Overcoming Pressure From Having The Yips
John recently wrote to tell me he’s make progress with his putting yips…
What was interesting is the fact that he’s owned up to the idea that the yips are not physical, but totally mental…
“What really stuck with me was owning up to the fact that I have the yips…. then knowing that part of it is from the embarrassment of yipping and doing it in front of others … choking… losing skins etc. etc,” said John.
“Owning up to it and even telling people….. Get it out in the open and start the process of slowly fixing it helped me start the process of improvement.”
John also reiterated that focusing on the process instead of the aftermath of missing has helping him to putt better and play better shots altogether.
“I started using the “Process” mentality on all my shots not just putting… for me it frees me from worries…”
You are probably reading my tips because you have realized the yips are mental and have tried all the physical remedies.
I often become the “last resort” for golfers in their quest to find a solution because making physical changes, such as grip, putter, and technique are a lot easier for golfers to do than look inward at what makes them fearful.
It’s just not that cool to tell others that your mental game is misfiring and causing a lot of havoc with your game.
But John found it comforting to come out of the closet with his yips. Don’t hide it. Share it with others.
If you can’t open up to others about it, it does suggest that you are worried about how they might interpret your challenge with the yips.
This might not be the ideal approach for you, but it’s something to consider if you think it would take off some pressure about playing good golf.
How to remove the pressure you feel to play good golf:
If golf is about impressing others with your stellar game, do you think you are participating for the right reasons?
One way to remove the pressure you feel is to change the meaning of golf in your life.
To do this, stop focusing on striving to meet others’ expectations and play for the pure love of the game.
I know, easier said than done, but playing for intrinsic reasons can go a long way for your enjoyment.
Related Article: How to Overcome Fear to Rid the Yips
Overcome The Yips and Enjoy Golf Again!
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.
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.”
“I was pleased to find your website and tips to address the mental issues with the yips. Your drills made sense to me. Other people only tackled technique. That isn’t the problem with me as I can stroke them all nicely on the practice putting green. I can even hit the long ones on the course. I will keep working at it and thank you for your interest.”
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What are golfers saying about our putting yips drills?
“Patrick–something seems really weird here. You are giving out so much good material to help with the yips, and I feel like I am stealing from you! I really like your style! You don’t see that very often–ever as a mater of fact! You are an amazing guy!”
“I went on to the putting green right after receiving your mail. What a great feeling of freedom. No tense at all, smiling and more consistent than ever before. I have great rounds during the years, but you have taken me to a new level with you tips for the yips. I am very grateful – if you visit Denmark I will invite you out for dinner.”
~Søren Meinertsen, Denmark
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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.
“I’ve had the yips for 30 years. With the anchor ban, I thought I needed to quit golf. It was frustrating hearing golf experts and commentators state that no amateur was going to quit golf because of the anchoring ban. Obviously, these experts don’t know anything about the yips. I’m so glad I found you. Your drills really helped. It might sound silly, but the biggest thing that helped me is knowing that the yips is mental. It might sound crazy, for someone to have the yips for 30 years, and not know it’s mental. I also believe I know my reason for having the yips, and I see how my insecurities in every day life contributed to the yips. Thank you for your help.”