Do you expect to make short putts? Try this instead…

Having expectations for your golf game contributes to the yips cycle and here is why... Whether you expect to yip a shot or expect to make all three-footers, expectations don’t help you swing the club or putter freely. Expectations are unwritten demands that you place on yourself about your performance or golf scores. For example, “I should hit all my putts solidly” is a common expectation golfers have when putting. With high expec … [Read more...]

When Golfers Are Overly Precise With Their Aim

To play intuitive golf, a concept I teach in "Breaking The Yips Cycle" DVD program, you want to trust your athletic mind when you play golf... One golfer who took my golf yips survey asked... "When I aim the putter on line it feels wrong. Is this why I have problems with the yips?" My short answer is "no." This is not why you have the yips, but it is part of the fear of missing... The fear of missing or wanting to make the putt badly … [Read more...]

Do You Have a One-Putt Mindset?

Many golfers share a similar putting problem: They putt with ease on the practice green but find it difficult to putt effortlessly during rounds. Confident putting is essential to your overall golf game especially since approximately 40% of your total number of strokes happen on the putting green. Having no confidence in your putting game puts tremendous pressure on you as you stand over your tee shot... On a par 5, you try to muscle the … [Read more...]

Breaking The Yips Cycle – Success Story From Actual Golfer

Many golfers who struggle with the yips lose hope. They feel as though their stroke is being controlled by a "demon" that won't let go. They reach a point that they want to give up golf due to the frustration.  That's how Mike felt about his golf game until he was able to successfully break the yips cycle in golf. Watch the video below to hear how Dr. Cohn was able to get Mike out of the frustrating yips cycle. Play Video Below Not only was … [Read more...]

The Yips And Learning To Shut Off The Mental Chatter

Are you frustrated with the yips? You probably feel like you are one of the few that contracted this horrible golf ailment. Well, you are not alone... Approximately 40 percent of golfers will experience the yips at some point in their career as estimated by some sport psychologists. Most golfers avoid talking about the yips because they don’t understand the nature of the yips, such as: What are the yips? How and why the yips o … [Read more...]

The Real Cause Of The “Yips” – (According To Research By Debbie Crews)

You probably know what it feels like to have the yips. You also understand how the yips can ruin your golf game. But you, most likely, have no inkling as to how the yips appeared, seemingly, out of nowhere--and why they are so hard to shake. Understanding the development of the yips can provide insight into overcoming the pesky problem. In an article in The New Yorker, "What’s behind the condition that every golfer dreads?" David Owen e … [Read more...]

Does Tiger Woods Have the Yips?

Does Tiger Woods have the yips? Is he losing his mental edge with the putter on the greens? We used to think of Tiger as one of the best putters under pressure when trying to win a golf tournament. Now rumors are circulating about Wood’s having the yips with his putter or at least the putter is letting him down at the wrong time: during final rounds. One example: During the final round of the AT&T National Pro-Am at Pebble Beach, Tiger was … [Read more...]

Your Putting Philosophy: Do You Charge or Lag?

Most great players in the world--people like Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer--have a well-defined philosophy about how to approach putting. Whether you are a professional or an amateur, you too should have a philosophy of putting to guide your behavior on the course. It's like having a game plan. Your philosophy about putting might influence your freedom when putting and thus help you avoid the yips. Most players have one of two basic … [Read more...]

Hank Haney’s Solution to the Yips – Part 1

Golf instructor and analyst for ESPN Hank Haney battled the "yips" for twenty-years before developing a solution to overcome them. He credits his strategy to more research aimed to identify the underlining source of the cause of the yips. "Research shows that the yips are combination of motor skill problems that cause a player’s brain to distort the message being sent to the muscles," said Haney. To erase the yips from your putting stroke, H … [Read more...]

Performance Anxiety and Golf Putting Yips

Golfers who are labeled with the yips experience a condition that causes muscular contractions or jerking at impact. They are seen by others as golfers who choke under pressure. Research shows that anxiety and stress accelerates the involuntary movements in many neurologic disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, and Tourette’s syndrome. This information lead sports psychology researchers to look at the relationship between per … [Read more...]