The Yips in Golf

The Yips in Golf- Information, diagnosis and treatment

I think I am the only Golf Pro in the world doing research on this (happy to be corrected if not true)? Currently working my way through my PhD with Birmingham University and investigating this phenomenon. Maybe more common than we think? Research shows up to 50% of Golfer may be affected.

What are the yips?

Defined as an involuntary movement of the hands/arms near impact, usually when putting or chipping, but has been known to occur in any shot. Most yippers seem to accelerate very rapidly and clumsily as the impact with the ball approaches. More famous cases belong to players like Bernhard Langer and Ben Hogan, so its not normally a lack of skill that leads to the ‘yips’. It also occurs in other sports, for example ‘dartitus’ in darts and has been documented in Cricket bowling too.

Yips diagnosis?

If you answer yes to 2 or more of the questions below, you likely have some issues which I would be happy to speak to you about. So far I have been able to help people by improving their concentration and confidence, so help is at hand!

1. Have you ever experienced a ‘jerk’ or ‘spasm’ as you try to hit the ball?

2. Do you now avoid the situation where the problem occurs and have either switched to a long putter or no longer chip at all?

3. Do you occasionally miss the ball completely when chipping (or double hit occasionally)?

4. Is your confidence in the problem area very low?

Get involved in the search for a cure! Click on the survey below which only takes 5 minutes and will help to figure the problem out. All individuals who complete the survey will be kept abreast of any developments in the research.

Treatment of the ‘yips’

I have successfully treated people for the problem and am building more knowledge continually and improving my approach to it. So for peace of mind I charge a one off fee up front and then work  on the problem with the player until it is fixed to our mutual satisfaction. This takes a short time with some players and much longer with others (reasons still unknown!) but at any rate this offers peace of mind to the player and really does add to the knowledge base on the problem. Email or call for details on this! The problem is not likely to go away by itself!

Gordon Morrison MSc, PGAAP