Yuck, on 18 October 2018 - 08:33 AM, said:
Yes. My yips seem like arms / shoulders stop mid stroke. When that happens, I will either barely hit the ball with the heel leading and miss right and short or flip my hands to save it and go long left. Inside a foot I am still on line enough to make it almost always when this happens unless left short. In the 18 inch to 3.5 foot range, if this happens, it will not come close to hitting the hole. This is not a conscious thing, and I cannot replicate it when practice putting. I cannot convince my brain I am practicing when I am on the course. This is not every putt, but probably 3 to 6 per round when it is bad. This also puts pressure on my lag putting, sand play and chipping which are all pretty good.
If you watched it when happening, you reaction would be disgust, followed by pity. My normal playing parters do not even make fun of it, since it is so sad. I am the reason all putts get putted out in our games. My index reflects my putting, so the games are fair. Current index is 4.5, trending 4.2, But that is because I now have a couple of rounds under 30 putts and a couple at 30 putts in my last 20.
So you are describing myself 3 years ago. I had the yipps for 5+ years. I won a tournament (flighted) by shooting 80 with 41 putts. On short puts my right arm felt like it was convulsing, I would try to use my "big" muscles to hit a 3' putt. My mind would tell me it's way too hard of a swing, so I'd decelerate and at the last minute my brain says "oh crap it's gonna be short" then I fire my right hand at it. I had numerous 3' straight putts where I missed the hole by more than a foot on the left side (or left them short). I use to joke that I had a form of Parkinson that only appears when I'm close than 6' to the hole. One guy in my group responded back with "well do you putt better in the morning."
Here are all the putting styles I tried over that 5-10 year span none of which worked for me.
overlap grip, 10 finger grip, double overlap, left hand low, claw, saw, pencil, belly putter (kind of worked but now illegal), 1 handed putting, eyes closed, looking at hole. Throw in 1-2 different putters and styles per year on top of that. Many things seemed to work for varying periods of time some seemed to work for 8-9 holes, and some worked for 2-3 months. But the spasms would always come back.
Here is the only thing I've done that has seemed to help me get over it (although I feel like a person in rehab, and I'll never truly be over the yipps). It's actually 2 things the first didn't really help my yipps.
1) I noticed when putting looking at the hole my distance control was remarkably better. So now any time I'm more than 6' from the hole I putt looking at the hole. It makes my next putt a lot shorter (over 1000's of lag putts I recorded I was about 40% closer by looking at the hole).
2) This is the big one for the yipps. I switched to a very heavy putter (660+ grams). This basically forces me to use my big muscles and take my arms out of the stroke. I have been using a CURE putter for the last 3 years with the weight damn near maxed out on it. I also noticed it has the added benefit of a higher MOI, so my issue with not hitting the center of the club face while looking at the hole has made my lag putting even better. It took me 2-3 months to get use to the weight, but *knock on wood* I have not felt that "yippy" spasm type feeling in a single putt since getting that putter. I use to have that feeling 4-5 times a round. It's kind of ironic that it's named CURE because so far it has cured my yipps.
I don't know if it will work for you but I was able to find a used one on second swing for $80. I'm not magically the best putter in the world now. But because that $80 got rid of that terrible spastic convulsion feeling that is the 1 club in my bag that has a permanent spot (assuming that feeling never returns). I don't really give a damn what any putter fitting will ever tell me, that putter can only be pulled from my bag if that yippy feeling returns, other than that you can pull it from my cold dead hands.
*Even typing this conversation about the yipps I feel my right hand trembling as if just typing the response makes me want to start crying. This is really a terrible golf disease that for those that haven't ever dealt with it will never truly understand.
Edited by jasonfish11, 18 October 2018 - 09:24 AM.