Not every golfer will experience the putting yips during a career. According to Wikipedia, Mayo Clinic researchers found that more than one-third of all serious golfers have had the yips at one time. Long-time golfers, who have played for 25 years or more are more likely to get the golf yips. That’s a pretty big number, but at least half of all golfers never experience the yips in their career.
And you don’t want to assume you have the yips after having a poor putting round. Most young golfers do not get the yips because they are fearless and put with a child-like mindset. What might the yips feel like if you have them? Many golfers describe that they make a stabbing motion at impact. I call this a “hit impulse.” Other golfers use terms to describe the yips, such as twitching, jerking, or flinching with their stroke or arms mostly near the impact zone when the club gets close to the ball.
If you just feel tense when you putt, I would not classify that as the yips. Muscular tension is when you feel tight in the arms and do not swing the putter freely. Your tension can come from anxiety about missing or worry about not playing well and embarrassing yourself. I thin when this gets extreme, it can turn into the putting yips. But most tension in the putting stroke does not turn into the golf yips.