We often get people on the site who set goals to reach some sort of handicap threshold in a year.
Peruse this topic and you'll likely find some:
Well, "Irish Mike" Carroll of "Fit for Golf" fame (a few staff members are doing his program now) went from a 5 to scratch in under a year, and to a +1 in just over a year, and this past May he wrote up how he did it. First, he started with a poll… and then played and practiced more than the poll suggested:
He categorized his strokes gained/lost and had this to say:
He also said:
How did he work on his swing? Using the five "S" words of effective practice!
This allowed him to say (emphasis his):
All told, I encourage you to read the article.
Handicap Improvement: From 5 to +1 In One Year.
Interested in handicap improvement? Learn how I went from 5 to +1 in one year.
I am not going to meet this goal this year, as I simply haven't played much golf at all, and seldom on the back nine (where all of the birdies remain).
It's a bummer, as I set out to do this again this year, but oh well: I had a good year otherwise, and I look forward to playing a bit more golf next year.
Guessing the cost will be around $80-$100 for the length adjustment, weight change and new grip. Also probably will take 4 weeks (guessing).
I would for sure do it yourself or find a local shop to do it.