My journey has been roughly 6 years in the making. Took about 10 years off after college playing minimally. Technically was a +1 when I started taking lessons 6 years ago but I was not a tournament plus 1. And my anti handicap was probably a 6 if I had to guess. as of last revision, I’m a +4.1 and probably a plus 2-3 tournament handicap. for me it’s been all about improving mechanics in the full swing and short game. Gaining 30-40 yards and being able to practice all I want with no pain has lead to more confidence and some decent tournament results. No wins...yet But a few second place finishes and quite a few top 5, 10, etc. If you want to get to deeper plus, you have to hit it better. Period. You can’t have glaring weakness in any part of your game but to compete on tougher courses in tournament conditions, improve your swing. It’s easier to improve the mental game when you are confident in your mechanics. I know some in this thread will insist you don’t need a coach/just improve your short game/know your swing/improve your preshot routine...I don’t totally disagree but I simply had to improve my mechanics. My old move was too hard on my body and I wasn’t long enough to compete at 6800 yards or longer.