If the yips are cramping your game, there’s a good reason
Rest assured, golfers. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have suggested that involuntary muscle contractions are to blame for the yips, the movement disorder that occurs during putting.
For a subset of golfers, this means the yips may not be the result of a golfer’s pressure to perform. Dr. Charles Adler, a neurologist and researcher at Mayo Clinic, said in a news release that “golfer’s cramp” can be likened to “writer’s cramp” or “musician’s cramp.”
The researchers studied 50 golfers, half of whom had complained about the yips affecting their golf game. Seventeen of the golfers—all had wrist movements measured with electrodes and were recorded by a video camera—displayed involuntary muscle contractions.
It’s not the first time the medical researchers have delved into the causes of the yips. In 2008, Bloomberg reported that Adler conducted a study with Allergan, makers of Botox, to test whether small injections of Botox could treat the movement disorder.
Just tell your golf buddies you have golfer’s cramp.