As a beginner, you might have heard that he/she had troublesome golf chipping yips. And that many golfers face the problem of golf chipping yips. But what exactly are “yips” in golf? Golf yips is found to be an acquired problem of getting sudden tremors, sudden freezing and jerking while chipping or putting. 25% of avid golfers are found to have suffered from the condition of golfing yips sometime or the other. It is indeed a mystery as to why even professional golfers sometimes end up being crippled and slowed down by golfing yips.
What are Golf Yips?
It is found that certain professions such as dentistry, musicians or stenographers and golfers have their movements “frozen” quite often and this condition is medically called “dystonia”. This is found to occur among people who have to maintain a particular abnormal position for a longer period of time and also repeat a motion several times in the same manner. This is hence, true with golfers. After all their chipping stance and chipping position are repeated several times, and they need to maintain a particular position repeatedly.
Some doctors suggest that Golf Chipping yips occur in golfers who are under pressure or playing against a competitor who unnerves them. However, this is not found to be entirely true. Many pro golfers have also been attacked by golfing yips. The actual reason of getting golf yips is found to be muscle and nervous deterioration, which is found to occur among golfers who are always repeating the same chipping actions. Overuse of certain set of muscles is found to be a major factor responsible for this condition.
It is indeed sad that most golfers avoid talking about golf yips because they feel that it is a “bad omen”. They infect, find it such a taboo that they really do not know what had affected them at all! Thus, it is imperative to approach at the subject of yipping with the complete scientific bend and understand that yipping is result of nerves and muscle flaws.
Tips for Curing Golf Yips
In order to get rid of yips, the most important step that a golfer must do is to have good physical health where all the other muscles of the body are well exercised. Apart from this, one can try changing the putter for playing the shots or even the grip on the Clubs so that the chipping shots are served slightly differently and there are no yips at all.
One must also not forget that golf is a mental game where the mental ability of the golfer affects the person a lot. One must hence, approach each shot with complete calmness and positive attitude. Also avoid getting pressurised by the performance on the field Experts suggest that a player must approach every shot with an intention of completing the task in hand, instead of focusing on the score only. Generally, too much focus on the scores would make a player become defensive and he/she plays every shot with overt caution which does not work. Instead of that, one must try to play as aggressively as possible which helps one by not getting nervous and let him/her play with optimism and avoid chipping yips.