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SportsHank Haney says Spieth 'visibly has the yips' putting

14:55  11 january  2019
14:55  11 january  2019 Source:   thescore.com

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Legendary swing coach Hank Haney says Jordan Spieth has the putting yips . Spieth has struggled with his putting the last year and was winless in 2018. But one high-profile coach has his doubts. Hank Haney told ESPN.com that he has been studying Spieth 's putting stroke and can only come to

Hank Haney , who coached Tiger Woods from 2004-10, told ESPN.com that Spieth appears to be battling the yips . "He's got to get his putting figured out," Haney said . When I watch him putt , he visibly has the yips . You watch his hands on short putts and there is a tremor in there.

Hank Haney says Spieth 'visibly has the yips' putting© Rob Carr / Getty Images Sport / Getty

World-renowned swing instructor Hank Haney believes Jordan Spieth's putting struggles are a mental issue, saying the 25-year-old looks to have golf's dreaded Y-word.

"When I watch him putt, he visibly has the yips," Haney told ESPN's Bob Harig. "You watch his hands on short putts and there is a tremor in there."

Putting woes were a major factor in Spieth's career-worst 2018 season. He failed to record a win for the first time in six years and missed five cuts, the same amount as his rookie season on Tour.

"I don't care if the putt goes in or doesn't. He was center cut on his first putt at the Ryder Cup, but his hands were shaking," Haney added. "He (must've missed) more short putts than anybody on Tour."

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Hank Haney , who coached Tiger Woods from 2004-10, told ESPN.com that Spieth appears to be battling the yips . "He's got to get his putting figured out," Haney said . When I watch him putt , he visibly has the yips . You watch his hands on short putts and there is a tremor in there.

Spieth said Wednesday in Hawaii that he didn’t do much work in his offseason, a time in which he got married and went on a honeymoon, and that Hank Haney , who coached Tiger Woods from 2004-10, told ESPN.com that Spieth appears to be battling the yips . "He's got to get his putting figured out

Spieth ranked 123rd in strokes gained: putting last year and 181st in putts-made percentage from three feet.

The three-time major winner's 2019 campaign began at this week's Sony Open after failing to qualify for the winners-only Tournament of Champions. He lost nearly three strokes putting in his opening round Thursday.

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