|Overcoming the Yips|
|Ask the Golf Coach!|
Q: I used to be a confident putter but am now alarmed to find that I have developed twitching whilst putting. It has severely knocked my confidence. I switched to a belly putter which helped for a while but can you recommend a longterm solution?
This is a horrible problem and I sympathise, as I too have suffered with this problem. In fact for a spell I putted with my eyes shut!
My take on the twitch is that it usually starts as a technical error in set up or stroke. We then mis-strike / hit the putt and in no time at all the gremlins running around our heads are in full voice "You can't do this!"
This then creates tension at the moment of putting, which leads to an involuntary flick of the hands.
Former Ryder Cup captain and twice Masters Champion, Bernard Langer, suffered with this and overcame it, more than once.
1. Change your grip on the putter
This throws the mind a swerve ball, in terms of changing the feel which in turn confuses the gremlins You can now focus on rolling the ball with a calm mind.
2. Change your putter
3. Change your beliefs