Other AidsNot everyone, of course, takes the same approach. Sandy Tatum, a former Stanford golfer and NCAA individual golf champion, came down with the yips while serving as president of the United States Golf Association. He was playing in a pro-am at Pebble Beach with his pal, Tom Watson, when he missed a two-foot putt on the 18th hole. "All I recall," Tatum says, "is that I blacked out, and when I looked up, the ball was 10 feet past the hole." Tatum, who's now in his mid-80s, never tried massage. He still encounters the yips from time to time, but he's battled through them, he says, by simply refusing to be a victim. "When it happens, I tell myself not to let it bother me," Tatum says. "And it doesn't." Other top players have dealt with the yips by changing putting grips or putters. Consider Chris DiMarco, who popularized the "claw" grip. Or Bernhard Langer, a longtime yipper who went to the belly-putter, then went on to win the Masters. My own bout with the yips took an upward turn when I switched to the
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