Getting Rid of the "Yips" (for good)
So you admit it. You have the "yips" and can't get it out of your head. Why do we get them and how do we get rid of them? This month, we look at it closely and try different things to get rid of them (for good).
Uncondition your Mind
According to golf instructor, Gene Litter, you have to uncondition your mind. What does he mean? He thinks the reason we get the "yips" is because we have conditioned ourselves to react to a certain stroke. We put extra stress on ourselves every time we are in the moment. For example, if you have a short putt to make and you have blasted through the putt time and time again, it is because you have put so much stress on yourself that it has become natural for you to do the same thing over and over again. To get rid of the "yips", Gene is saying that we need to look forward to the event rather than be scared of it. We need to look forward and be positive at making it, rather than fretting over it.
I know personally, this is going to be difficult to do. But it's no time to change your grip or putter. Don't start taking apart your putting stroke or adopt a new way to make a stroke. It is all inside your head to get rid of the "yips", approach it differently.
Pre-shot Routine for Putting?
I heard that LPGA player, Yani Tseng went to see Dave Stockton, she wanted him to fix her putting. Dave took her to the tee box and watched her drive the ball to 275 yards then watched her hit her approach shot to the green. Everything was perfect until she had to putt. Dave noticed one thing that Yani did not do. He noticed that on the tee box and out on the fairway, she had a pre-shot routine but when she was on the green, she just walked up to her ball and putted.
According to Dave, it is very important that you have a pre-shot routine before you putt. You need to focus your efforts and visualize the roll.
Don't Putt for Dough
You've heard the saying 'Drive for Show, Putt for Dough". A lot of golfers put too much emphasis on their putts that they roll past it or come up short. The reason is because they put too much stress on themselves. Every putt becomes a "make it or break it" rule.
Next time you're up for putting, forget about making the $50,000.00 putt and just concentrate on the process. Visualize the roll then execute it. You will sink more putts and lower your scores.