Yips

When I first talked to Entrepreneurship Professor Julio de Castro back in July about shooting this video, he was very enthusiastic until the moment I mentioned the yips. Nobody talks about that, he said, it’s just bad luck. Well, after a bit of to-ing and fro-ing, he finally agreed to do it.

Yips or the yips is the loss of fine motor skills without apparent explanation in one of a number of different sports. Athletes affected by the yips demonstrate a sudden, unexplained loss of previous skills.

In golf, the yips is a movement disorder that most-commonly interferes with putting. The term yips is said to have been popularized by Tommy Armour—a golf champion and later a golf teacher—to explain the difficulties that led him to abandon tournament play. The technical term is focal dystonia.

Check out what Prof. de Castro has to say about yips, golf, and entrepreneurs.