How fixing this flaw solved a golfer’s dreaded ‘chipping yips’

Too much wrist angle (left) caused bad shots. Letting the clubhead pass the hands (right) was the goal.

Jason Baile / Instagram

It’s the word in golf most people are too scared to even utter: The yips. They’re most common on the green, but they can also occur around the green, too. Nerve-induced chunks and thins; there’s nothing more rattling than killing-off a good round with one of those.

But we’re not here to talk about the bad side of the yips. We’re here to talk about the good side of the yips: Overcoming them!

Which brings us to a happy story from GOLF Top 100 Teacher Jason Baile shared recently on Instagram. He had a student come to him that was struggling with the yips so badly, he had resorted to one-handed chip shots.

One-handed chipping was his band-aid solution

But that was just a band aid solution. When he placed his trail hand back on the club, the yips would return. His trail hand would shove the club into the ground, giving it a jerky motion that would send the ball a few inches in front of the ball.

But the issue wasn’t the yips, Baile wrote: It was a lack of lowpoint control — another way of saying that he didn’t know exactly where the bottom of his golf swing was.

1 swing thought that worked

In the left frame, Baile’s right hand taking over shows how his student kept too much angle in his wrists, and his body “shut down” — both of which sent the leading edge of his wedge into the ground behind the golf ball.

On the right, the yips were gone, because the pair worked on eliminating that wrist angle and feeling a release where the clubhead would pass his hands. That effectively shallowed out his golf swing; shifting his low point ahead of the ball, and letting the big muscles his lower body turn

“Once the low point control was established as the issue and not the ‘yips,’ the magic happened,” Baile writes on Instagram.

Too much angle in his wrists on the left causes chunked shots.

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Luke Kerr-Dineen

Golf.com Contributor

Luke Kerr-Dineen is the Director of Service Journalism at GOLF Magazine and GOLF.com. In his role he oversees the brand’s game improvement content spanning instruction, equipment, health and fitness, across all of GOLF’s multimedia platforms.

An alumni of the International Junior Golf Academy and the University of South Carolina–Beaufort golf team, where he helped them to No. 1 in the national NAIA rankings, Luke moved to New York in 2012 to pursue his Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University and in 2017 was named News Media Alliance’s “Rising Star.” His work has also appeared in USA Today, Golf Digest, Newsweek and The Daily Beast.