If ever there were a case of too much too soon, the experiences of Jamie Elson during his first and only year on the European Tour act as a pertinent example.
The Warwickshire youngster had it all: The stylish sponsored car, the world's best management company, his best mate carrying his sponsored Callaway clubs and designer clothing labels lapping up his every word; such trappings, rightly or wrongly, are no less than what one of the country's brightest golfing prospects should expect in the sport today.
Importantly, and unlike some, Elson also had an enviable amateur record that backed up his lofty reputation.
He was an integral part of the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team that secured an emphatic victory over the United States in 2001.
It was a particularly sweet win for Elson, who remained unbeaten in all his singles and foursomes matches, because he studied at Augusta State University for four years, where he reached No 2 in the US Amateur Rankings and was twice named the college's sportsman of the year.
What has happened to him since he left the States has been rather difficult to explain but it started with a dip in form, a slump not helped by recurrent injury and inconsistency which unsurprisingly manifested in him the odd shred of self-doubt.
However, with the worst elements of those sporting demons behind him, Elson is predicting that the 2008 season on the Euro Pro Tour will see his rebirth.
He has only one aim in sight: To win the right to have a second bite at the European Tour cherry in 2009.
When that time comes for the 26-year-old whose hometown club is Kenilworth, he believes his ill-fated first tilt at high-pressure professional golf will leave him much better prepared to deal with its demands.
"In your rookie season you are always going to make mistakes," he said. "I was too eager to get started when I wasn't playing my best golf.
"I travelled all around Australia, Asia and South Africa and then, when the big-money tournaments like Wentworth and the French Open hit in the middle of the year, I was a bit burnt out.
"It's easy to look at the Order of Merit and see people winning money all the time and thinking 'they are getting away from me, I need to catch them up', but if you are not on top of your game you can't be afraid to take a few weeks off to practise and go back more confident.
"It doesn't matter how many people warn you against playing too much, until you have actually done it for yourself, that's when you realise how important it is.
"You can't tell someone of 22 to take a week off when he could be playing for a £1 million purse.
"That person is just going to think 'no, I want to play', and that's what I did."
It is easier said than done, of course, but Elson also concedes that, having finished well in the States and with the momentum to carry him through the Challenge Tour season which included a tournament win, it was his failure to duplicate all the positives about his game in Augusta on the main Tour.
Now, with his wrist free from injury and with his fingers crossed that it remains so, a change of scenery has already reaped some benefits.
It's not quite Florida but affluent Surrey is probably England's equivalent.
Elson has recently moved to Chertsey where his father, Pip, a former European Tour professional himself, is the director of golf at Burhill Golf Club in Walton-on-Thames.
Access to first-rate practice facilities has slowly helped the prodigy return his game to the level he and his admirers have grown to expect, but it is the way he has gone about getting it there self-discipline and determination were not in short supply which has been most impressive.
His simplified methods could also serve as a lesson and give hope to thousands of amateur golfers across the country.
"I haven't had a coach since I have been back in the UK, so when I lost my form I did not really have anyone to turn to," Elson said. "You can get advice from a lot of different people but unless they are all pointing in the same direction it is easy to get confused.
"My dad obviously taught me how to play golf but he doesn't really coach me.
"I have always been a natural player and when I lost that form I don't think I had the technical foundations to fall back on.
"For the last six months I have been trying to put that right and have studied my swing a lot more and bought a couple of very good books.
"I have just found a method in these books which I agree with."
For those interested in buying a copy of Elson's self-help manual the publication is Tiger Woods's How I Play Golf, available in all good bookshops; the book's author, apparently, is half-decent.
"There's nothing too complicated about the way I have gone about it,"
Elson said. "I copy parts of his swing because I think it is the best in the world.
"I stick a camera behind me, play some shots and come home in the evening and compare my positions to the ones in his book.
"It's as simple as that and it is easier for me to work like that at the moment than it is to have a coach standing behind me and having to put my trust in someone else."
After injury blighted his Challenge Tour season last year, a season on the Euro Pro, a 15-event campaign which gets under way in mid-April, represents something akin to a back-to-basics approach itself for a golfer who has played in some of the world's biggest international and invitational events.
Obviously, the League One level of professional golf does not offer the same financial incentives of the Premier League that is the European Tour but what is encouraging about Elson's new-found stance is that the lure of the big buck that perhaps blurred his focus the first time he was in the big time is no longer such a draw.
Although the financial rewards are significantly less on the Euro Pro, the standard of golf is still high and the personal goals that Elson has set himself would be exactly the same were he teeing off alongside a rookie as they would Ernie Els.
"All I can ask is that I make the most of myself, and then the rest will take care of itself," he said.
"Yes, the Euro Pro is a bit of a step down but there are still some quality players at this level and there's decent enough money to be made [£10,000 per tournament win].
"Obviously, I have got to pay my mortgage and stuff like that but I am trying not to worry about money at the moment. I just want to get my form back.
"During my amateur days there was no financial pressure on me and I was never worried about what could go wrong. That is when I played my best golf."
Much of his best golf was also played at Kenilworth's picturesque 18 holes, a course he still calls home.
He often played alongside one of his closest friends, Richard Logue, a decent golfer himself, who later became his caddie.
Unfortunately for both parties, bar the occasional blistering low round, the potential of the partnership on their debut Tour season was not fully realised.
Elson finished 152nd on the money list and, after failing to secure his card for the 2005 season, was forced to drop down the leagues; in contrast, Logue stayed in the bag-carrying business and secured some very profitable work with Anthony Wall, one of England's most consistent players in the last few seasons.
His current employer is Michael Lorenzo Vera, a great prospect who won the Challenge Tour last year.
When, not if, Elson returns to the Tour for his second chance, he is not ruling out the possibility of a reunion with his old friend and providing a solid financial future for them both.
"I would like to think that could happen," he said.
"He was very loyal to me but he is a loyal bloke, who has really improved and done well over the past couple years.
"I am delighted for him. He got a great job with Anthony Wall and he is still doing well with Michael. It would be nice if we could hook up again."