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Five Questions: Neurologist Charles H. Adler on the yips
Five Questions: Neurologist Charles H. Adler on the yips

The golf course is in pristine condition, there's nary a breeze, and you're about to sink a birdie on the 18th green. But just as the putter is about to meet the ball, your wrist jerks involuntarily — sending your round white nemesis 3 inches too far to the left. Known as "the yips," this infuriating twitch has caused many a golfer to increase what would otherwise have been a perfectly respectable handicap. To the untrained eye, it looks like a clear-cut case of nerves kicking in at a crucial moment. But the way Mayo Clinic neurologist Charles H. Adler sees it, the yips might not be psychological at all; in fact, they may have their roots in the nervous system. ...

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