London, April 20(ANI): Some of the best golfers often find it hard to make as simple as 3 feet putts. Now, neurologists have suggested that it could be because of a movement disorder similar to writer's cramp.
The problem also known as "golfer's curse" has effected some of the game's greats, such as Bernhard Langer, Ben Hogan, Harry Vardon and Sam Snead.
As part of the study, researchers recruited 25 golfers, who complained of the yips and 25 who did not.
The electrical activity in their muscles was measured, while they made dozens of putts of varying lengths.
They wore a "cyber glove" to measures movements in the hand.
It was found that 15 were in the group were with the yips.
Also, two more golfers, who thought they were just bad putters, were found to suffer from the condition, reports the Telegraph.
The study found the condition to be similar to the muscle rigidity or cramp, which affects writers.
"I believe that's the case in a subset of golfers. Identifying that subset is my goal," the Telegraph quoted Dr Charles Adler, a neurologist who led the research, as saying.
He advised golfers to change their grip or see a psychologist for remedy.
Such cramps have ruined the careers of concert pianists and guitarists too.
The condition is also known as the jitters, the jerks, the staggers, and "balky putter".
The research was presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Toronto. (ANI)