How to Stop The Full Swing Yips
Yips is a dirty four-letter word to most golfers…
They won’t say it, don’t want to hear about it and certainly don’t want to think about it. It is as if the yips are some kind of incurable virus contracted by mere thought or expression.
Well, thought does play a huge part in the yips.
The yips have a significant mental component.
The yips are fertilized by negative thoughts, such as:
- “What’s wrong with me?”
- “Why can’t I sink these easy putts?”
- “Here we go again… missing short putts”
As your outcome thoughts about missing grow, negative emotions sprout…
Strong negative emotions tighten your muscles…
You start second-guessing your stroke or swing…
Pulling the club back feels uncomfortable…
Your stroke seems mechanical…
With a mechanical swing, you try to over-correct or remind yourself of everything you need to do further trapping you in that yips cycle…
Since thoughts are a big factor in developing the yips, a change in thoughts can help you overcome the yips.
Take for example, Tommy Fleetwood…
Fleetwood reached the No. 1 ranking on the European Tour but his career was not without some tough times. A mere 18 months before ascending to No.1, the yips had infiltrated Fleetwood’s golf game.
In 2016, Fleetwood was ranked 40th on the European Tour. The main reason was that the yips took control of Fleetwood’s driving game, a part of his game that was once his strong suit.
Fleetwood recalled how difficult it was to see his strength, something he could rely on week to week, seemingly disappear due to the yips.
FLEETWOOD: “My driving has always been the biggest strength of my game and to see it turn into my biggest weakness was an unbelievable switch and something that was very hard to deal with.”
Fleetwood’s yip frustration affected his whole game.
FLEETWOOD: “It was tough. It doesn’t matter where you stand, you know you’ve got that stuff [the yips] in you and you cannot control it… Halfway down the swing was where the problem was. You know where you’re trying to put your body and where you’re trying to put the club but the swing won’t do it. It just twitches or yips.”
The big problem with golfers is that they try to over control the swing when they feel the yips.
These golfers will try to talk themselves through the swing or try to force their swing to be perfect (or not yip).
Physically trying to over control the swing causes you to yip more, not less!
Getting past the yips is not a matter of controlling your swing, but taking control of your fear and over thinking.
Instead of over controlling the swing, you need to trust in your practice and let go of technical thoughts, analytic thoughts and outcome thoughts.
By giving up control to your motor memory, your swing will be freer.
How to Let Go of Over Control:
Letting go of over thinking requires that you focus on something other than negative and instructional thoughts.
I suggest to golfers with the full-swing yips that they focus on the target or one swing cue, such as tempo or balance.
In addition, you have to keep your mind on your routine instead of worrying about the outcome of a bad shot.
For more strategies to overcome the yips cycle, check out “Breaking The Yips Cycle:”
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
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Coaches: Help your team members play with freedom instead of fear or tension.
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~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.”
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“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.”
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“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!”
“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.”