enjoy playing and I enjoy playing well when I do.
I came to this forum because I love golf and love talking about golf, but I don't get too much involved in the "how to swing" threads. I've never posted a "my swing" thread. I've got some ideas about how to play golf well, and I've learned a lot here, but I just don't get all that involved in that aspect of it.
I haven't taken a lesson since I was in college. I hated competetive college golf, and I quit playing for two years after I quit my golf team. I play as often as I can, but I don't "work on my game" in the traditional sense. I might get a tip here, work through it a bit in front of my mirror, and hot 40 or 50 balls on the range before a round--but other than that I'm "working through" things on the course. I pretty much just play golf.
Maybe. I'm fairly certain that if I "worked" on my game, to include taking some lessons and ingraining the changes, I'd get better. I could be a pretty solid scratch +/- 1 on just about any course--maybe better. But that's what I hated about college golf: hours on the range, struggling to get better, etc. Golf is fun for me. Range work is not. If I knew that I could get some good tips in 3 lessons and work on it for a month and shave 2 shots, then yes--I would do it. The cost wouldn't be much of an issue if I knew that I would get the results. But that's not how it works, and I've got neither the time, patience, or inclination for an open-ended obligation to "work" on my game.
I can actually isolate 1 aspect of my game that could easily benefit from 3 lessons and a month of practice: 60-120 yard wedge shots. I guess if I had a decent practice facility near me, and time to dedicate to it, I would do that.