The First Step In Overcoming The Yips

How to Overcome 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”?

Related Article: How to Overcome Fear to Rid 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 the max
  • Over-analyzing, over-thinking and second-guessing play
  • Feelings of helplessness and hopelessness
  • Fear that you might have to stop playing golf forever

No one wants to experience negative feelings about the sport in which they were successful and once loved.

You may feel you are the only one suffering the yips, but the reality is that the yips are more common than you think.

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that 33 percent to 48 percent of all serious golfers have experienced the yips.

Robert Damron, former PGA Tour pro and a regular contributor to, understands the yips firsthand.

DAMRON: “I played (with moderate success) on the PGA tour for 10 years… But sometime before the 2006 season, the driver yips showed up. Out of nowhere, I couldn’t do things that used to be second nature.”

Damron details how the yips can cause your mental game and golf game to unravel:

DAMRON: “As soon as I walk onto the tee box, the demons in my head start telling me everything that can possibly go wrong. Am I gonna snap hook the ball? Block cut? Top it completely and watch the ball dribble off the tee as everyone points and laughs?”

“Then I grab my driver, and even though I’ve gripped a club a billion times, somehow it doesn’t fit properly in my hand… As I stand over my shot, everything feels out of place. The target isn’t there anymore… I’d like to back off and try my setup again, but I know the results won’t get any better.”

“Terror washes over me as the club starts back. Every muscle in my arms seems to be misfiring.”

“The ball goes places on the course that have never been seen by human eyes, and if I somehow accidentally hit the fairway, my relief is short-lived because I remind myself that I am going to have to go through the whole agonizing process again on the next hole.”

If you want to combat the yips, you need to admit that you have the yips and strengthen your mental game.

Most golfers suffering the yips spend countless hours revamping, tweaking or over-hauling their swing or stroke, but that doesn’t address the underlying issue… the mental aspect of golf.

Golfers who develop a hitch in their swing seek golf pros to iron out their mechanics. If you have a hitch in your mental game, a mental game coach can help you iron out your mental mechanics.

Try these tips to combat the yips:

  • Tip #1: Admit it! It’s not saying, “I have the yips and it’s terminal.” If you admit you have a case of the yips, you lessen the stigma or hold it has over you and can start working towards a solution.
  • Tip #2: Improve your mental game. Since you haven’t loss your ability to golf, you need to find out the ultimate fear that’s infecting your golf game and freedom on the course.

A mental game coach can help you get back on track and help you regain that sense of vigor you once had.

Overcome The Yips and Enjoy Golf Again!

Golf Yips

Golfers, do you suffer from:

  • Anxiety, tension and over control of the stroke or swing?
  • Performance anxiety about what others will think?
  • Inability to wing the club freely on the course, despite the fact that you can in practice?

Check out: Breaking the Yips Cycle

Golfers: Learn how to overcome the fear that keeps you stuck in a vicious cycle

Instructors: Learn how to give your students the mental game edge.

Coaches: Help your team members play with freedom instead of fear or tension.

Breaking The Yips Cycle: How to Putt, Chip, And Pitch Freely and Enjoy Playing Golf Again

What are Golf Psychology Students Saying?

“I wanted to tell you I have broken out of the yips short putt issues. I have won 2 of the last 3 competitions. Right now my putting confidence is sky high. I HAD the putt yips for past 6 years. I contribute the success to two of your drills. First focus hard on the hole, forget about all else. It took awhile to get the 100% focus, but I could see the results coming. Then your advice “Let go and trust your ability.” Immediate result. Wow what a relief. Having putted for so long under yip pressure, I now feel I can be put under extreme pressure to win the club championship. I now look forward to short putts.”
~Ian Dodd


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Do you spend most of your practice time trapped by stroke or mechanics on the practice green?

Are you unsure how to practice to hep you overcome the putting yips?

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What are golfers saying about our putting yips drills?

“I have spent hundreds to dollars on clubs, putters, etc. always looking for answers. But I knew this was not going to work because I have some internal issues I had to deal with on the golf course. Working with Dr. Cohn on mental game by far is the best investment I have made. I have some great tools to work on to see my mental game improve.  I feel better now than I have ever have on the golf course and I thank you so much for helping me with the positive mental direction.”
~Sean McQueary

Overcome The Yips With Expert Mental Game Coaching!

Master mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn can help you overcome your mental game issues with personal coaching.

You can work with Dr. Patrick Cohn himself in Orlando, Florida or via Skype, FaceTime, or telephone. Call us toll free at 888-742-7225 or contact us for more information about the different coaching programs we offer!

What are our mental coaching students saying?

“I write you because it’s been 6 months since I started the program Breaking the Yips Cycle. Before that I was putting with a long putt and due to the ban on anchoring I switched to a short putt and started your program. The yips program has helped me a lot. I have been able to focus on what matters instead of thinking about the outcome or fearing a yippy stroke.”
~Ricardo Abogabir C.

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