YIPS! What is it...
Yips or the Yips so they say is
an expression used to describe the apparent loss of certain motor skills seemingly without explanation in one of a
number of different sports. Actually it is a phobia that affects athletes and it can be
Professional or leading amateur
athletes can all be affected by the Yips sometimes recover their ability, sometimes compensate by changing
technique, or may be forced to abandon their sport at the highest level. Usually caused by stress and
Yips for baseball as for a
pitcher that can’t find the plate. Even a catcher who can’t throw the ball back to the pitcher. He might have
issues releasing the ball back. and becomes frustrated. Working with numerous pitchers who are fine pitching, when
it comes to throwing to the bases it becomes too much stress when he needs to pitch to the catcher especially
during pressured times.
Golfers have the same issues
when it comes with putting. Their focus is not there and they feel their grip is different and they can not perform
as they once did. A uncertainty is there in their mind that gives them doubt they refer to this as
YIPS effects all athletes and
they need to learn how to take control over their sport in order to make a improvement.
The Yips affects players in
sports such as Baseball Pittsburgh Pirate pitcher Steve Blass was sent down to the minors to rid himself of the
Yips; the "Steve Blass Disease" diagnosis is applied to talented players most notably Blass or New York Yankess
second baseman Chuck Knoblauch who inexplicably and permanently seem to lose their ability to perform. It can
happen to any player no exceptions.
- Throws the ball to the
Pitcher- Mental part of the Brain
- The Fear of throwing the ball and releasing
it~ Emotional part of the
- Performance of actually throwing the ball to the
player Physical part of the
Each time the player feels
threaten the mind freezes. Once the mind feels stressed and pressure the mind feels less accurate with each throw.
The player then gets more distressed, doubts and need to correct his pitching or throwing more and that's when
instead of getting better it turns to the worst.
Focus and Confidence is part of
the program and with having Yips sometimes it is hard for the athlete to regain it after a long period of
Many athletes have experienced
tremendous results by leaving the Yips behind by using the Mental Training Program. Baseball Yips can affect anyone
at anytime and all athletes can overcome having the Yips but you can not avoid it.
So I bet you ask I wonder If I
have the Yips...
- One player had a hard time
staying focus at bat, so he would shift one side to the other and when the ball was coming towards the batter
he stepped back from the ball. After using the tools from the Mental Training Program the batter found
himself being focused and hitting the ball out of the park.
- A Major League athlete had
a problem throwing the ball to the pitcher and found that he can throw it 90-120 feet but was unable to throw
it 60 feet to the mound. He then found that by using the techniques of focus and relaxing he can overcome the
fears and be able to take control and throw without fear.
- A pitcher was unsure why
he had a difficult time releasing the ball as he pitched it to the catcher. He was frustrated and felt that he
was going to overthrowing the base. Once he knew what he needed to do with his focus, it had to
change and now he was able to "Let go" of his fears and he was able to pitch without any
- A catcher, needed some
help about releasing the ball to the pitcher due to a past injury. He was stressed and feeling
distracted about how he was throwing. He needed to get back to his old self and needed a positive change with
immediate results. He made the changes in his career and started to see it happen for him and now he overcame
- My favorite player MLB had
difficulty hitting the ball and his BA was getting bad, He tried things that were unconventional and then he
came to me by referral. By this after a few sessions his game had turned around and he was hitting like his old
self once again.
These and many others have used
the Mental Training Program with Pattie Freeman and they have found great results. The Athletes feel that they will
try anything to find out why this is happening and get it corrected quickly before it gets
So if you have a Baseball
situation and need assistance in getting results just remember you are dealing with the subconscious mind and this
is where it all started and that's is what Mental Training deals with to correct it. It had formed a habit forming
routine of letting your mind fear it over and over. Throwing the ball and getting the same results with no changes
and now there is a way to get rid of those negative responses and start a fresh new chapter in your
So why wait and
try to figure out if you have the Yips or not...does it matter?
Do you want to play
Are you waiting for it
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