Electrophysiology of the "Yips"

Some golfers report a tendency to lose control of their golf club when putting. This has been termed the "yips." In the golf community, this is thought to represent anxiety or "choking."

In this study, surface electromyography electrodes and movement sensors monitor this phenomenon during putting on the golf course. Offline analysis allows discrimination of physiology patterns in this disorder. Preliminary published evidence points to a coordination disorder, possibly related to dystonia.

This study is being conducted in collaboration with Arizona State University.