How To Have Stable Confidence In Sports – Peaksports Video

In "Sessions with Doc," Dr. Patrick Cohn answers your sports psychology and mental training questions about having stable confidence in sports. Visit 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 how to boost self-confidence in sports. STACEY ASKS: "How can I get my son to have confidence and mental … [Read more...]

How Do You Know You Have The Yips Or A Bad Stroke?

How do you know you have the yips or if you have a stroke problem? When you have the yips, you: Can put freely on the practice green but not on the course. You can make 20 putts in a row from 3 feet during practice, but not in competition. You have a smooth stroke in practice, but it get jerky on the course. When the stroke is causing the misses: You can't make 20 three-footers in a row in practice. You can't start the ball on … [Read more...]

PGA Ban on Anchored Putters: Who Will Have the Yips?

Effective January 1, 2016, the PGA Tour will officially ban the anchored putter for tour golfers. The long putter or anchored putting has been allowed for several decades as an alternative to the sometimes-problematic traditional length putter. This controversial decision may present problems for many successful golfers. Some golfers have chosen to switch to the long putter or anchored putting over the past few decades as a method of avoiding … [Read more...]

Did You Change Your Putter to Beat the Yips?

Golf can test your nerves and composure... Do you fear missing easy putts or three-putting a hole when playing under pressure? Thoughts about outcome and missing can cause muscle tension leading some golfers to hold the putter with a death grip... In the yips cycle, fear leads to over control. Over control leads to tension, which causes jerky movements in your putting stroke. Many golfers turned to belly putters and broomstick putters … [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...]

The Very First Step In Overcoming The Yips

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...]