The Yips According To Research By Debbie Crews You probably know what it feels like to have the yips. You also understand how the yips can ruin your golf game. But you, most likely, have no inkling as to how the yips appeared, seemingly, out of nowhere--and why they are so hard to shake. Understanding the development of the yips can provide insight into overcoming the pesky problem. In an article in The New Yorker, "What’s behind the … [Read more...] about The Real Cause Of The “Yips”
Putting Yips Research
Overcoming The Yips [Part 2] To overcome the golfing yips, professional golf instructor Hank Haney made adjustments in his mechanics and applied mental strategies to help him focus, according to his book, Fix the Yips Forever. Haney suggests that players use mental strategies in practice and during competitive round to help them beat the putting yips. On the course Haney emphasizes the importance of pre-shot routines to help players … [Read more...] about Hank Haney’s Solution to Putting Yips [Part 2]
Overcoming The Yips [Part 1] Golf instructor and analyst for ESPN Hank Haney battled the "yips" for twenty-years before developing a solution to overcome them. He credits his strategy to more research aimed to identify the underlining source of the cause of the yips. "Research shows that the yips are combination of motor skill problems that cause a player’s brain to distort the message being sent to the muscles," said Haney. To erase the … [Read more...] about Hank Haney’s Solution to the Yips [Part 1]
Golfers Who Choke Under Pressure Golfers who are labeled with the yips experience a condition that causes muscular contractions or jerking at impact. They are seen by others as golfers who choke under pressure. Research shows that anxiety and stress accelerates the involuntary movements in many neurologic disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, and Tourette’s syndrome. This information lead sports psychology researchers to … [Read more...] about Performance Anxiety And Putting Yips
Using Mental Imagery To Overcome The Yips I found an article in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, about decreasing the putting “yips” – in which golfers experience a sudden tremor, freezing, or jerking motion while putting. The researchers suggest that the yips have both physical and psychological connections, and the more than 25 percent of professional golfers acquire the yips. In the article, the authors wanted to see if using … [Read more...] about Mental Imagery And The Putting Yips
Where Do The Yips Come From? One of the most studied phenomenon’s in the game of golf is the sudden appearance of the putting “yips”. Symptoms of the yips include jerks, tremors and freezing, which cause performance problems for tournament players. Related Article: Performance Anxiety and Golf Putting Yips Research suggests that the yips add approximately 4.7 strokes to affected golfers scores for 18 holes of golf. However, the cause … [Read more...] about What Causes Yips Symptoms?
How Do You Know If You Have The Yips? Not every golfer will experience the putting yips during a career... According to Wikipedia, Mayo Clinic researchers found that more than one-third of all serious golfers have had the yips at one time. Long-time golfers, who have played for 25 years or more are more likely to get the golf yips. That's a pretty big number, but at least half of all golfers never experience the yips in their … [Read more...] about Do You Have the Yips?