Overcoming The Full-Swing Yips
The yips can drive your out of the game of golf. Standing over a five-foot putt knowing there is a good chance you will miss creates intense anxiety.
This leads to tension and over control of the stroke causing your to flinch or jab at the ball.
Imagine how difficult it is to play with the full swing yips! Yes, the yips can manifest in any part of your game.
The yips or even excess tension can affect your putting, chipping, pitching, or full shot.
The yips cause golfers to overthink and over control their strokes…
Over control leads to tension, the death grip, and wobbly legs.
The real fear: you are suddenly aware that everyone is watching you and the fear of embarrassment is overwhelming.
A game your once loved turns into agony when you have the yips and worry about how others view your game.
The yips are almost a taboo topic for golfers. Most golfers don’t even like to watch another golfer struggle with the yips for fear they may contract the yips by osmosis.
Henrik Stenson had a difficult stint with the yips. Stenson was touted as one of Europe’s most promising golfers as a rookie due to his skill with the long clubs.
But in the middle of his rookie year, the yips started… The full swing yips took what was once his strength and turned it into an unrelenting foe.
STENSON: “Driving the ball long and long irons were always the strong part of my game. When it all fell to pieces, that was the part I was struggling with the most. I couldn’t hit three football fields with my driver… I was in a pretty dark place.”
Stenson, now 40, has returned to being one of the game’s most consistent strikers and won both the 2016 BMW International Open and the 2016 Open Championship.
What helped Stenson to overcome the full swing yips and return to his successful ways?
Stenson had the belief that the yips were not permanent. He had the mental fortitude to focus forward in order to work through the full stroke yips. That doesn’t mean he will forever hit the ball straight and true. What it does mean is that he is in control of his play rather than the yips controlling his game.
STENSON: “It’s all about getting out of bed and keep working away and trying to be better. Sometimes you improve, but it doesn’t necessarily mean your results are going to improve over a period of time. But at some stage you kind of catch up, and you can get the rewards for your hard work. Given the ups and downs I’ve had in the past, it’s not like I’m going to get worried if I’m not producing the results I want. I’ve got patience.”
Tips for beating the full stroke yips:
What you believe, you will receive. If you believe the yips are an incurable affliction, you will either hate the game or retire from the sport.
You must stop searching for physical remedies and denying the mental part of your game. The first step to overcoming the tips is to accept that it’s a mental phenomenon.
Fear of failure and embarrassment are the main culprits, not your putter, grip or mechanics. You mechanics only change because of your mind.
Work to swing freely every shot of every round–that’s your main objective to overcome the yips…
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
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