Chipping yips-Edited Sorry, got side tracked and forgot to finish the post

First off, I wanna thank all the readers in 95 different countries for continuing to read what I write. I checked the stats and that was the number since February. I assume many of the hits that are small numbers are from random mistakes on a search, so if I get rid of those, it’s still 72 nations…I was surprised to see many hits from nations like Ethiopia.

On to the chipping yips.

Had them and lately, have been helping people get rid of them. I got them when I morphed from a feel approach to a methodical and mechanical approach proposed by (for the Harry Potter fans), The Lord Valdermort of short game.

Basically what happened to me and everyone with chipping problems is something I call hot potato. As soon as the club is about to hit the ball, the arms stop as if the club was a hot potato and you want to let go of it.

The way I have been helping people (and myself) get rid of them is to make sure the arms continue to move. The “feel” that has been working for most is to make sure the right elbow (for right handers) gets all the way to the navel.

Now this is not exactly what is supposed to happen. but the thought has been almost universal in getting rid of the hot potato syndrome.

Obviously you don’t want to hit with all arms, so you have to be rotating. However, most with the chips yips stop their rotation when they stop their arms to hit at the ball.

Others have used this theory to create their own feels.

Like one person who tried this and said, “This made me feel like my right shoulder continued moving toward the target and I like that thought better.”




  1. Ron

    Interesting idea… no follow through? Just hit the ball and stop club. Or am I misunderstanding what you mean by stopping your arms?

    I have hit chips with no follow through before because of a bad lies and the club stops in the turf with some success.

  2. woody

    “the arms stop”

    It’s why I hever cared for Phil’s hit-and-hold. And Pelz was his instructor…hmmm.

  3. Matt

    My yips are not a ‘stop’ per say but a jerk, and the ball blades or S#@^<ks off the club. It's horrible my entire short game is ruined by the fear it will happen.

  4. Andrew from Addis

    Hello from Ethiopia! Nice to be recognised as a (not so) lone disciple in far off lands. I visit every day as I love your instruction and there is no pro for over 1000 miles so I have to make do with your excellent ideas and videos. Would love to get an online lesson but need to do it from somewhere with fast enough internet to be able to upload a film.

    There is just one course here (Plus a 6 hole par 18 at the British Embassy) that is in the process of being expanded from 9 to 18 holes. The current course is basic but fun with tiny and reasonably true greens. Plays 6000 yards to a par of 70 with 4 par 3 holes of over 200 yards. Some par 4 are quite short but scoring is tricky as your chipping has to be on song – no hot potatoes allowed here!

    Greetings from Addis Ababa.

    • Monte Scheinblum

      Andrew, I suspected you were the Ethiopian. At least I know if I ever visit there and run afoul of the law, I can find asylum and the British Embassy.

      • Andrew

        yeah, you could practise your short game round and round while the authorities knock on the gate! The main reason embassies have such security is to keep people like us out 😉

  5. Ted

    Yikes….chip yips. I thought I was the only one who was afflicted. Hands would get to the ball and STAB at it. Practice was no problem, but on the course…disaster. I’m finding Stan Utley’s book helpful and simply continuing to turn the shoulders through the chip or pitch works wonders.

  6. Calvin

    This cured my chipping yips:

    • Calvin

      OK maybe not. 🙂 It’s on utube tho.

  7. The Original Brian

    Shot 71 (one under) in my first event of the year and I felt like I left 5-6 shots out there. Just wanted to say thanks for all your help through the blog and otherwise!

    • The Original Brian

      It is my belief that modern wedges do not have nearly enough bounce for the average player. Go high bounce and many problems will cure themselves.

  8. Rex

    Ah, yes… I know the chipping yips only too well. I just don’t understand how I can chip decently in a lesson or while practicing on the chipping green, but chunk it or thin it on the course. Love to see a video of the hot potato idea you’re talking about and how to solve it. In the video that Calvin posted, it seems like that guy hardly rotates at all; it is all arms and hands, or am I missing something?

  9. Jason



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