What are Putting Yips?

By: Clint Jhonson

Putting yips are defined as being jerks or tremors that appear during putting. They appear because the player is not comfortable with the game or the putt he has to make. The nervousness in making a shot indicates most of the time the lack of practice and sometimes the player's level of stress. These yips can be lessened with the help of a golf training aid. There are several golf aids that let you improve your putting and it is only a matter of choosing which one you want to get.

Putting yips also manifest themselves as freezing while putting. Researchers believe that they are the result of both psychological and physical causes. It also appears that yips are more frequent at the committed players because of their posture and the grip style they use. The players who make their body stay in an atypical posture are more prone to get yips. Even though they might think it is ok to stay in an atypical posture for a while, the body gets tired and responds through shaking, freezing of the body and jerks. Since having a straight stroke is very important in a putting, having yips can de devastating for a player. However if you have yips and do not try to do anything about them, your scores will not be the one you are used to having.

A golf training aid can help you improve your putt and can let you learn how to hit a smooth stroke. This can also help you reduce your yips or at least let you find ways to avoid it or trick it. Some golf players and researchers believe that yips depend on the kind of putt you are making, but it usually manifests during a long putt. Also it seems that having at least two putters of different weights can lower your yips. Thus getting a putter for long putts and one for short putts can be a way of making your stroke smooth and also to beat the distance problem. It goes without saying that when you practice you should use all the putters you have and practice accordingly with each one. Because putting is such an important part of the golf game and keeping in mind that usually you can only select 14 clubs during a golf game, having two putters is not a bad idea. Even if you have two different putters you do not always have to take both of them, but getting comfortable with using them is very important so use them with an additional golf training aid.

It is usually that pressure situations worsen the yips. This is why it is very important to try and stay calm during a game and play for the sake of playing rather than for the sake of winning, especially if you are playing with your friends or at an amateur level. The training aid can help you in case you are a tensed person and get under pressure easily. By improving your putting and getting more comfortable with your grip and stroke, when you are out on the course you will feel more relaxed, because you know your putting has improved. Thus the chances of your body freezing before you have to do an important putt can be minimized and instead of having to concentrate on keeping your body steady you can concentrate on hitting the ball and sending it in the hole.

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