The yips are a challenging thing.
I don’t know if anyone who works more with the yips now than I do — typically I do 2 to 4 sessions per day with players with the yips.
I’ve learned that while I can be confident in saying I’m great at dealing with them, I’m not so arrogant that I say I beat them every time. It’s just too complicated a condition and too many variables are involved.
And as Dodgers’ pitcher Kuo has learned, you can feel like you have them beat and then they come roaring back.
Kuo was throwing well in Arizona on re-hab. Then well early back with the Dodgers.
But now he’s walked 7 of his last 15 batters. He says he’s fine. But do you buy that?
Of course I can’t say what is going on because I’ve never spoken with him. But I can say that unless you eliminate the SOURCE of the problem it will come back.
And the more pressure you’re under the more likely it is you’ll yip.
I just spoke with a mom who’s daughter is totally fine throwing in the back yard, and totally fine throwing in practice…. and a TOTAL WRECK throwing in a game.
She’s ready to quit.
No coaches or psychologists can help her. I’m confident I can because I
Like pre-1850’s or so when they didn’t know about germs. “What on earth could be causing these people do die?” said the doctors. They were very smart, highly trained, totally committed, but couldn’t solve the problem.
I see the same in nearly all baseball and golf coaches — it’s commensurate to their not know the yips are caused by a “germ” they can’t see and don’t know is there.
The germ is energy flow. The yips are a block in energy flow and must be treated as such.
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