Are amateurs being conned?

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As a forum user described, golf instruction has gone 'ultra high-tech.' Video, slow motion swing analysis, better equipment, etc. Nevertheless, amateur handicaps have remained unchanged for the past 20+ years. 'How could this be? This game can't be that hard.'

What do you think? Is there a 'conspiracy' by instructors to keep the game as complicated as possible - changing positions on fundamental swing aspects like where weight should be at address - in order to maintain the revenue stream tied to the golf teaching industry? Or is golf really just 'that hard' and despite technological advances, it remains one that is difficult to master?