‘I’m beginning to take 4 additional pair of underwear after I play’: Lee Trevino talks yips 

Lee Trevino in July on the Open Championship.

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Lee Trevino’s topic was the yips. However we received ideas on Jesper Parnevik, Payne Stewart and underwear, too. 

After all we might. One in every of golf’s best gamers can also be one among its greatest narrators, and this was no totally different. And with Trevino, all you need to do is tee him up. 

On a latest look on Sirius XM’s A New Breed of Golf show, he was requested by host Michael Breed whether or not he and son Michael will play the upcoming PNC Championship with the concept of successful the major-champion-and-relative occasion, and rattling it, they are going to, however rattling it, the elder Trevino’s putter received in the best way final 12 months.

However listed here are his phrases. 

“There’s no query about it [their competitiveness] as a result of I nonetheless play the wedges like I did after I was younger,” Trevino stated on the present. “Plus my tees are up there up to now, I’m really outdriving the touring professionals so Daniel and I are getting in with wedges. Final 12 months, I had the placing yips. I couldn’t assist Daniel in any respect; Daniel was on his personal. We didn’t do effectively. The 12 months earlier than, you bear in mind, we have been tied for the lead with 4 holes to go; Justin Thomas and Vijay beat us in that match. However sure, I’m planning slightly six-day journey to Palm Springs to prepare; we’ll come again on a Monday, go away on a Tuesday and hopefully we’ll do so much higher. 

“However I wish to say one factor to you, Michael, about this specific golf match. There isn’t any extra pleasure in a golf match that I’ve ever had — and I’ve gained just a few — than enjoying with my son within the father-son match. So far as I’m involved, we take a look at that because the Masters to us. It’s a Masters match to us. We speak about it on the airplane coming again — ‘OK, right here’s what we did and right here’s what we received to do.’ We’re attempting to do a technique right here. 

“I’m going to dominate with the driving force, there’s no query about it, as a result of I’ve been within the fitness center — and also you’ll see this — I’ve been within the fitness center, and I’m hitting the ball longer than I did final 12 months. And I’m older. I’ve gone to that loopy, flexy shaft — you understand, that $800 job, too — it’s fairly good. So you understand, if I may help him on the greens, which it appears to be like like I’ve found one thing.”

What did Trevino discover?

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“Shortening my backswing on the putter,” he stated on the present. “The yips have left me. I bear in mind studying an article by Parnevik, and he stated, for those who’re going to yip it, hit it with a yip. So which means take it again shorter.”

Is sensible. Trevino wasn’t finished.  

“So it’s attention-grabbing, although, you deliver up this factor with the yips,” Breed stated on the present. “As a result of there’s lots of people which have the yips, proper?”

“Yeah, they take the putter too far-off they usually stare on the putter as a substitute of the ball,” Trevino stated. “That’s the issue. And what occurs is, their eyes comply with the putter again, after which by the point the eyes discover the ball once more, they’ve yipped it. You by no means yip a putt on the backswing. You all the time yip the putt once you’re going to hit it. At all times keep in mind that. 

“There’s additionally one other means you probably have the yips that you may observe — do what Payne Stewart did. Payne Stewart used to have a look at a goal 8 inches proper of his ball. He by no means seemed on the ball or the putter when he putted. He lined it up, after which he would choose a spot simply to the best of his ball, about 8 inches, and stare at that spot and stroke the putt. It’s superb what you are able to do with it.”

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Is sensible, too. Trevino wasn’t finished. 

The yips discuss ended with this trade. 

“[Dave] Stockton used to do one thing just like that, too, the place he would take a look at a spot in entrance of the ball, a pair inches in entrance of the ball,” Breed stated on the present. “Many gamers select an middleman goal once they putt after which attempt to roll the ball over that. Stockton was a type of guys who checked out that spot and tried to drive the putter via that. Are you doing one thing like that once you’re placing, or are you simply pondering now simply take it again?”

“Hey, pay attention, I do all the things — I one-eye it, I blink. Hey, I’m beginning to take 4 additional pair of underwear after I play now,” Trevino stated. “Are you kidding me? I really like this recreation a lot.

“You already know, I hit balls on daily basis. I imply, I received up this morning at 6 o’clock. I jumped within the bathe, I walked downstairs about 6:20 after which I walked and as I walked within the fitness center, my theater room — I walked by it — and there’s 4 putters and a bunch of balls. And I’ll hit about 20 balls in the dead of night. You already know, I don’t yip it after I can’t see the rattling ball or the putter. It’s good. I prefer to putt in the dead of night. 

“That stroke is as easy as Jack Nicklaus’, boy I’ll you that.”

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Nick Piastowski

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Nick Piastowski is a Senior Editor at Golf.com and Golf Journal. In his function, he’s liable for enhancing, writing and creating tales throughout the golf area. And when he’s not writing about methods to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native might be enjoying the sport, hitting the ball left, proper and brief, and consuming a chilly beer to scrub away his rating. You’ll be able to attain out to him about any of those matters — his tales, his recreation or his beers — at [email protected]

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