So you’re a good golfer. And you deserve to be. You’ve put in the practice and you’ve worked hard to be this good.
But now something has shifted and you’ve got the yips. And whether it’s affecting your putting or chipping or some other aspect of play? You’re now stuck in a frustrating cycle of anticipating failure and making bad shots.
And I sure you’ve tried to fix this yourself. Maybe you’ve adjusted your play. Maybe you’re a right handed golfer and you’ve switched to the left. Maybe you’ve tried lots of things. But whatever you’ve done? It hasn’t worked. Yet.
So work with me & I’ll teach you a different approach.
Hypnosis for the golf yips
Sports hypnosis is powerful. It’s sometimes used as part of sports psychology.
But it’s important to know I’m not a sports coach.
I won’t be telling you how to perfect your technique!
Sure I’ve worked with professional sports people, high performing amateurs and people who play for fun.
But you are the good golfer. Not me. You’ve got what you need to be good again. You have the desire. The need and the technical know-how of your game. Even if you can’t see it.
But your mind?
THATS WHERE I COME IN
We will work together to get your powerful subconscious mind back in your game. We’ll help quieten those self doubting thoughts. And get shot of all those frustrating negative images.
Sports hypnosis uses the power of your subconscious mind to positively affect your mental & physical sporting performance.
So whether you are struggling with a specific aspect of play like the yips? Or something more general? Hypnosis might be the solution you need.
Here’s a quick list of how hypnosis can help:
- Reducing sports performance anxiety
- Revisiting the details of past successful play
- Visualising, reliving & feeling your best shots
- Mentally rehearsing your perfect performance & motor control
- Reframing poor performance and poor shots
- Anticipating success
- Increasing confidence & self belief
In your Hypnotherapy sessions I will combine both hypnosis & NLP techniques to help you overcome the yips and return to your usual play. And you’ll have tried & tested techniques that you can use before a round.
But it’s not just golf that hypnosis can help with.
In my teens I was trained by professional UK & NBA basketball players and what did we do? Cybernetics aka hypnosis for basketball – the results on my ‘swish’ were AMAZING!
As a hypnotherapist, I trained in Sports Hypnosis with former WBC Super Middleweight Boxing Campion of the World, Glenn Catley who himself used hypnotherapy to perfect his title winning moves the ‘cobra’ and the ‘mongoose’.
Roll on a few years and I’ve helped sports people across areas such as cricket, cycling, open water swimming & even sky diving.
If you feel your mind is holding you back from your best play? You might like to book a Hypnotherapy session here.
To understand more about hypnosis for golf keep reading this article.
I will cover:
- How hypnosis helps the yips
- The psychological side of golf
- What the yipes are
- What causes the yips
- Stress & the Yips
- Seven things you can do to help yourself if your still on the fence about hypnosis.
Or go right ahead and book your first session here.
If you’re completely new to hypnosis? You might like to start with this 4 minute video. You’ll get a quick overview of hypnosis then it covers sports hypnosis & the Sotchi Olympics from 2.25.
How does hypnosis help the yips?
As we’ve already established.
You are good at your game.
So chances are, something has affected your confidence or at least your ability to play golf at a deep subconscious level.
It might have been a crucial putt, a bad shot, something someone said or realising the enormity of the tournament level you are playing at. Or perhaps something much less obvious.
You don’t need to know what causes the yips to cure the yips.
If it’s psychological that is. And btw, as a Clinical Hypnotherapist I’m not allowed to say that I ‘cure’ only that I ‘help’.
What to expect in your session:
I will ask you your best hopes. What it is you want to achieve?
What will that look like? What will you be doing? What will other people think?
This sets a pathway for your conscious & subconscious mind. Like setting your satnav.
And we’ll take you back. We’ll identify when you have been at this standard before.
What was going on back then? Back when you weren’t over thinking your play?
What was your play like? Right down to the details?
It’s even useful to know what shoes you were wearing!
Maybe you used to enjoy tournament play. Maybe you used to teach.
It’s all useful.
We’ll work all this into your hypnosis. And your neurolinguistic programming (nlp). Remind your subconscious of just how brilliant you are. And teach you simple techniques that you can use on the course.
