North Carolina Golf Instructor Reveals Why "Common Golf Knowledge" Might Be Ruining Your Game

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Writer Lee Collins interviews golf instructor Ben Throckmorton about his recently launched Golf Myths website, This new site focuses on exposing "common" golf knowledge that could be harmful to your golf game.

Ben Throckmorton is making waves again. The author of the ground-breaking interactive, multimedia golf tutorial, "How To Break 90 in 3 Easy Lessons" (, has launched a brand new website that he says, “will transform the way you think about golf instruction and how you apply it to your golf game."

"There is a lot of well meaning golf instruction in the market place today that simply will not help your game; in fact a lot of what's out there will hinder you as you try to improve your golf," Throckmorton stated in a recent telephone interview. He continued, "the focus of my new site, (, is simply to identify this mis-information and to let players know, not only what the myths are, but why these myths are not true." "I want players to be armed with the knowledge that even though well meaning, a lot of what you read in print and see on TV is just not helpful."

Controversial? Probably, but Throckmorton thinks the positives of the information he is putting out at will far outweigh any industry fall-out that he might receive from those instructors with stepped-on toes.

"When David Ledbetter, Rick Smith, or any other of a host of golf instruction gurus tells his touring professional student to "delay the rotation of the left hip", or to "increase the width of your swing at the top", "or to "delay your release as long as possible", or any other "flavor of the day" type golf tip, you have to realize that he or she is talking with someone who is a professional, who practices hours on end, and who has an unbelievably acute feel for their golf swing." "Not to mention, this person plays golf for a living." "This is a completely different scenario than trying to teach a low, mid, or high handicap player or a beginner." These types of tips can absolutely wreak havoc on your golf swing and at, I'll show you exactly why."

"Golf is a difficult game to play at the highest levels", Throckmorton continued, "but, having said that, it is not a complicated game." "Until you change the way you think about playing the game, change the fundamental way you look at golf instruction, and realize that you have to forget mechanics, you'll never realize your full potential as a player."

"Forget mechanics?", I thought to myself when Ben paused, "that's all I think about!" My mind began racing; "Start the club back online, turn don't sway, pull down with the left hand to start the down swing, transfer my weight to my left foot, roll my wrists at impact, head behind the ball.....YIKES! What have I done to myself?"

In a little over 15 minutes on the telephone with Ben Throckmorton, I had finally realized why in 15 years of playing the game, my handicap has never gotten better than 25.

"It’s sad, but absolutely true that thousands of people quit the game we all love every year." Ben stated, "mostly out of frustration and if you fall into this category believing that mechanical tips, swing analysis, and pounding golf ball after golf ball on the driving range are the answers to your problems, you are destined to be frustrated forever." "Golf should be fun not frustrating and when you forget mechanics and start playing the game via feel, it will be fun and you'll shoot better scores."

Obviously my next question to Throckmorton was "how do I do that?"

Ben quickly responded, "First you have to be able to differentiate fact from fiction and that's what is all about." "Next, you have to forget all the theories, mechanical thoughts, and myths, focusing only on what is important to your game." "That's right, your game, not Tiger's, not Phil's, not Big John's but yours."

"Focus on the things that are important for you to play well." "Focus on swing path and the moment of truth..Impact." "Tie those into your target and you're on your way to longer, straighter shots, and lower scores."

It is obvious to this writer that Ben Throckmorton has a true passion for the game of golf and for those who play it. I found our conversation to very engaging and informative and I found Ben's writing to be insightful, thought provoking, and helpful. If you enjoy the game of golf as much as I do, I would recommend that you check out and sign up for Ben's free report which exposes several common myths of the game. He will also answer your emails personally which allows you the option of getting to know Ben in a one on one setting.

By the way, my handicap is down to 18 and I'm loving life.


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