Big Tea wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:19 pm
El Scorchio wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 19, 2020 12:54 pm
The yips isn't really 'losing one's nerve'. It's an unexplainable mechanical/physiological deficiency which creeps into someone's technique then leads to psychological issues surrounding it, because there is no explanation as to where it's come from. (But the origin could be psychological)
As I said, I'm not sure exactly if it can be applicable to racing drivers. It's not an error of judgement or clumsiness or simply not being able to drive as fast. Look at the sports it usually affects- darts, golf, baseball, cricket, snooker. Very different. It's all about aiming and releasing an object or triggering an action. The closest I could equate it to would be some sort of inability to push the accelerator or let out the clutch and start a race properly.
I think the term 'the yips' has just come to be misused as an easily coined term for a number of other collective things.
I believer the USA version is called 'Buck Fever', stemming from hunting. When a magnificent trophy was being hunted, (apparently) excitement caused an unsteady hand and aim. Ball players, especially rugby, it is when there is a free run in to the line and you get the pass and drop a ball you would catch 999 times out of a thousand because your mind has already moved to the 'glory' before making sure the simple work is done
(I know because I have done it more than once
No, that's not it. (At least just in my opinion, from what I understand)) That's situational and it's pressure/choking. The yips as I understand is a more consistent problem regardless of external pressures like a big moment or the crunch time (although it often brings more pressure- but internal pressure- onto the individual because they are aware of how the yips will affect them when they know they have it.)
It's from the very outset just having issues doing what you normally can. Eric Bristow is a good case to study. He just found that every so often, he couldn't let go of a dart properly- even in practice. Then it because a bit more common and thus he would start to worry, and it started to affect his throw more and more like a vicious circle. Then he just basically lost the ability to throw. Although in darts they call it dartitis, but it is the yips.
The equivalent in hunting would be just to inexplicably not be able to pull the trigger or to at least hesitate and do it in a non natural way, rather than to simply pull and miss because of pressure. Or in rugby to just not be able to catch (or throw accurately) any pass, even in practice or in any game situation- just a basic pass. Not a key one. It would equate more to throwing than catching though.
However there is a lot of vague and even conflicting info about it- mainly because it's something that doesn't have a rational explanation for why it's happening. (like dropping a game winning try in the last minute is easily explained because of the pressure of the occasion)