ERIC Number: ED244940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Focus of Attention and Putting Performance.
Boutcher, Stephen H.; Crews, Debra J.
The effect of a preshot attentional/behavioral routine on putting performance was investigated. Subjects were randomly assigned to four groups: (1) Male Routine (MR); (2) Female Routine (FR); (3) Male Control (MC); and (4) Female Control (FC). Subjects in the FR and MR groups were given individualized putting routines which focused on specific words and on behavioral actions such as the number of practice swings and glances at the hole. This routine was then rehearsed in structured practice sessions. The program lasted six weeks, and, during this time, the control groups used their own putting techniques in their personal putting conditions. Performance, length of time, and consistency of putt were recorded before and after the six-week program. Results indicated that both MR and FR groups increased their time but decreased their variability on the putting task. In contrast, both control groups decreased their time. The FR group significantly improved performance on the putting task while the other three groups showed a decrement. Results suggest that focusing attention on specific words and thoughts and learning a set of behavioral actions produces more consistent putting with regard to time. In the case of the female experimental group, these routines also improved both task and playing performance. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Putting (Golf)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (Anaheim, CA, March 29-April 2, 1984).