Putting yips or chipping yips – most golfers at some stage of their golfing career would have experienced them to one degree or another. Pulling an important putt or dunching a chip shot is a similar, but far less severe forms of yips. By that I mean that anxiety or self doubt causes you to momentarily lose your ability to make a smooth stroke.
Don’t be fooled by the innocuous sounding name, the Yips can take hold of a golfer and cause havoc with their putting or chipping technique. The Yips, this short sounding word can have long-term damaging consequences on the confidence of a golfer. Neither amateurs nor professionals are immune to their debilitating effect.
The yips are a strong form of interference from your mind which makes your body move in a jerky motion. Some, but not all, players are fine in practice and only suffer in competition. Others think it is a swing mechanics issue and keep looking for fixes.