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ERIC Number: ED316513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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What Research Tells the Golf Instructor about the Golf Swing and Putting.
Kraft, Robert E.
The purpose of this survey was to clarify some misconceptions and challenge some common practices in teaching golf skills. Over 100 research studies in golf have been reviewed and summarized. The following categories relating to the golf swing were examined: (1) grip; (2) videotape; (3) electronic golf swing analyzer; (4) teaching methods; (5) speed vs. accuracy; (6) gimmicks and novelties; (7) strength training; (8) mental practice; (9) biomechanics; and (10) sequence of instruction. The following aspects of putting were reviewed: (1) common features of excellent putters; (2) lag vs. aggressive putting; (3) spot putting; (4) putting stroke; (5) type of putter; and (6) putting tests. A sample of the results revealed the following findings: (1) the only common feature of a good golf grip is grip pressure; the type of grip selected is unimportant; (2) the effectiveness of videotape replay has been unsupportive and disappointing; (3) electronic training devices have yielded misleading information; (4) strength training can increase the distance of the golf drive and has no harmful effect upon accuracy; (5) in putting, highly skilled golfers demonstrate a straight backswing, eyes above the ball, and weight toward the forward foot; (6) no one method of stroking putts was more effective than the other; and (7) putting tests are nondiscriminating when measuring playing ability and should be combined with other golf skills in a test battery. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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