Yips

Yips, or The yips is an expression describing an apparently baseless sudden loss of ability in one of a number of different sports.

Professional or leading amateur sportsmen affected by the Yips sometimes recover their ability, sometimes compensate by changing technique, or may be forced to abandon their sport at the highest level.

In golf

In golf, the yips is a movement disorder known to interfere with putting. The term "yips" is said to have been popularized by Tommy Armour — a golf champion and later golf teacher — to explain the difficulties that led him to abandon tournament play.Fact|date=August 2008 In describing the yips, golfers have used terms such as "twitches", "staggers", "jitters" and "jerks".

The yips affects between one-quarter and one-half of all mature golfers. [Smith et al., 2000.] Researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that 33 percent to 48 percent of all serious golfers have experienced the yips. Golfers who have played for more than 25 years appear to be most prone to the condition.

Although the exact cause of the yips has yet to be determined, one possibility is that, in some golfers, the condition may result from biochemical changes in the brain that accompany aging. Excessive use of the involved muscles and intense demands of coordination and concentration may make the problem worse. Focal dystonia is mentioned as another possibility for the real cause of yips.

The yips are most commonly associated with putting, and renowned golf coach Hank Haney has written a book specific to the subject in his 2007 “Fix the yips forever”. He is best known as the current coach of world number one player Tiger Woods. Haney goes on to explain in his book that the yips are not restricted to putting but are also a common, although often undiagnosed, problem amongst advanced players for putting as well as chipping yips and full swing yips.

In cricket

In cricket, the yips applies mostly to bowlers and seems predominantly to affect left-arm spinners. The affliction seems to involve bowlers having trouble releasing the ball at the end of their action. A notable recent example of this was Keith Medlycott, who was forced to abandon the sport, having reached the England squad. Another player, Gavin Hamilton, having played a Test as an all-rounder, largely abandoned his right-arm medium pace bowling, following the yips. [http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/scotland/content/current/player/14020.html] He did not make another Test appearance, but has enjoyed a One Day International career for Scotland, predominantly as a specialist batsman.

In other sports

The yips also affects other sports, including Australian rules football (Nick Riewoldt, a StKilda AFL player also suffers from the kicking yips.), baseball, basketball (Charles Barkley is a known sufferer. [ [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0HFI/is_5_53/ai_84454553 The Grillroom : Charles Barkley - on golf - Brief Article - Interview ] ] )

External links

* [http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/library/SA/00038.html Article on CNN Health]

ee also

*Dartitis

References


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