The Yips

There is a great article in The New Yorker (May 26, 2014) that goes on and on as the articles in this magazine do. It is pretty extensive on the topic of ‘The Yips’. It is much like writer’s block and there are questions as to its origin. At any rate this affects the control of their shots.

Other names are “the jerks”, “whiskey fingers”, “the staggers”, “freezing” and “the waggles”.

Other sports are also affected, such as cricket bowlers, those who play darts, archery or baseball (going by different names).

For those suffering from this, the article is a great one.


In my mind, ultimate balance, that incredible lightness of being. One is so balanced that they feel light. No need to ‘hold’ anything or rigidly put the body into place.

By tensegrity I mean the whole three dimensional structure of the human form working in a constant state of tension and compression to afford an ease in balance even when moving. There is no need to force. Our bodies are equipped to work in this multidimensional balance.

golfers’ movement begins from the feet

This applies to all athletes.

The main reason that golfers have problems with their knees, shoulders, back, etc. is because they are not moving from their feet.   If one moves from the feet, first, then they are first, grounded and have more power in their swing.   The impact on the ball is achieved with the whole body, not just the shoulders or by straining the back.

When I have a client I find that working a painful area is beneficial but not the whole story.  After all, the pain is a symptom of so much more.  A better solution is to integrate all the areas of the body. This gives my client the ability to work their body as a whole.  Taken to their game, it allows for more efficiency, fluidity, accuracy and distance from each swing.  There is an ease and more control of the movement because of the grounding and balance that is achieved.  Now that body has the capacity of having the movement travel through the body and out.   Not piecemeal and in snippets of energy that work against the body.  More expenditure of energy comes through the body as a whole and out to the ball.

For those who wish to participate in the sport for an indefinite length of time, feet first.