Yips Not Gone: Kuo Magnon Man

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.

Here’s the recent article about Kuo

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3 thoughts on “Yips Not Gone: Kuo Magnon Man”

  1. My son, a rising senior, has been recruited by Stanford, AZ State, Baylor and many others. After scouts (professional and College) started showing up this summer with radar guns he has started throwing 3 feet in front of plate and to the backstop. He has decided to give up baseball. It all started at Stanford camp where he pitched 3 2/3 innings with 9 Ks and 2 ground outs. The next batter bunted back to him and he threw it 4 feet over the 1st baseman’s head. He was scheduled to go 4 innings and never got another out due to errant pitches in the dirt and to the backstop. Previously Stanford had told him he was a premium recruit for them and since has told him they are going in a different direction. He has had several outings since Stanford with the results being varied and the last outing being pulled after 4 straight walks. Can you help?

  2. I am an outfielder at Chattanooga State. I have had the yips for over a year and a half and I even had to transfer schools from Walters State and change from the infield to the outfield. My confidence still isn’t there and I even have talked to Dr. Crowley that has written the book Mentalball and paid way too much money for his sessions that didn’t work. I’m losing the love of the game and not performing like I did in high school.

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