Stephen Hendry health: The snooker legend's secret condition – the symptoms

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Stephen Hendry health: The snooker legend's secret condition – the symptoms

"It affects golfers, causing them to struggle with what should be simple putts. In my case, the inability to cue ‘through’ the ball results in weak

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“It affects golfers, causing them to struggle with what should be simple putts. In my case, the inability to cue ‘through’ the ball results in weak shots.

“There is a debate about whether the yips is a physical or psychological condition, or a mixture of both.”

The snooker star went on to explain: “In around 2000 I became aware of a recurring problem of the ‘tightness’ around my cueing action, which somehow stops me believing that I can play the shot – even shots I could previously play with my eyes shut.

“Even though I say to myself that I was seven-times World Champion, the voice in my head says, ‘You can’t play this shot.’, It’s completely mental – quite literally. My confidence is sapped every time this happens.

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