During various times during every golf season, I develop a case of poor chipping. I am not sure it would be considered the yips, but needless to say it is very frustrating. With such a short season, I am always looking for ways to beat my chipping woes and return to the path of confidence that leads to positive results. I am sure many of you feel the same way and wish you had a process that works for your game…..don’t we all. I found an interesting drill by Butch Harmon that just might be the answer.
Butch Harmon describes the chipping yips as the left arm stopping before you complete your swing. Then your wrists break causing the ball to shoot across the green away from the pin. In my case, the yips emerge when I pull up with my left (leading) shoulder just at contact. I have no idea why I decide it is a good idea to help the ball along, but it happens. And for some unknown reason I cannot stop it immediately.
When the yips finally disappear, I am back to normal like nothing has happened. I know many of you have experienced the same thing and understand how I feel. I am always searching for a way to beat my poor chipping because even one day on the links with poor chipping caused by me pulling up my left shoulder is one day too many!
However, with Butch Harmon’s advice, I think I might have found a solution.
Harmon’s advice is something I can do while playing as a practice swing. It does not look complicated and seems to be a viable solution to my challenges by forcing my left shoulder in the proper position during the completion of the my swing. If this works (which I will try today), then I have landed on a gold mine.
I wonder if any of you have tried this drill? If so, how did it work for you?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!