putting yipsWhat Are Putting Yips?

The “yips” are defined as a psycho neuromuscular problem that often strikes golfers when they are putting or chipping. As a player, you may have experienced these involuntary movements and found yourself freezing, jerking or twitching while playing a shot. This can lead to you feeling frustrated, embarrassed, increasingly anxious and self-conscious.

Webster’s Dictionary defines the yips more broadly as “a state of nervous tension affecting an athlete in the performance of a crucial action.”

Golfers may or may not be aware of this state of tension and so they look to technique for a solution.

Digging A Bit Deeper

Many golfers believe the yips are a technical problem and try approaches that focus on the physical aspects of putting and chipping, for example working on their technique and when this fails, changing to a completely different grip or a belly putter.

This is understandable especially for those golfers who are not always consciously aware of their state of inner tension.

Radical changes in technique have some success with some golfers. But for many the problems come back sooner or later.

It also does not work for chipping yips.

So what is the real cause?

The vast majority of the worlds leading golf mind coaches are clear about the real cause of the loss of a free putting or chipping stroke.


Inner fear, pressure, anxiety and nerves.

This is also the finding of one of the biggest studies ever done on the yips, by the Mayo clinic in 2000 involving 2630 tournament players.

They concluded that the yips are caused by anxiety related problems.

The reason for the anxiety are numerous and vary from person to person. For example :

  • Fear of embarrassment
  • Fear of failure and consequences of failing.
  • Fear of letting other down.
  • Fear of success (this may seem odd but it is very real )
  • Fear of making an another yip.

Over time these inner emotional responses start to interfere with our bodies normal movement control. The result is seen and felt as dreaded jerky, tense, stabbing, freezing movements instead of smooth and flowing action.

So in short, the yips are caused by emotional disturbances, mostly unconscious that interfere with our normal motor control.

Suffering a bad experience causes a disruption in the body’s nervous system, a bit like a short circuit in a piece of electrical equipment. The feelings and emotional response caused by missed putts or thinned chips at key pressure moments can stay in our system.

These experiences create emotional programs, which become deeply imprinted in our minds and bodies. In any subsequent pressure situation these emotional programs are replayed and it’s the replaying of these emotional program that is manifested as these involuntary movements we call the Yips.

Introducing EFT: A New Approach To Curing The Yips

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a unique form of acupuncture that uses tapping instead of needles to stimulate acupressure points on the head and torso. EFT is a simple process that clears these disruptive emotional programs from your mind body system and thereby frees you from the underlying cause of the involuntary movements known as the Yips.

I have been using EFT for several years with hundreds of clients and it’s an effective proven way to clear emotional programs.

It is in fact being used very successfully for returning war vets to help with battle fatigue so it is certainly strong enough to clear putting and chipping yips.

To find out more about how you can clear the yips arrange a free 15 minute Skype call or call me on 0033619800961.