The Yips

A week after writing this entry, I found this book in a used bookstore

A week after writing this entry, I found this book in a used bookstore

An informal term meaning a sudden unexplained loss of skill in sports. In baseball, this might be a prolonged “slump.” In golf, a sudden inability to putt well. In basketball, an unexplained reduction in ones ability to shoot free throws.

The term was invented by Tommy Armour, a golfer in the 1920s, to describe problems with his game.

Why I Looked It Up

On an episode of Happy Endings, Dave suddenly lost the ability to kick in kickball. Max and Brad kept telling him he had “the yips.”

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