Does Tiger Woods Have the Yips?

Tiger Woods 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...]

Is the Belly Putter a Crutch – Keegan Bradley Says “No Way”

Keegan Bradley and the Belly Putter

Many golfers are switching to the belly putter as a way to help with their putting yips. When Bernard Langer switched to the long putter, this seem to help him with his putting problem as with many other golfers who have went to the long putter. So anecdotal evidence suggest that a long putter helps with the yips, at least for older players on Tour. But what about for younger players on the Tour? The idea is that wrist movement is less with … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Develop Confidence in Your Putting Game

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Your putting confidence develops in many ways, but true confidence comes from establishing a foundation for success. The top putters on the PGA Tour practice in a way that increases their putting competencies, which combined leads to confidence. Players spend time developing their touch on the greens, for example, to increase confidence and feel comfortable with their distance control. Great putters instill confidence by developing a preshot … [Read more...]

Why the Yips Come on Course and Not in Practice

Symptoms of Yips

Why Does This Golfer Putt Freely in Practice, But not the Course? Okay, so John downloaded my Anti-Yips Putting Drills and has some mild success at home in practice working on the drills to free up his putting. However, when he goes to the course, he still can’t putt with total freedom. John says, “I downloaded your suggestions for Anti-Yips Practice Putting Drills, and I'm trying to absorb and practice your drills, so far it works for a … [Read more...]

Keegan Bradley Attributes PGA Win to Putting

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You drive for show and putt for dough definitely applied to Keegan Bradley’s putting performance. No yips in sight with his long putter. He was holing long putts for birdie coming down the stretch, which was the key to his win at the 2011 PGA Championship. Sometimes you just click with the putter and you’ll have a great week. He attributes his great play to his putting and attitude for the week. “Obviously to win any tournament, let alone a … [Read more...]

Six Mental Game Tips for Confident Putting

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Putting is pretty much like riding a bike. You learned it a long time ago as a kid and once had positive putting confidence. As a young golfer, you weren't afraid of anything—you were not afraid of missing putts. Most adults who get the putting yips learn to fear and doubt putting. I’m sure you were a good putter as a kid void of fear or tension, but now suffer from fear of missing or putting yips. Remember, great putting involves believing … [Read more...]

Mental Keys to Rory McIlroy’s US Open Putting

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What happened to Rory McIlroy’s putting on the back nine at the Masters? Right after the tournament, he wasn’t able to tell the golf world what happened that day at the Masters and needed time to reflect on what happened. After the round, he did say his confidence waned on the back nice, especially with putting. When you second-guess your lines and your speed, confidence can erode quickly. “You know I can't really put my finger on it. I lost a … [Read more...]

Your Putting Philosophy: Do You Charge or Lag?

Greg Norman

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...]

Great Putters Don’t Fear the Putting Game

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Jack Nicklaus once said: "Most make-able putts are missed because of fear or a negative attitude, not because of faulty technique." Here is one of the best players ever, who putted great under pressure, saying that your mindset determines whether you will make a putt.Attitude is everything in putting! I want you to consider the following questions about your attitude. 1. Do you cringe when you pull the putter out of your bag on the … [Read more...]

Mental Traps That Can Cause the Putting Yips

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Ben Crenshaw, one of the best putters that ever lived, once said that “in golf, the closer you get to the hole, the more mental the game becomes.” Putting is indeed more mental than any other part of the game because on the putting green, doubt, indecision, and fear cripple the most mentally tough golfers. To put your very best, you want to be aware of the mental traps you might fall into or already engage in. These mental traps can lead to … [Read more...]