ROCHESTER, MINN. (Dec. 29, 2000) -- A phenomenon in golf known as the "yips" -- an acquired problem of sudden tremors, jerking or freezing while putting -- may have both physical and psychological causes, according to a summary of current Mayo Clinic research published this week in Sports Medicine. Aynsley Smith, Ph.D., Director of Sport Psychology and Sports Medicine Research at Mayo Clinic, says preliminary research indicates that more than 25 percent of avid golfers develop the yips, which adds an estimated 4.7 strokes to the average 18-hole score of an affected player.
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