I just happened to replace mine this weekend. It's pretty easy. Note the hex-shaped stamping in the center of the guide. I had to scrape a bunch of dirt and crud off the old one to even see it, much less get a wrench on it. Use that to loosen the old and screw on the new. I removed the entire cutting assembly (four bolts on the top of the housing) for a better way to steady the moving assembly, but I'm not sure that was necessary if you use a vice gripe to lock the assembly as you unscrew the guide with a socket wrench. If you do remove it, make sure the belt is properly in the pulley when you bolt it back on.
I don't know why yours wore out so quickly, as mine took three or four seasons for ground friction to cut a circle in the middle, leaving a 1.5 center on the trimmer and the bowl on the ground.