Does Your Golf Swing Have "The Yips?"

By: Ali Gorman
By: Ali Gorman

A study from the Mayo Clinic in Arizona shows physical evidence that what golfers call "the yips" are more than just in the head.

The Yips are involuntary movements in the forearm when a golfer putts or chips the ball. The jerky movements cause golfers to hit the ball too hard or not hard enough.

For years, many thought it was just a case "choking under pressure," but this study shows it is a neuromuscular disorder. So the voluntary movement to swing and hit the ball is joined by involuntary movements that cannot be controlled.

Even though this study shows "the yips" are not in your head, experts say it may be an issue of mind over matter to beat the yips. The less you think when you go to chip or putt, the less chance of having these involuntary movements.


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