View Full Version : The yips are really caused by nerves?

Apr 18th, 2005, 01:11 AM
I read an article in the paper yesterday about the 'yips' which affects many golf and tennis players. What is the yips? It is the condition where a great golfer has an easy putt for example but totally stuffs it up, or a tennis player has difficulty producing one particular shot such as elena with the serve or annak years ago with her service motion.

people have traditionally perceived the 'yips' as being a mental condition caused by nerves or anxiey ( a weak mental game), but some recent research has revealed evidence that it may be due to a damaged nervous system rather than purely mental problem :eek:

what do u think?

Apr 18th, 2005, 01:15 AM
if it is due to damaged nerves, or partly so, it doesnt seem there would be oo much hope for elena dementieva with the serve etc?

but i also think automaticity comes in to the equation too making it very hard to chane her motion

TF Chipmunk
Apr 18th, 2005, 01:28 AM
Well I'm sure everyone's genetic and chemical make-up is different...so I guess naturally some people would be better than others at certain things. In this case, that would be serves and nerves.