Tips For Golfers Who Struggle With Putting Yips

Dr. Patrick Cohn, golf psychology expert and author of the “Golfer’s Mental Edge” program, teaches amateur to tour professional golfers how to improve their mental game of golf using golf psychology strategies developed over the last 20 years of his career.

In this week’s golf psychology session, mental game of golf expert and author of The Mental Game of Golf, Dr. Cohn, shares a tip from a golfer who has been working on curing the yips.

Mike wrote in and said:

“I want to thank you for the initial tips on curing the yips! I putted with my eyes closed, did the tap-in drill, etc. and I came up with something some of your students might find useful. Along with putting alternating with eyes closed, I putt using the Laney Johnson orthopedic surgeon putting guru drill. In addition, one thing I came up with is hitting putts under the lid of a shoe box. This helps with not seeing the hit at impact because you don’t see the putter hit the ball and it happens so quickly as the putter head is mostly under the lid until impact. I have trained myself now to just watch the putter come to a stop on the finish of the swing, which also helps keep my head down. doing this I avoid coming up on the putt which i think may have started my yips in the first place. Thank you for your help on the website at I hope you’ll have your students try this, they might find it useful.”

Listen to the audio below to hear what Dr. Cohn says about Mike’s tip:

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