P.C.I. Claims Cure for Golfers with the Yips

P.C.I. offers program for the mental side of golf to help golfers with the yips

Orlando, FL, July 18, 2007 --(PR.com)-- Performance Consultants International, a company specializing in Performance Enhancement Kinesiology (Muscle Testing), claims to have a cure for a problem that has plagued some of the best professional golfers for decades. The Yips! The putting stroke is a microcosm of the golf swing. The dynamics regarding the putting stroke are identical to that of the golf swing. A golfer must strike the golf ball square to the target line, and he must strike the ball on the correct plane to insure that at impact the putter makes contact with the ball on or near a very small sweet spot.

When a golfer is incapable of doing this consistently, he is said to have a case of the “yips.” Bernhard Langer, a golfer who has struggled with the yips most of his career, was asked to describe what it felt like to have the yips. He replied, “Everything is out of whack. It’s like your hands and arms are not part of your body.”

Over the past 17 years P.C.I. has worked with players on the PGA, LPGA and Nike Tours using a muscle testing performance enhancement technique called Hemispheric Kinesiology. What they learned in their research was that golfers at all skill levels, especially players in tournament situations, have a tendency to weaken or switch off one of both hemispheres of the brain while executing their golf swings and putting strokes.

When hitting your driver and irons there is some margin for error. However, the margin for error for your putter is so minute that if you hit a six foot putt with no break, and the face of your putter is open just 3 degrees, you will miss it to the right or left of the hole by 4 inches. To determine what your hemispheres are doing during your putting stroke, they use this very same formula as with the driver and irons.

When your putt goes to the right of the hole (assuming it is a straight in putt) you have switched off the right hemisphere of your brain. When your putt goes to the left of the hole you have switched of the left hemisphere.

Just as with the clubs, the hemisphere that is switching off will weaken the opposite side of the golfer’s physical body causing the face of the putter to open or close. In the 1989 Masters Championship Scott Hoch missed a 2 foot putt on the first hole of sudden death against Nick Faldo that would have won the tournament for him. It allowed Faldo to win it on the next hole.

There is an excellent analogy that illustrates why Scott Hoch missed that two footer. If you connect two buildings with a 12” wide plank five feet off the ground and asked someone to walk across it. No problem. Take that same 12” wide plank up to the 30th floor and ask that same person to walk across it. They guarantee you will get a different response. It’s not what you are doing, but where you are doing it.

Here are some suggestions to help you get rid of the yips.

• Use the trigger word “relax” before you pull the putter away from the ball to start your putting stroke. You may also do likewise for your driver and iron shots. There is a compounding effect that occurs when you repeatedly use the word “relax” and your body will eventually reciprocate. When you are relaxed you brain functions at maximum capacity and that is when you achieve peak performance.

• Use your imagination. When you imagine yourself doing something you are going to subconsciously access the same information as if you were actually doing it. Imagination is very effective because your subconscious mind cannot distinguish between something real or imagined. Whether you are a tour player or weekend player, before you tee off go to the practice green and drop a ball about ten feet from the hole. Imagine yourself on the first green of the course you are about to play and that you are putting for a birdie. If you make the putt chances are you will make the putt if you were on the first green. If you miss it keep hitting that ten footer until you make it, then mentally proceed to the second green and repeat the process, etc.

P.C.I. offers a program for the mental side of golf called Mind Mastery For Golf. It includes a DVD titled Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life, and a CD titled Mind Mastery For Golf with two tracks. One track for tournament players and one track for non-tournament players. Their website is www.hk-technology.com, or call toll free at (877) 296-1930.

Performance Consultants International
Ernest Solivan