If you mean playing for a large draw or large fade/slice I can relate to that. The only swing I can put on the ball when the full yips are in bloom is a big distance eating slice. Not sure why I can do that yip free but I can.
I would imagine it's similar to falling off a 4 inch wide balance beam. If I tell you it's ok to fall but you must fall off the right side, you relax and fall off the right side (ie, you hold the clubface pretty open, or pretty darn open, or way wide friggin open). What you've actually done is expand the margin exponentially.Your brain can make sense of that and the confidence you can do it takes away the pressure. So with the big slice, you don't really have outer bounds that put you in steer mode. That's what the yips are: steer mode on steroids.
If I said, "Ok, you can slice the ball, but it has to be between a 10 yard slice and a 20 yard slice, no larger or smaller", you'd yip it again.
On a normal straight shot, your brain tells your hands on the down swing: "Don't miss it too far left, and for heaven's sake, don't miss it too far right." Your hands cannot operationally guard against left and right at the same time. Big flinch.
Edited by virtuoso, 15 November 2012 - 01:43 PM.