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Good coach for yips

  • 03-01-2022 9:31am
    Registered Users Posts: 42 Jimbee

    Hi guys, happy new year to you all. Can someone recommend a good coach for the Chipping yips? Also include why you think the coach is better than a regular pga coach.

    I'm looking for an x factor as I have had lots of coaching but mostly technique based.

    My technique is good my focus is switching ball bound in that split second before I hit causing all sorts of bad strikes. I don't mind travelling I'm living in Waterford and didn't rejoin my club this year out of frustration with my game.


  • Registered Users Posts: 46 Sipper

  • Registered Users Posts: 19,645 ✭✭✭✭ Rikand

    X factor eh ?

    Best 3 minute chipping lesson you'll ever see and i had been having trouble with my chipping for the last couple of years. I saw this and it has improved me so much.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,481 ✭✭✭ willabur

    Weight on lead leg, ball first then most important.. Accelerate through the ball

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,301 ✭✭✭ coillcam

    OP, I think you've hinted towards your own answer here. If you're moving the ball position around randomly at address without having a clear intention or commitment on the shot type you've chosen, you're ALWAYS going to get inconsistent results. Any coach will tell you this and they don't need to be a short game savant. I would say you need a repeatable routine more than anything. Practising a consistent routine might be more beneficial than hitting 1000s of chips:

    1. Address your chip with the same focus as a tee or approach shot or putt: Is it short or long and needs to run? Is my lie okay? Is it uphill/downhill? etc.
    2. Choose the shot and club needed based on how you perceive point 1. For me it's a sand wedge for short ones or 8 iron for longer bump/run.
    3. Keep it simple: Chip with only one club or 2 absolute max. Ball position always middle or slightly back. Just make it easy as possible and repeatable by reducing variables
    4. Technique: I now know my ball position is X for this shot and I'm hitting Y club. I'm going to step beside the ball to take 3 to 5 practice strokes (or more), exactly same pace as I would hit it.
    5. COMMITMENT: When I'm happy I'm going to step forward and execute the same as my practice stroke.
    6. COMMITMENT Pt 2: You can at an address not feel comfortable because something has changed or you noticed something else. It's 100% fine to step back for a moment to breathe and re-assess. Once you've re-assessed, commit to the decision you've made, make the practice strokes before stepping forward to execute.
    7. Be realistic: It is okay to fail. We're not all scratch golfers or on tour. Expect that periodically we will get yips or make random mistakes.

    Regards coaches I don't have a specific recommendation but I've two friends in my local club that went to specialist coaches for short game. Both said it was immensely beneficial. One went to Slieve Russell and the other went to the Dave Pelz 1 day course. They're costly but both guys are serious golfers and were singing praises.

  • Registered Users Posts: 718 ✭✭✭ ShivasIrons

    I haven't seen a real case of the yips yet. I'm not saying they don't exist but actual yips are very very rare.

    Your problems are technical and mechanics based, but your brain is now cluttered and this is compounding the situation. Come and see me, I'll sort you out in 10 minutes. It's not ball back, weight forward and accelerate.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 42 Jimbee

    Thanks guys, I really feel when the pressure is on, I tend to switch my focus at the last second to the ball. When I'm Chipping well I'm trying to hole it, I'm focused on where the ball is going but when pressure is on I lm trying to make sure I make clean contact unintentionally.

    I have had Chipping lessons with David Hayes in Dungarvan he's very good and helped me a lot with technique. In saying that a bad chip is probably poor technique but is it the yips causing it?