FULL-SWING YIPS oss of form – European doublespeak for playing badly – doesn’t begin to describe where Stenson was by the middle of his rookie season in 2001.Tagged as one of the European Tour’s most promising young players because of his skill with the long clubs, he won by three at The Belfry in his 11th start.
But by the next month, his game vanished in a way most tour players don’t even like to acknowledge, much less talk about.
Stenson developed the full-swing yips – an issue that has sent an all-star cast of players into retirement (and often the broadcast booth) in the past two decades. Ian Baker-Finch went from winning the Open Championship in 1991 to missing one of the widest fairways in golf at St Andrews in 1995. Seve Ballesteros led the European Tour