Today's Golfer Magazine - Customer Excellence

Updated: Jun 14


I defeated the chipping yips and dropped six shots

TG reader Richard Astbury, 3 Hammers GC

When my current Coach, Steven Thomas told me he was going to cure my chipping twitch, I said “Good luck”.

I've had various coaches over the past five years, and no one had managed it. But Steven did something no one else had; he videoed me, and it allowed me to see exactly where my yip came from. I was driving on the shot. I could see my left arm making this strange bending motion coming into impact, as I pulled the clubhead up towards me. It was weird and uncomfortable but very instructive.

Off the back of this, Steve effectively gave me a new and very simple chipping stroke based on two or three fundamental thoughts – a new, extended lead-arm motion, better weight control and ball position check. This gave me a different focus and allowed me to leave the mental space that caused the yipping behind.