I normally shoot in the high 40's during a nine hole round. I have about 6 weeks till school golf tryouts come around. I would like to try to be shooting under 45 consistently by then. I am highly capable of it, but i have these random yips at times. Yesterday i had an 70 yard shot into a green to set up a birdie opportunity and i bladed the shot and ended up double bogeying the hole. I have they other times while hitting irons into a green i mis hit it and it cost me birdie or par. but it is only one or two times during around and it kills my score. What should i do? Just hit the ball and don't think about the birdie opportunity that i will have? I think i try to hard in these situations, please help.
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Re: help with the yipsI would def. say that your adrenaline gets going when you start thinking, "HEY! I could make birdie here!"
You stand over it too long, you put too much thought into it.
For me, I TRY, to treat every shot the same. Whether I'm saving double bogey, or I'm trying for birdie.
I always try to keep my pre-shot routine the same. Which includes a few whispers in my own ear. . ."Keep your head down and level, slow take-away, stay down on it, and release the club."
That's my own pre-shot. If you work on a consistent pre-shot routine, it shouldn't matter where or what kind of shot, or what score you're going for--you should be more consistent.
Also, get some lessons if you can afford it and have someone show you exactly what's up!
Re: help with the yips
What are the yips?!?!I looked it up on Wikipedia and they describe it like a medical condition. I don't think I've ever "yipped" a putt. They say a lot of older players experience this "condition", and I am only 20 years old.
Have you ever experienced yips and if so how do you fix it?
Personally I think it's mental and caused by lack of confidence.
Re: What are the yips?!?!
They're not a joke to those afflicted with 'em. Hank Haney had 'em with his driver for awhile, IIRC. So did Brad Faxon.
Re: help with the yipsI had the problem with thinking too much the other day. I had to this point 5 pars in a row, the first time I have accomplished this many pars in 9 holes, let alone in a row. So I am on the green again in two on the par 4 7th hoping to make a 6th consecutive par. I knock the first putt close, 2 feet from the hole. Easy, right? I eye up the shot, it will break left so aim right edge. I'm thinking to myself, 6 in a row! I line up the shot and pull it left, right over the edge. I bogey the hole as well as the 8th and double the 9th.
I shot a 41 on the back nine, my best 9 ever although I really wanted to shoot under 40.
Re: What are the yips?!?!Since you asked, assuming you want a serious answer and assuming I'm not out of order for quoting, here's what Stan Utley has said about them:
-- Stan Utley, The Art of Putting p.104 (Gotham Books 2006).
"From what I can figure, the yips come from a subconscious effort to try to correct an error in the stroke. For example, your brain subconsciously knows that you're aimed wrong on a two-footer, and tries to short circuit your muscles to correct it. Have that happen more than a few times and it'll wreck your confidence. It's certainly hard to get rid of totally. I'm not going to say it's never a mental thing, or never a nervous thing, but I'll say that it's usually some kind of flaw in the stroke itself that leads up to it. I think a player who strokes it better or different has a good chance to overcome it. Better technique leads to more consistent contact, which will help anyone's confidence increase."