Overcoming Fear From The Yips
The throwing yips is no doubt the biggest fear of any baseball players and the most frustrating experience for players who can’t seem to break free of the yips.
The yips doesn’t just affect your throws, it messes with your head.
Many questions circulate in your mind when you have a case of the yips:
- “What has happened to me?”
- “What is wrong with me?”
- “Why can’t I make this simple throw?”
The yips feed off your fear of making errant throws or consistently missing the target.
Related Article: Two Strategies To Beat The Throwing Yips
It is your negative mindset of fear, negativity and counter-productive emotions that make baseball player’s feel trapped in the yips cycle.
Pitcher Daniel Bard was on his way to becoming one of the elite relievers in the Major Leagues but the yips put his career on hold.
From 2009-11, Bard was a dominating pitcher for the Boston Red Sox from 2009 through the first half of his 2011 season posting a 2.88 ERA, averaging 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings and only 3.5 bases BB/9 in nine innings.
Bard starting yipping in the second half of 2011 season and he has never been the same pitcher since. The second half of the 2011 season, Bard posted a 5.28 ERA in 28 appearances.
The Red Sox tried to shake him out of the yips by converting Bard to a starter but he never regained his form and his ERA jumped up to 9.00.
After a few starts in 2013, Bard was demoted to the minors and has made in back to the big league. It was the yips that caused Bard to lose “faith in my ability to throw strikes.”
Bard was given a minor league contract by the Texas Rangers but he couldn’t shake the yips. In his brief Texas stint, Bard hit a new low allowing 13 earned runs over four appearances without allowing even one hit! Bard gave up those 13 runs by walking nine batters and hitting seven other batters.
The yips issue has been difficult for Bard.
BARD: “I can’t lie. It wasn’t pleasant to go through. The one thing that I could do really well was taken away from me. There were some tough times, tough moments. You’re out there and you think you’re throwing the ball well but it’s not doing what you want it to do. It’s so frustrating.”
A veteran Red Sox scout commented on how frustrating the yips can be:
“It’s always tough to watch that. You see what Bard was when he was blowing people away with that 98-mile-per-hour fastball, and what he is now, it’s not something you can even wrap your head around. I’m sure the kid is going through hell right now and I’m sure he’s got a lot of people saying things to him. You wonder if he’s better off just escaping and going back to Fort Myers and working things out on the side, away from everyone.”
Tip to win out over the yips:
Work smarter, not harder – I requires “mental finesse” or poise to win out over the yips instead of brute force or battling the yips.
Fighting the yips by working on the technique of throwing only serves to keep you over-focused on the problem.
Explore mental training options to win out over the yips: learning to relax or trusting you ability to make the throw or focusing on something other than mechanics.
You can then apply the same mental skills to improve other areas of your game.
Overcome Throwing Yips: How to Break The Yips Cycle
Do you (or a ball player) suffer from:
- Inability to throw or pitch freely (despite the fact that you can in practice)?
- Anxiety, tension and over control of their action?
- Performance anxiety about what others will think?
- Super low confidence with the yips-infected mechanics?
- Feeling like an alien has taken over your body and you have no control?
If you can throw well when alone, but can’t take it to games, this is a mental game issue and not a physical challenge!
The Yips Cycle is a vicious cycle that causes ball players to stay trapped in over thinking and over control…
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