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

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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...]

The Very First Step In Overcoming The Yips

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Do you become frustrated because you, all of a sudden, seem to have lost your ability to hit shots that should be easy to execute? Do you fear that you might never shake the “yips”? For many golfers, a case of the yips is a difficult thing to admit. The yips are as seen as an ailment that needs to remain secret. Think of all the unpleasant symptoms caused by the yips: Deteriorating confidence Unraveling mechanics Frustration to th … [Read more...]

Tiger Woods Has the Chipping Yips Says Old Coach Haney

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In a recent article in Sporting News, Haney reveals why Woods has the chipping yips. A few experts have said that Tiger has gotten too technical with his swing (I’ve always said he has too many “cooks in the kitchen” to think clearly), which is the culprit. Changing mechanics or going too deep into a practice mindset can start a downward spiral and cause players to get the chippping yips. The tendency is to over think and this leads to over con … [Read more...]

Harrington Overcomes The Yips To Win

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On Monday, Padraig Harrington won the Honda Classic when it the event was extended into Monday due to rains. This was his first US win since 2008. He has had a a difficult past few years with his golf game. Harrington believes his difficulties came from his mental game and that he was trying to live up to others' expectations. HARRINGTON: “I really have struggled too, as a lot of people who win major tournaments, you look back at them and you … [Read more...]

How Bowditch Won the Texas Open with Poor Putting

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Steven Bowditch, ranked 339th in the world of golf, had never won on the PGA Tour, until recently. He shot a final round 76 to win the Valero Texas Open. It wasn't a pretty final round, but he'll take it. What's interesting is how he slammed his putting performance for the entire week. How do you shoot 8-under par with poor putting? "My putter has been not very good at all this week in general, so it's always tough. You gotta chip it really … [Read more...]

Beat the “Yips” Before it Beats You

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Have you experienced a time where you were sinking putts with ease in practice but, suddenly and without explanation, you seemed unable to sink to the simplest of putts in a tournament?  Suddenly, any putt caused your muscles to tense, thoughts to race, pre-shot routine to take longer and anxiety to increase. You were probably suffering from a condition known in golf as the “yips.”  It is estimated that almost 48 percent of golfers have exper … [Read more...]

Top Fears Related to Putting Yips

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Dr. Patrick Cohn discusses the putting yips, the chipping yips, and the full-swing yips for golfers. In this video, Dr. Cohn talks about the top sources of fear for golfers with the putting yips. Fear of failure is often at the root of the yips. Learn the top two types of fear for golfers... Do you feel you work so hard on your game and worry that you won't get the payoff with low scores? Or do you worry about the fear of embarrassment and how … [Read more...]

How Do Golfers Know When They Have the Yips?

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Dr. Patrick Cohn discusses the putting yips, the chipping yips, and the full-swing yips for golfers. In this video, Dr. Cohn talks about how golfers can know when they have the yips and it's not a mechanical issue. Can you putt freely in practice but it feels different on the course? Does your mindset change about putting on the course? You'll find one big sign that you have the yips. It feels free on the practice putting green and you can … [Read more...]

Putting Yips: Common Solutions and Why They Fail

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Dr. Patrick Cohn discusses the putting yips, the chipping yips, and the full-swing yips for golfers. In this video, Dr. Cohn talks about the common solutions that golfers use to solve the putting yips including changing their putters, using a new grip, and changing mechanics. All of these solutions are only temporary for most golfers who are afflicted with the yips. Changing your grip or putter are physical remedies, but the real issue is … [Read more...]

Putting Yips Video: What do the Yips Feel Like for Golfers?

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What are the putting yips? In this short video, Dr. Cohn explains the putting yips. You learn the cause of the tips and some of the wrong ideas about the yips in putting. Golfers ask Dr. Cohn questions about the putting yips, chipping yips and full-swing yips. Do you feel as if the club moves itself like you have not control over the putter? Golfers describe the yips as a flinching, stopping, jabbing or hitting motion at the ball. The yips are … [Read more...]