The yips is the loss of fine motor skills without apparent explanation, in one of a number of different sports. Athletes affected by the yips demonstrate a sudden, unexplained loss of previous skills.
The most common symptom associated with the yips is an involuntary muscle jerk, although some people experience tremors, twitches, spasms or freezing.
Treament: There is no cure for the yips. Possible strategies include: Change your grip. Use a different putter. Mental skills training. Emerging therapies: Botulinum toxin (Botox), dopamine agents and beta blockers have been proposed as treatments for the yips.