In my mind there is nothing worse in golf than the putting yips. Absolutely dreadful, and if you haven’t yet experienced the yips you don’t want to.

A number of years ago I experienced the putting flinches so badly I seriously thought about walking away from the game. It was that bad.

I remember feeling nauseous walking onto the green and having the sensation that making some sort of decent stroke was an impossibility. There was one hole in particular where I had a 7 inch putt. I backed away from that putt twice and eventually made this nervous jab, the ball was lucky to fall into the hole. Every putt was a major battle – no fun whatsoever.

I’m glad I don’t experience these feelings anymore. I actually don’t think it’s possible for a yipper to last that long with serious putting yips – the condition puts a huge dent in the enjoyment and success that’s possible.

This week I received two emails from guys struggling with the putting yips. I found this earlier post and there’s some great info here. Worth checking out if you’ve got the yips or generally struggling with your putting game.