Why Practice is so Easy, But Confidence Can Disappear Quickly
Today, I answer two questions from golfers about overcoming the yips…
One golfer recently wrote the following:
“Practice is just as easy as before. I have full confidence, but I flinch when it counts on the course. I really don’t know the answer, but I’m trying a very loose grip and making a little progress.”
For most golfers, they can make putts or chip shots readily in practice. However, when they hit the course, they tighten up and flinch.
If you have been following my tips for a while, you already know why this happens with the yips…
It becomes more important for you to succeed on the course when your ego is on the line. Fear of looking stupid or not playing to your potential are often the culprits for golfers.
In the yips cycle, fear causes you to over control the putter or chipping iron to the point that you jab or hack at the ball–it feels like a spasm.
Thus, you have confidence you can make a good stroke in practice, but then–based on experience–no confidence you can make on the golf course.
Changing your grip pressure might bring some immediate relief because it’s something new to focus on, but it does not lead to long-lasting on-course changes…
Another golfer asks:
“What makes your method for dealing with the yips different from others?”
For starters, I don’t use hypnosis, visualization, or tapping (EFT) to help you solve the yips…
My method is more about exploring what’s the source of your underlying FEAR of missing. Remember, it’s not about missing, but the aftermath of missing…
The key is to get to the bottom of missing and how will affect you as a golfer, golf in your life, and as a person… Yes, as a person.
–Are you embarrassed by it?
–Are you frustrated and feel like giving up?
–Do you lose all enjoyment of the game?
–Do you think you are investing too much and getting too little?
How to Break the Yips Cycle:
As I’ve said before, you have to attack the yips cycle at every stage and not just change your grip, putter, or grip pressure…
1. Attack the source of the fear.
2. Work on freeing up your stroke.
3. Practice the right way.
4. Start to build confidence.
5. Change your mission in golf.
I help golfers with these strategies every day. Contact me if you want help breaking the yips cycle this summer.
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What golfers are saying:
“Two of your drills have been especially helpful: Eyes closed the eyes open and the tap in drill. I have only been able to make short putts for some time with my eyes closed and have been very effective with that. Both drills have improved my overall rhythm and putting success. Only used your drill sequence for one practice session so will step up the routine to 7 days in a row.”