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I am seriously worried about the state of my putting. I noticed in the last two rounds that I cannot, for the life of me, make a three foot putt. I get utterly psyched out standing over a short one and I feel completely uncomfortable. In the last two rounds, I missed a one foot putt, a six inch putt, and countless others under five feet. This is not normal for me. Is it just mental? Something in my stroke? I refuse to believe I have the yips so please help me!

 

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I am seriously worried about the state of my putting. I noticed in the last two rounds that I cannot, for the life of me, make a three foot putt. I get utterly psyched out standing over a short one and I feel completely uncomfortable. In the last two rounds, I missed a one foot putt, a six inch putt, and countless others under five feet. This is not normal for me. Is it just mental? Something in my stroke? I refuse to believe I have the yips so please help me!

 

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So I changed up my grip and have had great results over the short term. I reversed the way I grip my club - being left handed the old grip was left hand low now it's right hand low. The benefit is that it took out much of the arc in my putter swing.

 

 

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Have you tried the claw?

I am currently using the claw. Loved the change for the first couple months, but the last two rounds were terrifying! Maybe just give it time?

 

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So I changed up my grip and have had great results over the short term. I reversed the way I grip my club - being left handed the old grip was left hand low now it's right hand low. The benefit is that it took out much of the arc in my putter swing.

 

 

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Okay, I'll give the right hand low another try (I'm also left-handed). It would be awesome if this was something as simple as my grip.

 

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I am currently using the claw. Loved the change for the first couple months, but the last two rounds were terrifying! Maybe just give it time?

 

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I use the claw and it took me a few weeks before it became second nature.  I would hang with it a while longer and use the two tee drill.  Work on putts from three to five feet and place the tees just wide enough for your putter to pass through. 

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It's totally mental. When you can't get comfortable to putt a short one it's all mental, try switching to a different putter for a round or 2, if you are using a face balanced putter try one with a slight arc, or do the reverse if you are using a slight arc already. Also, change the routine for a bit on the short ones, don't take as much time, just set up and make the stroke, the longer you take the more thoughts that can come into the brain. This will be weird, but remember in the movie Major League 2 where the catcher couldn't throw the ball to the pitcher, and he started quoting the playboy articles then he was able to throw the ball back to the pitcher. Try that. Another trick, think about breasts, or anything to take your thoughts away from the putt. I know it sounds weird, but it works. You need to get out of your head.

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After jlukes recommended this to me, I found it on Google Play for like $8 and downloaded it with a bunch of free credit that I rack up from doing these surveys every couple of days. Very good read, I recommend it to everyone I know now.

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Looks like an awesome book, just what I'm looking for. Thanks jlukes!

 

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It's totally mental. When you can't get comfortable to putt a short one it's all mental, try switching to a different putter for a round or 2, if you are using a face balanced putter try one with a slight arc, or do the reverse if you are using a slight arc already. Also, change the routine for a bit on the short ones, don't take as much time, just set up and make the stroke, the longer you take the more thoughts that can come into the brain. This will be weird, but remember in the movie Major League 2 where the catcher couldn't throw the ball to the pitcher, and he started quoting the playboy articles then he was able to throw the ball back to the pitcher. Try that. Another trick, think about breasts, or anything to take your thoughts away from the putt. I know it sounds weird, but it works. You need to get out of your head.

I was thinking I would switch from a blade to a mallet for a couple of rounds and see if that makes a difference...

 

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Looks like an awesome book, just what I'm looking for. Thanks jlukes!

 

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No problem man. It really changed (simplified) my entire approach to putting. I actually look forward to putting now

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The yips are all mental. I battled them a few years ago. No fun! I went to a long putter for a year to break the pathway in the brain. Fortunately, I was successful and I'm back to my old putter.

 

 

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I am currently using the claw. Loved the change for the first couple months, but the last two rounds were terrifying! Maybe just give it time?

 

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Golfjunkie the one thing you didn't tell us is this a new situation? In other words you were putting well before the yipes started? Our has this been since you've been golfing?

 

Before you start trying different putters you should get fitted. If that's not on your list then download the Iping app (if you have an iPhone and buy the cradle (about $10 ).. The app will give you lots of info as well as make a recommendation on the type (not brand) of putter you should use.

 

 

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It is essential that your grip pressure remains consistent; be mindful that your shoulders move the putter, everything else is merely along for the ride. Practice your stroke without a ball for 5 minutes. Then add the ball but just roll putts without a target. You'll be stroking putts right in the center again within 30 minutes.

 

 

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Golfjunkie the one thing you didn't tell us is this a new situation? In other words you were putting well before the yipes started? Our has this been since you've been golfing?

 

Before you start trying different putters you should get fitted. If that's not on your list then download the Iping app (if you have an iPhone and buy the cradle (about $10 ).. The app will give you lots of info as well as make a recommendation on the type (not brand) of putter you should use.

 

 

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I have only had this problem for two rounds. I wouldn't say I was a good putter before, but I felt comfortable standing over the ball.

 

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Try looking at the hole while you putt inside of 5 feet. Focus on a blade of grass behind the cup and nothing else and you will watch putts drop like never before.

 

 

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I am seriously worried about the state of my putting. I noticed in the last two rounds that I cannot, for the life of me, make a three foot putt. I get utterly psyched out standing over a short one and I feel completely uncomfortable. In the last two rounds, I missed a one foot putt, a six inch putt, and countless others under five feet. This is not normal for me. Is it just mental? Something in my stroke? I refuse to believe I have the yips so please help me!

 

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Since this is a new thing you are probably just compensating for the previous miss which causes more misses.  Close your eyes and stroke a few putts or focus on rolling the ball over a spot on the green.   If you hit that spot,  you don't have a stroke issue.  Just make the stroke you know you can make and you will get by this.  

 

be mindful that your shoulders move the putter, everything else is merely along for the ride. 

 

What moves the putter is a personal choice; you choose to use shoulders.   You can use arms and no shoulders (Stan Utley method), left side (Dave Stockton method),  or right side (Tiger Woods method).   

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Take all the change from your left pocket and putt it in your right, turn your hat around backwards, put this tee behind your left ear. I look stupid. Just do it Roy. Stop shooting chili peppers up Lee Janzens ass.

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Okay, played yesterday and tried not to think about putting. I think it worked pretty well. I can't wait to get back out there and get in some more practice. Thanks for the advice, guys!

 

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