I started playing at 35 years old in 2009 - I was 195 lbs (50 lbs heavier than I am now) as a beginner. With my 2.5 rating and no previous sports experience - I was told that I was never going to be a 4.5!
Well - I had faith. I took action. I hired great teaching pros. I followed their instruction. I practiced. I read and studied. I learned from my opponents. And my partners.
In 2017 - just 8 short years - at the age of 43 I became a 4.5!!!