The average American golfer is 50 years old and has played golf, on and off, for almost 25 years. They play once or twice a month, usually with a few buddies from work, and rarely, if ever, practice.
In no other sport would you expect to get away with this kind of lackadaisical approach. If you were a runner, you would run almost every day. If you were a swimmer, you would swim almost every day. But, as a golfer, you never practice and expect to be awesome when you are competing.
One of the best things you can do to improve your golf game is not to play more, but to practice more. Golfing lessons may be the best way to learn how to practice what you need to know to excel in the game.
There are several different types of lessons, most of which are unattractive to most players. The thought of going to see a golf pro for tutelage may make you seem important, but it is expensive and can actually destroy your game. Many golfers leave a week at golf camp or a series of golfing lessons with no idea how to swing the club. They have had their natural ability coached right out of them and are left with swing thoughts and odd movements that they can't put together into a real swing.
Another way to take lessons is by taking them online. Online lessons provide you the ability to get information without humiliating yourself, and also allow you to review the information repeatedly. Instead of hearing a golf pro tell you something once, you can watch golfing lessons online and have the information ingrained into your brain. Then, take that information out onto the practice range and turn it into muscle memory that will prove itself out on the course in the future.