• Announcements

    • iacas

      Visit FlagstickRule.com   03/13/2017

      Visit the site flagstickrule.com to read about and sign a petition for the USGA/R&A regarding the one terrible rule in the proposed "modernized" rules for 2019.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
dagolfer

Putting Yips Thread

33 posts in this topic

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.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sign up (or log in) today! It's free (and you won't see this ad anymore)!

Sign up (or log in) today! It's free (and you won't see this ad anymore)!

I 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!

GLUCK
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would def. say that your adrenaline gets going when you start thinking, "HEY! I could make birdie here!"

I had this problem when I was in High School doing my 1st tryout. Over analyzing situations gets you into a lot of trouble. Great advice also in this post; maintain the same pre-shot routine regardless of the situation, you'll find yourself with more GIR and Fairways hit off the tee box, leading to those lower scoring rounds you desire =]

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's a mental condition (like you said, lack of confidence or fear) with physical manifestations such as jabbing at the ball. A friend of my father-in-law had them when he putted. He ended up trying a belly-putter and it apparently took care of it.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I looked it up on Wikipedia and they describe it like a medical condition. I don't think I've ever "

I bolded the words you never say to a golfer.

There's another one that begins with S. I hope nobody else responds so I won't have to see this subject line again ;)
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

it just recently became a recognized as a condition I believe... its basically a nervous twitch on short putts causing you to miss them.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If you shank the ball that's acceptable. Single digit handicappers hit the occasional hosel rocket. A full shot is much more complicated than a putt. Putting is simple. Straight back...straight forward...like pool. The yips are a joke.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ask Johny Miller, because he had them bad.
Dig up Shell's Wonderfull World of Golf where he played Jack Nicklaus at the Olympic Club. It got so bad they stopped showing him putt. He had about seven 3 putts. I think Jack beat him by 10 shots.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Pre shot routine is pretty good it is just i get pumped up and it is the letting go of basic fundamentals that cause the bad shots. I figured i just have to get over the ball and just hit it with no extra thought involved.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The yips are a joke.

You started the thread, dude. Methinks the joke lie elsewhere, and that you're tempting the golf gods enough that you're likely to come down with them. Good luck!

They're not a joke to those afflicted with 'em. Hank Haney had 'em with his driver for awhile, IIRC. So did Brad Faxon.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

I 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.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You started the thread, dude. Methinks the joke lie elsewhere, and that you're tempting the golf gods enough that you're likely to come down with them. Good luck!

I don't understand how you can "yip" a driver??? lol.
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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:
"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."
-- Stan Utley, The Art of Putting p.104 (Gotham Books 2006).
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

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:

I now understand what a yip is in terms of putting, but I don't understand what a yipped drive is? What is the result?
0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I now understand what a yip is in terms of putting, but I don't understand what a yipped drive is? What is the result?

Perhaps you could go to google and type something like "driver yip hank haney" in and see where it takes you. The first link that appeared when I did that was pretty helpful.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Want to join this community?

    We'd love to have you!

    Sign Up
  • 2017 TST Partners

    PING Golf
    Leupold Golf
    Snell Golf
    Talamore Golf Resort
    Lowest Score Wins
  • Posts

    •  I hate the Be Better Golf guy. He gets great guests than doesn't know to shut up and let them speak. Annoying as heck.   I was really surprised by the poor play in that video. I though tthose guys would be better. But I do give them credit for showing their bad shots. They could've only shown the good ones .
    • Got a chance to take some on course video over the weekend. I should do more of this to get a better idea of what my actual swing looks like. I still need to get a new smartphone tripod and I can start vlogging again. Angles are a little off but nothing crazy. Driver   Stance is maybe a hair on the narrow side. The swing looks better than the results would indicate. I really thought I was still getting the club past parallel and across the line. Irons/Wedge   I didn't get a face on of a full iron swing so I'm posting this flighted wedge instead. Not exactly the same thing but it will have to do for now. Big takeaway on the swing is I'm still swinging too far right with the clubhead a little underplane and too shallow. I've been having some low point issues and it seems to make sense. Miss is still on the toe and an overdraw or a push, although from watching my videos again I realized that I still aim to the right, so I think my pushes aren't even as bad as I think they are, only that I'm already lined up right of target to begin with. I'm going to have to change my pre-shot routine to incorporate better aiming. Pitching   I included the full speed video of my pitching because I wanted to look at my tempo. Still pretty Fruit-Ninja-y. Putting Figured I'd take a putting video. This was on the 18th green, after the face on video of my driver and the flighted wedge, so a mini vlog of sorts. I'm trying something out where I hold the putter with only my right hand and then hold my whole hand with my left for stability. I was playing around with distance control because I tend to leave lag putts way short and I noticed that my left hand in the double overlap grip kind of acts as a brake on the stroke. Putting the hands together lets the putterhead pendulum better under its own weight. As you can see I definitely didn't leave the first putt short and the speed on the second putt was perfect. My putting in general has improved since I've gotten adjusted to my putter modification. Aim is a lot better and I'm hitting my lines which is leading to better results on mid-length putts. I also need to read long putts better, just kind of lazy about it, but I'm leaving some second putts longer than they should be because I'm not reading the first putts and aiming properly. I do like the grip change though and I think once I get used to that, the distance control will be better. I have some thoughts on the full swing but I'll hash them out later. Maybe 
    • I have seen a few oddities for which I have contacted Arccos. For instance it recommends clubs and distances that are longer than my averages by up to 20-30m and sometimes suggests taking a PW off the tee on a Par 5. As said before it is a beta version currently but with work could be very interesting.
    • I can only speak for myself but if it is a quick process I wouldn't blink an eye.  If it helps your game, and doesn't contribute to slow play, it wouldn't bother me.    I'm bothered by the guys that take 4 practice swings, back off of the ball, get a line and then take more practice swings.  Or worse yet, wait until it is their turn to take their club out of the bag and then take forever to play.  
  • TST Blog Entries

  • Blog Entries

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. JJ spud
      JJ spud
      (43 years old)
  • Get Great Gear with Amazon