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Fix the Yips Forever: The First and Only Guide You Need to Solve the Game's Worst Curse Hardcover – Bargain Price, November 2, 2006

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Currently Tiger Woods’s swing coach, Hank Haney has won every major teaching honor in golf and also serves as an analyst for ABC and ESPN. Ranked among the top five instructors in the world by Golf Digest and named 1993 PGA National Teacher of the Year, Haney lives outside Dallas. Matt hew Rud y is a senior writer at Golf Digest, where he has collaborated on cover instruction stories with luminaries such as Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, and Vijay Singh.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gotham (November 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592402364
  • ASIN: B000VYVLYY
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,344,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Fernando L. Sosa on June 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
It took me many years to find out that I've had the yips since I learned to play golf when I was only twelve years old. Its terrible to love this game so much and not be able to progress simply because this strange ailment that came into my swing when I least expected. It affected not only my putting but every aspect of my game, maybe the wiring in my brain is not suitable for playing golf but because hope is the last thing you loose I keep looking for a cure.

A few years ago I started learning about the neurological causes of the yips from the studies on the Mayo Clinic, they found that is simply an involuntary movement similar to what is known as distonia or basically a nervous tic that appears in moments of stress. After so many years at least I have an explanation to my weird unexpected swings, the sad thing about this study is that the researchers didn't have a clue on how to cure the condition.

So you can imagine the illusion into which I bought this book, with such a promising title and by such a prominent author I couldn't wait to find out how to get rid of the yips that have make me so miserable for so many years.

Good explanation about the causes of the yips and an interesting research by the germans with the device to detect the exact moment on which a golfer gets the involuntary movement, otherwise this book is a rip off. It does not deliver what it promises, it only make some suggestions on how to help yourself on controlling the yips not to get rid of them. The author recognizes the difficulty in controling the yips when chipping and give only a few hints for controlling your putting and the driver but no statistical evidence to prove if this methods work short or long term.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Gregory Vogelsang on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
If you suspect that the dreaded y word is part of your golf makeup, then this book is necessary reading. You don't cure them; you learn to live with them, and Hank shows you how. From the mild forms to the worst of cases, Hank Haney will help you learn to enjoy golf again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Hamilton on April 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Must read this book if you are afflicted with the putting, chipping or full swing yips. Many, many good tips on how to minimize and perhaps overcome this dreaded "disease".
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I am subtracting one star because Hank admits in the book there is no forever fix and it's a matter of controlling them so the title is kind of misleading. However, Hank packs the book full of useful information including how to diagnose your yips and how to do drills that help you reduce and control the yips. I liked how he contrasted the quick fixes (switching grips, moving to left-hand, a belly/long putter) to using drills to control the yips. So far I've done a few of his drills and they make sense. Changing grips worked as a quick fix, but he's right that you have to relearn distance control. As an amateur playing only a dozen times a year, I may just stick with his quick fixes, but I will try to do his drills as well and post back if that fixes my yips.

I'm just glad I've found some solutions that will not make me so scared next time I have a 2-3 foot putt for par or birdie.
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Format: Hardcover
Hank Haney coached Tiger Woods in 2008. His credentials are extensive. When an expert writes about a common anomaly as the Yips, one should really listen to him.

Haney covers everything from the full swing, short game (chips) and putting yips. He shows methods of how to swing the club and how to cope with the yips. I read this book primarily for information, as a beginner and a golf scholar (having already read dozens of golf books). He advocates the arc type of putting stroke over the straight back-straight through stroke.

The text is easy to follow and the author cites clinical research behind the phenomenon of the yips. The book is well illustrated with sharp full color photographs.

Overall, Haney's advice is solid. I highly recommend this book (even if you don't have the yips).
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By Eagle711 on May 23, 2010
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I struggled for two years with the worst case of the putting yips. Hank has two systems. Fix it mentally or fix it physically. By drastically changing my grip and taking my right hand out of the putt I am no longer yipping. It is a great book with lots of ideas and empathy for the dreaded yip disease that can be cured.
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