Whether you're trying to break par or shoot in the 90s, there's no textbook path. We asked a sampling of the teachers who rank No. 1 in their state (see Golf Digest's Best Teachers In Your State) to tell us the story of a student who has really improved during the last two years. We picked our favorite five; if you want to push your game to the next level, you'll find plenty of inspiration here.
Take the Oregon teenager who got a full ride to college after rebuilding her backswing and improving her playing mind-set. Or the retired New York City fire officer who learned how to turn his body, and now he's down to a 1.4 Handicap Index. Then there's the South Dakota state senator who stopped rushing through practice sessions squeezed into her busy schedule. She added some structure to her practice, and her scores starting dropping.
Whatever your goals, begin with an honest assessment of where you stand, and then find the right help. Check out Golf Digest's Make Me Better online improvement program and find a top teacher near you. Maybe you'll see yourself in one of the stories that follow. You might be the next great case study.