Every golfer dreads the Yips. We don’t like to see anyone who is suffering from this issue let alone contemplate having it ourselves. Although the Yips are more commonly associated with putting, they can be experienced in any part of the golf game, because no matter what shot you are about to play you always have time to think.
Yes, I know the Yips happen automatically without you having to think about them. But they only happen to a person when they are in a situation where there has been time to think.
In tennis the Yips only occur to a player when they are about to serve the ball. They don’t tend to surface in the rest of the game of tennis, as their response at that time is reactive as opposed to proactive. The Yips are also seen more prevalently in darts, snooker and pool as once again the player has time to think.
The Yips usually start because of over-thinking and then fear unconsciously takes over. The Yips then take a grip as an unconscious pattern of behavior. You no longer have to think about them and they just happen.
That said, it’s also pretty difficult for someone who suffers from the Yips to not think about them! A golfer with the Yips inevitably finds him or herself brooding fearfully about what will happen the next time they take whatever club it is out of their bag. And then almost as soon as they set up to the ball the Yips just happen. And the more you try to stop them from happening the worse they get.
When seeking to cure the Yips it is important to appreciate how they began and in which part of the mind they are now triggered. The Yips are quite definitely a physical, nervous reaction to the situation. It is an automatic reaction that just happens no matter how hard you try to stop it.
Your conscious mind alone will therefore not be able to overcome this affliction. Your subconscious mind is where this automatic reaction is triggered. Somehow you need to be able to change the wiring within the subconscious so that it sends a different signal to the nerves and muscles in your arms and hands.
Psycho Neuro Physiological Programming (PNPP) is what is needed. You need to get into your subconscious mind to send different messages throughout your neurotransmitters so that a different physiological reaction is triggered and experienced. Hypnosis allows access to your subconscious mind and this opens the door to allow such programming to take place.
In reality a cure for the Yips has to encompass both mental and physical spheres, as The Yips are a result of the interaction between the two that has become automated as an instinctive reaction to particular situations. Hypnosis and PNPP used together cover all aspects of the Yips from cause to end result and thus the automated reaction that is called the Yips can be cured.
Roseanna Leaton, avid golfer and specialist in golf hypnosis mp3s, author of the GolferWithin golf mind training system and developer of PNPP to cure the Yips.
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