The YIPS phenomenon has been on my mind since 1990. At the time, I was studying at the German Sports University in Cologne and while taking a basic tennis course, I noticed an unusual change in my playing technique: When hitting the ball, my wrist felt completely unstable and I suddenly had difficulty executing my forehand stroke in a controlled manner. The problems unsettled and frustrated me enormously and my game on the forehand side "collapsed". YIPS was an unknown problem for me at that time.


Years later, the YIPS phenomenon also preoccupied me in golf. In the meantime, I had completed my training as a PGA golf instructor and since then, as a coach, I have repeatedly encountered players who are affected by YIPS. I also noticed the problem in my own game - first when putting, then when chipping, and a few years ago also with the full swing, especially with the driver.

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

A few years ago I started to play tennis more frequently again. My knowledge of YIPS and the application of specific exercises combined with reflection on my forehand technique (including grip and holistic backswing) help me to retrain my forehand stroke and push the dysfunctional movement pattern into the background.

Creating and training feeling and images - curing the YIPS 

A comparable development succeeds in my golf. Accordingly, the joy and enthusiasm for my own game has returned through the systematic use of holistic movement concepts and their combination with practical exercises as well as a changed perspective!

Individual solutions

The knowledge gained from my own "YIPS story" and from my research work at the Psychological Institute of the German Sports University as well as from my many years of experience as a golf coach are valuable building blocks for the analysis of YIPS and likewise in the application of successful intervention measures. This is not a standardized program to fix YIPS. Motor disorders can develop on very different levels. Therefore, I always look at the individual case and provide individual solution approaches to cure YIPS.

With my expertise, I support and advise affected recreational and competitive golfers as well as athletes from other sports in the fight against YIPS. I help those affected to reach their goals again. There are many personal YIPS stories to tell....



» Born in Bochum, Germany, in 1968

» Studied at the German Sports University in Cologne to become a certified sports teacher (profile: recreational and competitive sports, main focus: Soccer, Tennis and Hockey)

» Doctorate in sports science at the German Sport University Cologne, Psychological Institute, Prof. Dr. Dr. Markus Raab, Dept. of Performance psychology (click here)click heretopic: The YIPS - a learned disorder of motor performance? 

» 2013 - 2015 Implementation of the BISp-funded project: The yips phenomenon as a "performance killer" in elite sports - prevention and rehabilitation using the example of the putting yips in the Olympic sport of golf. The two-year research project was funded by the Federal Institute for Sports

» PGA Golf Masterprofessional (PGA of Germany), A-Trainer des DGV/DOSB

» Since 1999 working as a PGA golf instructor at the golf course Sankt Urbanus in Cologne-Libur

(s. Dr. Velte Golf) - with extensive teaching experience (click here)

» Life-Kinetik Trainer (

» Member of PGA of Germany and PGA NRW

» Participation in further education seminars of the PGA of Germany and the DGV in the areas of training, club fitting, (golf) psychology, golf and health, didactics and motor skills, among others.

» Various lectures on the topic of YIPS: A-Trainer Training of the German Golf Association 2014-2019 in Cologne, Arbeitsgemeinschaft Sportpsychologie (ASP) Conference 2014 in Munich, SAM PuttLab User Conference 2014 in St. Leon-Rot, Putt-Konferenz 2017 in Frankfurt

» Book: Bernd Paul Gerland; Der Yips – eine erlernte Störung motorischer Leistungsvollzüge? Phänomenanalyse und Interventionsmöglichkeiten am Beispiel des Putt-Yips im Golf, Sportverlag Strauß, Köln – 1 Aufl. 2015, ISBN 978-3-86884-531-0Publisher: Federal Institute for Sports Science