Golf & Sports & YIPS & Feeling

life is movement

The successful execution of rhythmic, coordinated, balanced, relaxed, functional and purposeful movements is an elementary part of our daily activities.

practice and science

On this website I inform you about coordination and movement disorders with a focus on golf & sports & YIPS

As a result of my many years of practical work as a trainer and my scientific research project with the support of the Federal Institute for Sports Science, I offer you current, new and comprehensive knowledge in the areas of YIPS and movement disorders. Based on these findings I will give you hints for an effective and sustainable training.

no lasting solutions

uneffective interventions

In my experience common approaches like:

  • deliberate directing and distracting attention by counting or breathing
  • changing the playing technique
  • mental training

do not do justice to the complexity of movements and their disturbances. As a consequence of too little and superficial knowledge about movement disorders, effects are not sustainable and do not work under competitive pressure. The danger of frustration up to the abandonment of the (sportive) activity are typical consequences of helplessness, ignorance and ineffective exercises.

Mastering the reaction of cramping (yips) is similar to learning a new complex movement. This process takes time and a high quality of practice.

recurring problems and failures

  • Do you know the fear of putting or the insecurity with other golf shots?
  • Are your hands not doing what they should?
  • Do you feel a powerlessness even before the start of the movement?
  • Do you know movement blockades?
  • Or do you fail to reach your true performance potential in certain situations?

reflection of training principles and failures

I explore the following questions:

  • how do bad movement habits and movement disorders develop?
  • how do movement disorders manifest themselves?
  • what can I do about it?

It is my concern to make recurring failures such as certain misses in golf explainable and to point out dangers in the (excessive) practice of techniques. Here, an unconscious learning of context-specific movement patterns plays an important role. As a consequence of "wrong" training, such as practicing a "neutral" movement technique, movement disorders can develop up to chronic YIPS.

Every person is unique and movements are accordingly individual. This website helps to question training principles and to reflect on failed movements.

movement as a unit

"The whole is more than the sum of its parts." (Aristoteles)

A holistic approach to movement and the right feeling lead to successful movement control.

Cramping, loss of control, hecticness, restlessness and insecurity are not the causes of YIPS but their consequence. Consequently, instructions such as "move loosely, rhythmically and in a coordinated manner" cannot be effectively implemented by the affected athletes.

Successful approaches to cure the YIPS - feelings and images

The motion imaging and the body feeling associated with them shape the action. 

First steps for improvement are to create exercise conditions under which the athlete moves (again) without disorders. As a consequence, a feeling and a self-confidence for the movement is created again. The disorder does not disappear immediately, but is checked again and again through systematic trial and error and transformed into a new feeling through practical action. In combination with specific movement imagery, lasting changes are produced. This is the way to fix the YIPS.

» Safely hole short putts and play long putts to the hole in a measured manner

» Feeling and repeatable chips

» Play reliable drives and tee shots

» Safe and fluent movements in other sports or activities

Bernd Paul Gerland

Expert of movement disorders (e.g. YIPS) and PGA Masterprofessional
Doctor of sports science

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Article about my research

Puzzling hiccups
during putting
(Quelle: Spiegel)

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Pure desperation
comes out

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im Golfsport

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all about YIPS -
interview with researcher Bernd Gerland
(Quelle: YouTube; Golf Post)

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loss of control

You practice regularly and are committed to your work. You have a feeling for the ball and movement and can successfully use the technique you have learned. And then you experience this...

Short putts always just miss the hole, and with the longer putts you lose control over the right measuring. You feel uncertainty or even a twitch in your hands when you make contact with the ball.

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Chipping and pitching often result in thin and fat hits as well as hits on the heel of the clubface, so-called sockets/shanks.
Your drives or tee shots "suddenly" have a noticeable spread in all directions.

Your movement becomes hectic in certain situations and your muscles tense up. Your handicap has stagnated for years or has even worsened.

In tennis your forehand "wobbles" at the moment of hitting the ball or during the serve the timing of the ball throw is disturbed and the direction and height of the throw is experienced as uncontrolled.

You feel like a beginner in your sport...but you practice regularly and are committed to the game!

Eight aspects worth knowing about YIPS!

1. The movement disorder is expressed in golf by a situational or chronic twitching or trembling of the hands in the approach phase to the ball.

2. Often, YIPS symptoms are felt in the forearm area of the dominant side of the arm. However, the symptoms can also appear on the non-dominant side or even in both hands.

3. According to my research, YIPS is a conditioned movement pattern and may be tied to a specific context. The unconsciously "learned" responses often lead to unrestrained movement performance with disastrous results. The true performance capacity can no longer be retrieved.

4. Bad learning can affect anyone and should be understood as a natural process that can cross sports.

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5. Bad learning can affect anyone and should be understood as a natural process that can cross sports. Scientific studies show that, depending on the study group and measurement method, between 15% and 50% of the golfers studied have Putt-YIPS.

6. Aktuelle Forschungsberichte weisen nach, dass auch Golfanfänger Putt-YIPS haben können. Es ist anzunehmen, dass hierbei ein unbewusster Transfer aus anderen Sportarten stattfindet („Anfängeryips“ und „Transferyips“).

7. Bad learning can affect anyone and should be understood as a natural process that can cross sports. Scientific studies show that, depending on the study group and measurement method, between 15% and 50% of the golfers studied have Putt-YIPS. In most of those affected, the movement can proceed without interference under certain conditions. The YIPS symptomatology appears reversible.

8. Specific exercises and their systematic application initiate counter-conditioning. With the recovery and the experience of a disturbance-free movement, a process of relearning and change of perspective begins.

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