Beat the “Yips” Before it Beats You


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

Are Yips Mental or Physical?

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?

Putting Yips

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

The Putting Yips: Common Solutions

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?

Symptoms of Yips

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...]

Kevin Na Battles the Full-Swing Yips at the Players

Kevin Na Full Swing Yips

I just watched an impressive round during the 2012 Players Championship. Kevin Na shot 68 to take a one-shot lead going into the final round. But what’s impressive is that he did it with the full swing yips. After the round in the media center, he said the problem with his full swing started when he changed his swing and set up in 2011. Today, he still feels uncomfortable over the ball with his balance and can’t hit the shot until it feels rig … [Read more...]

I.K. Kim’s Big Miss: Did She Choke?

Kim Misses Putt

Did the pressure of winning cause pro golfer In-Kyung Kim to miss a one-foot putt that would have won the Kraft Nabisco Championship and her first major championship? Kim, who only had a tap in to win, could have hit this putt with her eyes closed, but performance anxiety and winning could have cause enough tension to miss her line. Here’s the odd part about her miss: Kim made birdies on both the 16th and 17th holes and had a one-shot lead g … [Read more...]

Tiger Woods Wins Bay Hill Invitational With Improved Touch

Tiger Woods Putting

I was at the Bay Hill Invitational this weekend rooting for Ernie Els to qualify for the Masters. I interviewed Ernie many years ago about his thoughts on the psychology of going low when he shot a career low round. What a super nice guy... Just so happens that Tiger gets his groove back this week and wins the Bay Hill Invitational. Ernie finishes tied for 5th place. Hope Els gets a special invitation to the Masters in a couple weeks as he … [Read more...]

Els Disappointed with Putting Woes, But Determined

Els Putting Woes

Is Ernie Els one of the latest victims to fall shot due to his putting woes or even the putting yips? If he managed to shoot par on the final three holes at the Transitions Championship recently he would of won the event. But one poor shot and a couple missed clutch putts and he finishes tied for 5th. Els jacked a 5-foot birdie putt on hole No. 16. And then he finished the round with two bogeys including a 4-foot par putt on number 18 that … [Read more...]

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...]