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    Hi lads any help on this would be greatly appreciated, the yips is killing my game on the putting green with short putts and i've been told that i have a long backswing but i decelerate into the ball but trying to accelerate through the ball when you have the yips isn't easy and im seriuosly thinking of packing it all in.

  • #2
    Re: Yips on short putts

    Try some of the following:

    Try not to watch the putter go back and through, concentrate fully on a single dimple at the back of the ball throughout the stroke.

    Try using a belly putter, you can anchor it to yourself which may help you to make a smooth swing.

    Experiment with different putting grips like the left hand separated and lower on the putter shaft.

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    • #3
      Re: Yips on short putts

      Originally posted by BrianW View Post
      Try some of the following:

      Try not to watch the putter go back and through, concentrate fully on a single dimple at the back of the ball throughout the stroke.

      Try using a belly putter, you can anchor it to yourself which may help you to make a smooth swing.

      Experiment with different putting grips like the left hand separated and lower on the putter shaft.
      Good advice Brian. The yips is commonly a neurological disorder in that the brain just gets in the habit of a nervous yipping motion. To change it you have to do something dramatic in your style to create a new movement programme - new grips or styles help greatly.

      Howveer if the problem is a fear one, then take your conscious brain out of the equation. Do a great pre shot routine with practice swings etc then as you make the putt WHISTLE AS YOU STROKE. Try it a few times. If the yip goes away then it was probably a fear thing - or conscious pre empting of the yip.

      To transition this you can try breathing as you stroke out and focussing on the breath. ITs not quite as foolproof as whistling but makes you look less of a fool. When whistling try to keep the tone smooth. You should feel in doing this that you lose all control - this is fine. The first few you may even hit too far as you are now not decelerating. Just keep goign with the pre shot routine followed by whistling/breathing and your subconscious will work out the rest
      Last edited by rogue; 09-01-2010, 08:57 PM.

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      • #4
        Re: Yips on short putts

        Lads cheers really desperate here so will try anything, don't know if you's know this user as he swears he has a cure but have emailed him 3 times but no reply he aslo has a book for sale but not sure if this is a scam but would like to know ur opinions on this.

        kurt in kamazaloo
        Last edited by hen1rik; 09-01-2010, 09:52 PM.

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        • #5
          Re: Yips on short putts

          He may have it, but there is no one cure. Depends what the cause is - fear, excitement, or an assoication with putting and a certain motor programme.

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          • #6
            Re: Yips on short putts

            In my case it would be fear of missing but do u think changing to cross handed grip left lower would do the trick.
            When u hear people saying its not my day i dont fall for that i just feel its something they're doing wrong in their swing if they're not playing well and i feel its something im doing wrong in putting by hey im not the expert you's are.

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            • #7
              Re: Yips on short putts

              Here are three great videos that should assist most golfers with their putting routine. I hope there is something in there that helps you as it did me.

              http://www.ritson-sole.com/golf-tips...eshot-routine/

              http://www.ritson-sole.com/golf-tips/better-putting/

              http://www.ritson-sole.com/golf-tips...tt-like-a-pro/

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              • #8
                Whistling

                Great advice guys.

                I haven't personally suffered from the yips but have played with a few guys with similar problems. The whistling technique mentioned by Rogue is a very good idea if the problem is fear related. From what I have researched this technique is very effective because it helps take the brain out of the equation and allows you to make a smoother stroke.

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                • #9
                  Re: Yips on short putts

                  Originally posted by hen1rik View Post
                  In my case it would be fear of missing but do u think changing to cross handed grip left lower would do the trick.
                  When u hear people saying its not my day i dont fall for that i just feel its something they're doing wrong in their swing if they're not playing well and i feel its something im doing wrong in putting by hey im not the expert you's are.
                  If it is fear then changing to cross handed probably wont do the trick. Although its not going to hurt you. Reall secret is getting ur conscius mind on something not relevant to the swing

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                  • #10
                    Re: Yips on short putts

                    Hi lads done more investigating and i found a website called todaysgolfer and there was a link by dan frost who guarantees he will get rid of you're yips with his simple tip.
                    I gave it a go and for the last 2 days it is working a treat, i would like to say thanks for all you're help regarding this aswell.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Yips on short putts

                      hen1rik

                      I haven't been checking this forum and that is why I did not get your request earlier.

                      I have since sent you a personal notification on how I cured my yips.

                      I hope my technique is as successful for you as it has been for me. I have been putting "yip-free" since 2006 and currently play to a 7-handicap.

                      The "yips" are a neurological disorder - but they are "triggered" by the physical movements of a golfer's hands & arms during the putting stroke. The key to the success of my technique is the golfer's dominant hand & arm do not move at all during the putting stroke. Since there is no movement of the dominant hand & arm - there are no movement "signals" going to the brain to trigger the yips.

                      Give my technique a try - you have nothing to lose to try it. And start having fun on the greens again!

                      I hope I can help.

                      Take care, play well, and always remember: "Master golf...and you master life itself."

                      Kurt in Kalamazoo

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