Ben Witter – Golf Drive: Rip it 300 yards
As a PGA professional Ben earned the reputation as one of the game’s longest hitters and has been featured in top magazines like Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Ben’s lifelong dream of playing on the PGA tour was cut short by a diagnosis of a rare form of mouth cancer in 1988. It was during his recovery that he redirected his passion for the game toward teaching, coaching and sharing his knowledge and expertise with others. Now Ben would like to share his secrets with you in the RipIt 300 DVD Series. Golf is one of Ben Witter’s earliest memories. At the age of three Ben’s father and grandfather introduced him to the game that would eventually win him numerous accolades, place him in top magazines like Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest and others and ultimately save his life.Ben’s lifelong dream of playing on the PGA tour was cut short at the age of 23.
Newly married and just on the cusp of breaking in big, Ben found himself in the hospital, diagnosed with a rare form of mouth cancer. After a grueling fight with cancer in which he lost his jaw and more than 40 pounds, Ben was at the lowest point of his life. His day consisted of tapping his morphine drip over and over to deal with the pain. It was at this point that Ben’s mother came into his room, placed a sand wedge and a golf ball on his hospital bed and said, “You need to figure out your life.”The sand wedge and ball came to symbolize a new start. To distract himself from pressing the morphine drip, Ben began tracking how many times he could tap the ball off of the wedge. In time, he got so good nurses and oncologists would line outside his door to see the “trick of the day.” One oncologist took a particular interest in Ben and invited him to a tournament he was attending after Ben was discharged.That initial rained-out tournament where Ben showcased his trick shots to entertain the crowd, turned into additional invitations and offers that spanned more than 20 years of tournaments, coaching opportunities and contests. Ben soon became nationally known as one of the world’s greatest trick shot Ball Strikers and impressed golfers nationwide with a 409 yard recorded drive.
Since the low of his life in that hospital bed more than 20 years ago, Ben has redirected his mission into mastering the fundamentals and skills necessary to create extraordinary trick shots and is known the world over for his amazing drives.