YIPS & CHOKING
WHAT ARE THE YIPS?
Yips can occur in a variety of sports, striking at any time, attacking a player of any age or ability. It suddenly begins with a twitch or jerky movement in a muscle, preventing you from performing a move.
A golfer may suddenly find they can’t sink a 3 foot putt…...
A netball player unable to release the ball….
A cricketer can't bowl the ball smoothly…
A tennis player finds it impossible to create a serve due to jerky movements in the arm…
If any of these scenarios sounds familiar, you could be suffering with a bout of the Yips. Rest assured you’re not alone, the yips can affect any player, even top professionals can be prone to a bout
Chuck Knoblauch a New York Yankee pitcher suffered
Ernie Els the professional golfer suffered a bout in putting
Scott Boswell a cricket bowler suffered for 10 years
Eric Bristow the world famous darts player gave up the game as he couldn’t resolve the issue
Yips can occur in a variety of sports, striking at any time, attacking a player of any age or ability.
It suddenly begins with a twitch or jerky movement in a muscle, preventing you from performing a move.
HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU HAVE THE YIPS?
Typically you will experience one or more of the following
You find yourself jerking, stabbing or freezing on a skill you’ve performed with ease previously
You over analyse how to carry out a skill and find yourself confused with too much information
Your body becomes so tight with tension you can’t complete the skill
You can't switch off thinking about messing up
You blame a bad move, shot or pass on bad mechanics and start looking for quick fixes, which leads to even more problems
It can be so debilitating, as you know what to do, you’ve done it a millions times before, but the mental chatter inside your head prevents you from performing when you most need it. Inevitably most people try to fix the yips by physically making changes their mechanics. This unfortunately will not resolve the issue, at best it will create a short-term fix, at worst, it will make you become frustrated as you chase your tail making more physical changes and not getting the results you desire. To cure the yips you need to work on the mental aspect. Thats not to say your mental, its to recognise that yips occur due to performance anxiety, fear of failure or setting yourself high expectations to perform well.
TIPS TO OVERCOME THE YIPS
Start off by taking a reality check - is this really happening or am I perceiving it to be true?
Am I able to perform this skill?
Have I performed this skill successfully in the past?
Can I perform this skill in practice with ease?
Have I a physical limitation preventing me from performing the skill?
Do I believe I can no longer perform this skill?
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