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A golfing 'yips' case and a vital lesson in understanding your EFT client

Important Note: This article was written prior to 2010 and is now outdated. Please use my newest advancement, Optimal EFT. It is more efficient, more powerful and clearly explained in my free e-book, The Unseen Therapist™.  Best wishes, Gary

Note: This article assumes you have a working knowledge of EFT. Newcomers can still learn from it but are advised to peruse our Free Gold Standard (Official) EFT Tutorial™ for a more complete understanding.

Hi Everyone,

Debbie Falzon from Australia helps her client with the golfing yips (involuntary twitches) and, more importantly, shows us how her client mis-reported her successes. Forms of this mis-reporting happen in many facets of EFT and an understanding of this phenomenon is important for serious EFT students.

Hugs, Gary

By Debbie Falzon, EFT-ADV

Hi Gary,

A couple of years ago I worked with a lady who suffered with the yips.  She was an extremely good golfer with a handicap of 3 but had suffered with the yips on short putts for 18 years.  It had gotten progressively worse over the past 8 or 9 years to the point where she yipped almost every short putt.  She’d tried a number of things over this time such as new putters and new ways to grip, PGA professional help and medication, all without success.

She experienced freezing which she rated at a 10 on a scale of 0 to 10 and jerking, which she also rated at a 10 out of 10 on short putts.  We worked on what she was experiencing physically as well as her thoughts, beliefs and embarrassment of it happening but as we weren’t on the golf course I wasn’t able to test the results.  At the end of our session I had her close her eyes and visualize her short putts.  There was discomfort or intensity on a few aspects so we applied EFT until she was able to visualize herself making a smooth, focused putt.

She was to play in a tournament that week so I asked her if she would phone me to let me know how she did.  I was quietly confident that she would have a fairly good result.  When she phoned and I asked her how it went and whether she yipped it she said she had.  She also said she wasn’t sure whether she had any benefit from our session.  She sounded really disappointed and so was I.

Actually I felt really deflated.  It was only one 90 minute session but I was shocked that she hadn’t had any result at all.  I had also taught her how to use EFT to calm herself prior to and during tournaments and she said she had tapped.  I then started to ask her a few direct questions such as how many holes did she actually yip on her short putts and she said “2”! (By my calculations there was potential for her to have upwards of 30 yips on 18 holes of golf.)

I then had to say, “Maybe I’ve misunderstood and I apologize if I have, but my recollection is that you’ve experienced the yips for the past 18 years and over the past 8-9 years you’ve experienced it on almost every short putt and nothing you’ve tried to date has helped.  Is that correct or have I got things mixed up?”  There was silence on the end of the phone and then she said “that’s correct.”

On further questioning she said she was using EFT in between each hole, but she also said the two times she yipped it "I knew I was going to yip it" and she was mad at herself.  I think she expected to be completely "yip free" after our session and was just disappointed and really beating herself up about it.  She certainly seemed a lot happier at the end of our conversation than she was at the beginning.

Amazing but I find this happens so often that now I always ask questions and bring them back to where they started.

Debbie Falzon, EFT-CC, EFT-ADV


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