Why the Putting Yips Show Up When It’s Important

In this episode, Dr. Cohn answers a question from a reader about why golfers get the putting yips when they think it’s important to make putts. Here’s the question of the week:

PAUL: I’m a 10-12 handicap, 54 years old, play about twice a week, and I have the putting yips but, I don’t think it is about fear of embarrassment. Instead, it is about being seen as good by winning the match. The longer I wait my turn to putt, the worse it gets. When I don’t care about the putt—I’m out of the hole, then I have no issues. Only when it matters does the yips kick in.

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Dr. Patrick Cohn is a golf psychology expert and author of the “Golfer’s Mental Edge” audio program and Breaking The Yips Cycle DVD program. He teaches amateur to tour professional golfers how to improve their mental game of golf using golf psychology strategies developed over the last 30+ years of his career.

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