I have been a teacher for 26 years, a Headteacher for 11 years and, at the age of 50, this much I know about why Tiger Woods will never win another golf tournament.
Watching Tiger Woods trying to play a chip shot makes my forearms ache.
During the worst round of Woods’ career – an 11-over-par 82 in the second round at the Waste Management Phoenix Open just over a fortnight ago – he quite clearly presented all the symptoms of the chipping yips. It is a condition which afflicted me as a youth and, thirty years on, I have yet to find a cure.
The yips usually attack golfers when they putt. The yips are an involuntary, uncontrollable movement during a short stroke which sends the ball off in a quite unintended direction and nowhere near the hole. The yips are a nervous spasm. They are dreaded by golfers and…
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