How To Beat The Yips In Golf So That You Enjoy The Game More #BITESIZE

How To Beat The Yips In Golf So That You Enjoy The Game More #BITESIZE

Alessia Bruno is a Clinical and Sports Psychologist, Mental and Performance Trainer specialising in Brainspotting and EMDR. She lectures at National Sport congresses and holds courses accredited by the Ministry of Health.  She helps athletes and performing artists to overcome blocks, choking, slumps, yips, trauma and works with expansion to take people and their potential beyond to where it was before the issue.

Alessia Bruno

The “yips” is a term commonly used in golf.  It describes sudden and unexplained losses of fine motor skills which impact on putting strokes and golfers chipping action.  It is argued that somewhere between 32 and 47% of serious golfers have been affected by the yips at some point.  The yips can be a very complex challenge to overcome where many golfers simply change technique and equipment numerous times.  Sports psychologists are advocates of the use of hypnosis, relaxation and visualisation techniques, as well as carefully thought out practice routines to help golfers regain confidence and trust in their putting stroke. 

In this bitesize episode #163 of the Demystifying Mental Toughness Podcast, my colleague Dr Alessia Bruno tells you more about the yips, what happens in the brain as well as offering you some hope if you experience this debilitating condition, where she refers to techniques such as Brainspotting and EMDR as a way to help you enjoy your golf or sport again.

Key Learning Points:

  • The yips is a type of performance anxiety where motor skills are impacted.
  • Golfers tend to become very rigid and controlling when performing a skill.
  • The yips is a serious problem which can seep into other areas of your sport.
  • The yips can cause many athletes to quit their sport.
  • When the yips occurs, a fight or flight or freeze response occurs.
  • The limbic system is activated when we’re fearful, especially the amygdala.
  • Brainspotting and EMDR are techniques that allow us to process the memory without getting activated when we play golf or sport.

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Ep013: Karl Morris – How to stay present like a major champion

Ep012: Alessia Bruno – The Yips, Crashes, Trauma in Sport there is hope for Athletes

Ep092: Dr James Hegarty – ACT in Sport, Improving Performance through Mindfulness

Ep101: Compilation – 25 Mental Game Secrets to Improve Your Golf

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David Charlton

Global Sports Psychologist who is located near Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK and willing to travel Internationally.  David also uses online video conferencing software (Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp) on a regular basis and has clients who he has supported in USA, Canada, South America, UAE, Australian and New Zealand.  

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