What Should You Focus On While Over The Ball?

What should you think about over the ball before you pull the trigger? This is a question I get a lot--especially from golfers who are hindered by the yips... Here's what one golfer asked in my putting yips survey: "I basically 'blackout' over the ball and forget what I was working on. Why is this and what should I focus on to make a good stroke?" I think you mean that you lose focus over the ball. Some players describe it as blanking … [Read more...]

Why Golfers Yip Only When Playing With Others…

Why does your performance change when on the course? I'm following up on my email from last week about going from smooth in practice to jerky on the course... Here's what one golfer asked in my putting yips survey: "I'm fine in practice on the putting green and playing on my own, but as soon as I play with someone, I get conscious of it. So how can I find a way to get good thoughts on the course?" This issue is at the heart of my … [Read more...]

Does Your Smooth Putting Stroke Change on the Course?

Does your putting stroke feel different on the course? Maybe you consider your putting game as your primary strength, then all of the sudden you can’t make a short putt. Most golfers will attempt to work it out by spending more time on the practice green. Some may try to change grip, switch putters or change stroke... After all the work or changes to your putting, the on-course putting woes continue. Why? If you putt well on the … [Read more...]

How to Focus on the Process, Not Putting Mechanics

This week I'm following up on the theme of tinkering, but I'm going to focus on tinkering with your stroke mechanics... One reason why it's hard to break the yips cycle is because you focus too much on mechanics instead of the process. Golf instructors might tell you that thinking about a good stroke when playing is focusing on the process, but that's incorrect. When you think about mechanics, you are stroke-bound and thus manipulate the … [Read more...]

Why Tinkering Keeps You Stuck in The Yips Cycle

I want to address one of the stages of the yips cycle that keeps you stuck--and often makes matters worse... What do you do after a bad putting round? How do you get back on track? You make changes, of course. But what changes do you make? Most golfers make changes with their stroke mechanics, set up, and putter. Sounds like a good plan, right? Wrong! Tinkering and fixing is what causes players to stay stuck and often get worse... In … [Read more...]

What To Do When Frustrated With Missing Putts…

Does the frustration from yipping cause a spill over effect into other areas of your game? According to one reader, David, he thinks that, on hit worst yipping days, it leaks into the rest of his game. He went on to say there are three reasons for this: Missing short putts puts a premium on getting close. General frustration blurs a golfer’s focus. The round is shot, so you lose interest in the score, and focus is lost. I think e … [Read more...]

Why Does this Golfer Only Struggle with Long Putts?

Dave recently wrote me to say his putting yips are not mechanical nor technique related, but rather between the ears... Dave said, "I finished my worst-yipping round ever (42 putts), and headed straight for the practice green." He went on to say... "I tossed down two balls and aimed at a hole about 30 feet away. The first ball went in; the second just missed and stopped a foot past the hole. Two close to perfect putts. So I only yip when … [Read more...]

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...]

How To Overcome Perfectionism In Sports – Peaksports Video

In "Sessions with Doc," Dr. Patrick Cohn answers your sports psychology and mental training questions about managing perfectionism in athletes. Visit Peaksports.com and click on contact us to submit your question for Dr. Cohn to answer in his mental game videocast or podcast. Here's the question Dr. Cohn answers this week about Overcoming Perfectionism In Athletes. LEAH ASKS:"With my athleticism, training, and my talent, I have super high … [Read more...]

What’s the Number One Drill for the Yips?

  What's the number one drill to help you overcome the yips? This is the topic of a recent question one golfer asked in my golf yips survey: "With all your experience, what would be the number one drill/advice that works for 'most' golfers you work with?" The honest answer is that I don't have one drill that helps golfer stop yipping.... If you recall my version of the yips cycle: The YIPS Cycle: PAST YIPS OR … [Read more...]