Because the yips may be related to overuse of specific muscles, a change of technique or equipment may help. Possible strategies include: Change your grip (Changes the muscles used to make the stroke); Use a different putter (allows the more use of arms and shoulders when compared to hands and wrist); Mental skills training (Techniques such as relaxation, visualization or positive thinking can help reduce anxiety, increase concentration and ease fear of the yips.)
The most common symptom associated with the yips is an involuntary muscle jerk, although some people experience tremors, twitches, spasms or freezing.
Yips are involuntary wrist spasms that occur most commonly when golfers are trying to putt. However, the yips can also affect people who play other sports ? such as cricket, darts and baseball. It was once thought that the yips were always associated with performance anxiety. However, it now appears that some people have yips that are caused by a focal dystonia, which is a neurological dysfunction affecting specific muscles.