Luckily - I had my library card, and I discovered a treasure trove of golf books.
I checked them out, by the dozens, and was blown away.
Then I checked out VHS tapes on the game and watched them. Greg Norman, Jack Nicklaus, Kermit Zarley (I love Kermit!) and more were in my living room giving ME lessons... amazing!
After years of trial and error, I finally started to lower my score.
After college, I decided I would try my hand at becoming a PGA professional. I worked under Dave Brock at Oak Tree Country Club.
I enjoyed my time there, lots of free golf ...and I thoroughly enjoyed teaching the junior clinics during the summers. Imagine about 12 kids and one big "kid" on a single limousine golf cart blocking groups playing behind us. The closest thing I can equate this scenario to is "herding cats".
It's funny now, but one of those juniors was Kevin Tway ...and he just got his PGA Tour card.
I'm definitely not taking credit for his success, but he was in our junior group way back when.
The money wasn't great, there wasn't actually any money (similar to Carl and the Dali Lama), assistant golf pro's make peanuts instead of dollars. Literally, they pay you in peanuts (they even use those paper bags to put your "paycheck" in).
And that's how I got my start in golf.
Fast forward to today and I've got students around the world in every English speaking country on the planet (and even France!).