So we’ll take you back…
But not with regression.
I want you to tell me about when you played golf at your best.
What was going on back then? When you enjoyed your game.
What did your play like look like? Right down to the details?
Who did you play your best rounds with? Where did you play?
It’s even useful to know what shoes you were wearing!
Did you enjoy tournament play? Maybe you taught golf.
It’s all part of the story…
We’ll improve your golf with hypnosis
And neurolinguistic programming (nlp).
We’ll remind your subconscious of just how good your golf is. And teach you simple techniques that you can use on the course.
So if you think your mind is causing your yips? Hypnotherapy could be the solution.
The psychology of golf
I’ve worked with some wonderful sports people over the years. And they’ve all recognised the benefit of positive mental imagery. Because laying down a perfect mental blue print before play, or any form of performance (even public speaking) sets out a mental path and pre-informs your muscles.
Think satnav again!
It tells your brain what to prioritise.
Your brain is deigned to prioritise your own internal theories.
So if your brain is primed to notice your failures? It will prioritise all information that supports that theory. It will ignore incoming information that suggests you are a success. And will easily write off that success as a one off.
Anxiety makes the yips worse.
‘Some athletes become so anxious and self-focused — overthinking to the point of distraction — that their ability to execute a skill, such as putting, is impaired. “Choking” is an extreme form of performance anxiety that may compromise a golfer’s or any athlete’s game.’ (Mayo Clinic)
What are the yips?
A term first used by Tommy Armour, the yips are described as involuntary wrist spasms or jerks. These involuntary muscle movements most commonly effect golfers performance when trying to putt or when chipping. So for this reason, they are sometimes referred to as the putting yips or the chipping yips.
But the yips are not exclusive to golf.
They can affect athletes in other sports such as basket ball, tennis, darts and cricket and they can also affect musicians. This condition is characterised by the way it effects the most competent of performers.
Other names players use for the yips are the twitters, jitters, jerks, staggers and freezing up (in gymnastics lost move syndrome or the twisties).
What causes the yips?
The cause isn’t alway clear. But here are a few possible reasons:
- Continual overuse of a particular set of muscles.
- A crisis of confidence, sometimes caused by a known trigger.
- Tournament play
- Focal Dystonia
Whilst younger golf players are not immune, researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that more than one third of all serious golfers have suffered and that age (as well as experience and tournament play) could be a factor as well.
But whatever the cause? It’s almost certain that anxiety hampers your muscle movement and so worsens this condition. And the anxiety that causes? Exacerbates it further.
Your best play happens subconsciously
When you are playing well, you don’t need to micro analyse every move. Sure you might think about your moves, but you’re not worrying about them.You’re not worrying about you finer muscle movements or your physical attributes. And you can already feel your success on a subconscious level.
Think of it like this:
Before you care about a sport, you don’t know about it, don’t know how to do it & you are clueless. This is called unconscious incompetence.
When you are new to your sport (or musical instrument) you have to think about what you are doing. This is conscious incompetence. You know you’re not good. So you have to think about it when you’re practising.
When you become an experienced amateur, professional golfer or baseball player (for example) you move into a state of conscious competence and then deeper into unconscious competence.
So at first, you know you’re a good player and you still have to concentrate on your moves. But then you become so good, that focus becomes automatic, you can can perform well, follow your instincts under pressure, utilise muscle memory & perform at your best subconsciously.
In hypnosis this is know as a state of flow. In sport, you may have heard it referred to as being in your zone and in music, your grove.
Stress and the Yips
But now you’ve got the yips? You’re right back in that conscious awareness. So you consciously think about your body or grip and you start over thinking your putt, chip shot or stroke. You start anticipating this happening (which it then does). And the repeated fears of this happening makes finding your natural flow state even harder.
The putting yips, or chipping yips force you out of your relaxed, subconscious state. Where you find yourself over analysing, worrying and doubting your play.
Muscle movements become awkward and conscious.
And even your mental game starts to include visualisations of your bad play.
Stress & doubt create a self fulling prophecy.
And the more you do it? The better you get!
If you’d like to stop this vicious cycle & get actionable techniques to take to the golf course? Check my diary here.