How to Beat The Yips in Golf
The yips are not solely a putting issue. The yips can occur in any part of a golfer’s game.
No matter where the yips manifest, the mental anguish can ruin a golfer for prolonged periods of time.
The yips are not the inability to make shots…
Actually, the yips are the inability to swing the club smoothly or freely.
The strange thing about the yips is that they pop up seemingly out of the blue.
Most golfers with the yips have played the sport for many years with no major hiccups in their technique.
Then, all of a sudden, the mind talks the body out of performing a swing that has been performed thousands of times with ease.
This explainable hiccup causes anxiety, frustration, anger and bewilderment because there seems like there is no end to the yips in sight.
Matt Every has been battling the driver yips since the 2015 Hyundai Tournament of Champions. After locking up on a tee and drove a ball far off to the right, Every has been haunted by that shot.
EVERY: “It was kind of eye-opening and it [the yips] just gradually seeped its way into my head.”
Ever since then, Every has been searching for an answer to the yips. Every has tried, with little success, seeing a hypnotist and switching swing coaches several times.
The yips have been a huge source of frustration for Every and his frustration is evident in his tone.
EVERY: “You can have the putting yips and play out here; you can, if you hit it good enough. You cannot have the driver yips.”
Despite missing the cut or withdrawing in 18 straight events before a T-62 at the 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational, Every is confident in his ability to overcome the yips.
He’s committed to improving his mental game.
How can attention to your mental game help you overcome the yips?
Your mental game can help in several ways:
- A strong mental game can help you overcome fear and stay relaxed. A quiet mind and calm body can help your swing become more fluid and effective.
- A strong mental game can help you keep your composure. When a shot goes off line, controlling your intense emotions will prevent you from spiraling downward out of control.
- A strong mental game can help you focus on the right performance cues. Learning how to focus on the process instead of results will help you swing freely.
- A strong mental game can help elevate your confidence. Confidence is the key factor in believing you can overcome the yips.
Mental Game Tips for The Yips:
Use a preshot routine that helps you free up your swing and not fret about results.
Your routine should lock you mind in the present and focus only on a good execution, not a bad outcome.
A preshot routine is a series of mental skills to help control your focus, immerse yourself in the moment, and free up your swing.
“I am a single digit handicap who has battled the yips for some time. As I applied his methods I have found almost instantaneous success…. I recently shot even par to be medalist in a state qualifier (I missed too shorties to boot), but I just kept playing and my free strokes far outnumbered my bad ones. Thank you for giving me the tools I need to face my demons. I could not recommend his program more highly!”
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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.
What are Golf Psychology Students Saying?
“Two of your drills have been especially helpful: Eyes closed the eyes open and the tap in drill. I have only been able to make short putts for some time with my eyes closed and have been very effective with that. Both drills have improved my overall rhythm and putting success. Only used your drill sequence for one practice session so will step up the routine to 7 days in a row.”
“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.”
“Yes! Awesome tips and they worked great. I was having a tough time mentally with putts inside of 4 feet for self imposed fear of missing them. After doing all of your drills I found myself just looking at the hole on the shorts putts similar to a free throw. Seems to be working. Thank you so much!”
“Yes Patrick, I’m a five handicap and also mentally handicapped by the yips. What worked for me was the aim, set and go drill. You don’t have time to think about yipping. I played today and not one yip. I owe you big time. Thanks again.”
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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.”
“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.”
“I’ve read so many teachings regarding the yips, and you’re right on. I’ve read articles from top 10 teachers who have supposed cures for the yips, and realize, they don’t even know what the yips are… You know what they are, and I believe you know how to cure them. Thank you for your newsletters.”