The Yips And Quick Fixes
To date, I’ve had 558 golfers take my yips survey. Sadly, 15 people have said they “gave up playing due to the yips.” I don’t want you to be one of those golfers…
Here are a few recent solutions that golfers are using, once again according the survey:
“I just got the yips about 3 months ago. I just downloaded your Anti-Yips Putting drills and they worked on the practice green yesterday. Waiting to try on the course next week.”
“Sometimes a new putter or new grip will help temporarily, but I’ve not found any long-term cure.”
“Changed putter & changed grips. It’s only short putts 3 ft in that’s at issue. I have absolutely no problem with short putts on practice green.”
“I recently tried your drills and I found them great. I was too taken up with what the putter was doing. I use the claw grip, which helps but to look at the target, get my line and literally shoot seems to be making a big difference to my putting.”
Just yesterday, one golfer asked the following:
“What is the solution for overcoming the yips?”
Another golfer says:
“How come I can practice perfectly well chipping, but on the course it goes to crap!”
“Why aren’t some pros able to overcome the yips when money is no object?”
As you can see, most golfers want a quick fix to the yips so they change putters, grips, routines, and so forth.
These are the easy things you can change to get temporary relief, but often these quick fixes do not lead to a real, lasting solution.
Why don’t these quick changes last longer? If they work for a round or two, they should work for a long time, right? Wrong.
Changing grips or putters provides only temporary relief because it doesn’t address the read problem underlying the yips in golf…
The REAL problem is based on fear and some golfers don’t even want to admit this…
“I can’t be scared of missing a putt. I’m not a pansy.”
But missing a putt is not the source of the fear. The aftermath of missing a putt is the source of the fear.
In my theory of the yips, golfers tend to worry about:
1. If I can’t play to my ability, is the game worth it?
2. Will others think I can’t play this game if I can’t make a two-footer?
So the underlying fear is often about how under performing in golf is hurting your success or how others might view you as a golfer and person.
This might sound heavy, but it’s really not. I deal with this all the time with my personal coaching students.
What’s the solution then?
You won’t find one strategy I can give you, such as, “Focus on the process instead of the outcome.”
But when you combine several strategies together, you can make progress. When you make progress, you regain confidence. When confidence starts to return this can free up your putter. And a positive cycle starts.
And the yips in golf are not a disease… This is a myth: Either you have them or you don’t.
So here are 7 strategies I use to help golfers overcome the yips:
1. Free up the putter or chipping using the drills
2. Learn to focus on the process, instead of outcome
3. Build your routine to instill trust and commitment
4. Play golf for the “right” reasons
5. Understand the type of fear that makes you yip
6. Overcome the fear underlying your specific situation
7. Cope with any social approval issues behind the fear of failure.
Changing your putter won’t last. Changing your routine can help, but doesn’t solve your fear issues. Freeing up your putter in practice is a start, but if you can’t take that to the course, it will leave you dumbfounded.
You must embrace several mental game strategies to overcome the yips. Even then, you might get tense on one or two putts per round, but the results will be much better than before.
Overcome The Yips and Enjoy Golf!
Golfers, do you suffer from:
- Anxiety, tension and over control of the stroke or swing?
- Performance anxiety about what others will think?
- Inability to wing the club freely on the course, despite the fact that you can in practice?
Check out: Breaking the Yips Cycle
Golfers: Learn how to overcome the fear that keeps you stuck in a vicious cycle
Instructors: Learn how to give your students the mental game edge.
Coaches: Help your team members play with freedom instead of fear or tension.
What are Golf Psychology Students Saying?
“I Have Broken Out of The Yips with Short Putts”
“I wanted to tell you I have broken out of the yips short putt issues. I have won 2 of the last 3 competitions. Right now my putting confidence is sky high. I HAD the putt yips for past 6 years. I contribute the success to two of your drills. First focus hard on the hole, forget about all else. It took awhile to get the 100% focus, but I could see the results coming. Then your advice “Let go and trust your ability.” Immediate result. Wow what a relief. Having putted for so long under yip pressure, I now feel I can be put under extreme pressure to win the club championship. I now look forward to short putts.”
“Your Drills Made Sense to Me”
“I was pleased to find your website and tips to address the mental issues with the yips. Your drills made sense to me. Other people only tackled technique. That isn’t the problem with me as I can stroke them all nicely on the practice putting green. I can even hit the long ones on the course. I will keep working at it and thank you for your interest.”
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What are golfers saying?
“I Feel Like I’m Stealing From You”
“Patrick–something seems really weird here. You are giving out so much good material to help with the yips, and I feel like I am stealing from you! I really like your style! You don’t see that very often–ever as a mater of fact! You are an amazing guy!”
“What a Great Feeling of Freedom”
“I went on to the putting green right after receiving your mail. What a great feeling of freedom. No tense at all, smiling and more consistent than ever before. I have great rounds during the years, but you have taken me to a new level with you tips for the yips. I am very grateful – if you visit Denmark I will invite you out for dinner.”
~Søren Meinertsen, Denmark
Overcome The Yips With Expert Mental Game Coaching!
Master mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn can help you overcome your mental game issues with personal coaching.
You can work with Dr. Patrick Cohn himself in Orlando, Florida or via Skype, FaceTime, or telephone. Call us toll free at 888-742-7225 or contact us for more information about the different coaching programs we offer!
What are our mental coaching students saying?
“The Yips Program Has Helped a Lot”
“I write you because it’s been 6 months since I started the program Breaking the Yips Cycle. Before that I was putting with a long putt and due to the ban on anchoring I switched to a short putt and started your program. The yips program has helped me a lot. I have been able to focus on what matters instead of thinking about the outcome or fearing a yippy stroke.”
~Ricardo Abogabir C.
“I’m So Glad I Found You”
“I’ve had the yips for 30 years. With the anchor ban, I thought I needed to quit golf. It was frustrating hearing golf experts and commentators state that no amateur was going to quit golf because of the anchoring ban. Obviously, these experts don’t know anything about the yips. I’m so glad I found you. Your drills really helped. It might sound silly, but the biggest thing that helped me is knowing that the yips is mental. It might sound crazy, for someone to have the yips for 30 years, and not know it’s mental. I also believe I know my reason for having the yips, and I see how my insecurities in every day life contributed to the yips. Thank you for your help.”