May 16th, 2012

Roy Exum: ‘The Yips’ Are Very Real

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As I watched The Players golf tournament Saturday and Sunday, my insides were absolutely churning for Kevin Na, who agonized over almost every shot before he hit it. Kevin, who led the tournament after the first three rounds, is a neat guy whose family moved to the United States from Seoul, South Korea, when he was six after his grandfather was once a Justice on Korea's Supreme Court. None of that really matters but is background music for the harsh reality that Kevin, age 29, has "the yips." Some people say there is no such thing but I can remember when Mayo Clinic doctors proved that a medical condition called "focal dystonia" is very real indeed.

 

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