Of all the sports I have played, I think that golf is one where its players do not adjust to change very well. Whether it is the rules or to their swing, change is not something golfers embrace with open arms. I often wonder why and I think that I found a solution that provides an answer to both dilemmas. I am sure there will be a plethora of other answers, but I for the beginners taking up the game, these answers might be helpful.
First are the rules. Although the new rule book published in three years ago did simplify matters, some of the rules still require a great deal of effort to understand. The rules of golf are not intuitive and many players do not take the time to read them through because it puts them to sleep. The focus on the minutia and the exceptions make golf rules a challenge to absorb. I know it is a challenge, but the slow process of understanding all the rules is a great idea. Personally, I have spent years learning the new rules and any change is a bit frustrating. However, it is part of being a golfer and I accept that it is important and get on with understanding the governing rules.
Having said that about the rules, I would recommend watching some videos. They are a quick way to get the major gist of the rules and refinement can happen over time. The golf rule resources are amazing now and reading a book is not always the most effective way to learn.
The next change that golfers hate more than the rules is a swing change. Many spend so much time honing their swing that having to make changes is frustrating and sometimes impossible (at least in their mind). A golf swing is very complicated with many moving parts, thus changing one thing causes a domino effect that can be frustrating.
This last line leads to the crux of my point. To make changes to any part of our golf swing, we have to have a clear vision on what we are trying to achieve. Then start working towards that end state. Along the way there will be frustrating times, but overall the desire to reach the goal must be greater the challenges along the way. If not, then no proper change can occur.
It takes persistent effort make any changes to your swing. After 45+ years of tinkering, I can say with certainty that some changes are more challenging than others, but it was worth the effort. At the beginning of each path to change, there was always a point were I wanted to turn back to my old style. Admittedly I did sometimes and regretted it. However as I became more experienced my desire to be a better player overshadowed the other frustration to change; change became easier because I developed a trusted plan and enjoyed the small successful incremental changes.
On a side note, golf is not always about change. If you are happy with your game and can accept the results of your score, then I say carry on. Change for the sake of change is not a good thing and usually never results in the what we expect. If you are happy, then keep doing what your are doing!
Most golfers hate change. Whether it is with the rules or with their swing, change is never easy. I acknowledge that adjustments are easier for some. Regardless of our skill level, if your desire to change is greater than the frustration of making changes, then you are well on your way to being a better player.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!