I'd appreciate some advice, and I'll try to keep this short.
So I'm 18 and I've been playing golf since I was 5 and really got into it when I was about 11/12. I have been playing in some low stakes tournaments for the past 6 years and I'm finishing up my last year and last season of golf for my high school right now. When I was younger I aspired to play collegiate level golf and to simply get really good. Being completely honest with myself, I have seen no improvement over the past 4 years (other than simply hitting the ball farther from growing taller) and I am pretty much stuck at a very inconsistent skill level of golf that results in scores everywhere from +18 to +5 for 18 holes. To give you all a better idea, I have put a lot of hours into this game and for many years tried very hard at improving my swing by studying the pros, filming my golf swing, and practicing on the range and course.(Yes I have given golf lessons a fair try) I am a student of the game, and I can feel that I can analyze any golf swing very well.
Obviously, it is very frustrating to put in thousands upon thousands of hours into an endeavor expecting improvement, but getting none. I have come to a point where I don't really enjoy golf as much (not that it ever gave me a great deal of genuine joy anyways) and don't enjoy competitive golf at all. I know that I will not be playing collegiate level, and will probably not even have the time to play that much golf recreationally during college for the next 4 years. Now, I am looking to take up strength-training and piano to replace golf (endeavors that will actually result in progress if I simply put in the time). My only dilemma is: what do I do with this sport that I have invested so much into already, and have gained so much knowledge about? Do I quit golf entirely? Should I just resign to my fate as a shitty weekend-warrior golfer? Should I try to make some money through some coaching on the side?
As you can imagine, I wish I had picked some other hobby back when I was younger. For a while, golf was a part of my identity. Now it is not, and I don't know what to do...