Why do Tour Pros Struggle With The Yips?

Golf Yips

PGA Tour Players With The Yips

Why aren’t some Tour Pro’s able to overcome the yips when money is no object?

We’ve seen Kevin Na, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington, even Tiger Woods get the yips over the last couple of years.

You’ve heard of the statement: Money doesn’t buy happiness, right?

Well, money does not buy a yip-free stroke in this case, especially if you jump from golf instructor to instructor or buy the best raining aids.

Pros get the yips because they are human too. It doesn’t matter how good your mechanics are or that you have the best instructor in the world, the yips prey on your fear.

And it doesn’t matter if you have the putting, chipping, pitching, or full swing yips—the yips are the yips for golfers.

And it’s hard for golfer to look inside and examine their mental game and fears. I find that golfers are often unaware of the fear…

And it’s not the fear of missing that’s the problem. It’s the aftermath of missing.

What’s the aftermath?

This is what missing means to you and how it affects you.

In my work with golfers, the underlying fear is often about:

  • The fear of embarrassment
  • The fear of not playing to one’s potential
  • The fear of rejection
  • The fear of failing as a game
  • The fear of looking silly
  • The fear of the game not paying you back for your hard work

Tour pros get the yips and struggle with the yips because they have the same fears you have. It’s not easy to overcome these fears and they are often hidden fears—ones that golfers don’t easily see.

So, to solve the dilemma of the yips you have to:

  1. Free up your stroke or swing, but to do this you have to…
  2.  Overcome the fear that makes you tighten up and over control the stroke.

So these two solutions go hand-in-hand. You have to free up the stroke so you can get out of your own way, but to do so you must rationalize with your fear.

Having a good preshot routine, focusing on the process, and keeping it simple are all good tips to help you play better golf, but you MUST get past the underlying fear.

Related Article: How a Preputt Routine Can Improve Putting

If you have any comment or stories to share, please return this email and I’ll respond.

I help golfers with these strategies every day. Contact me if you want help breaking the yips cycle this summer.

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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

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“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

“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.”
~Pat Collins


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“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.”
~Kevin Stankewicz

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