Effects of psychological skills training on golf performance

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Alyssa Morahan (Creator)
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Western Carolina University (WCU )
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Advisor
Winford Gordon

Abstract: Mental training is an important part of preparation for many high achieving athletes (Orlick & Partington, 1988). The aim of the present study was to build upon previous research suggesting that mental skills need to be deliberately practiced just as physical skills are (Cumming & Hall, 2002; Ericsson, Krampe, & Tesch-Romer, 1993; Feltz & Landers, 1983), and that practicing mental and physical skills together increases an athlete’s chances of achieving peak performance (Krane & Williams, 2010; Vealey & Greenleaf, 2010). The skills of visualization and managing negative self-talk were trained and implemented using local male and female recreational golfers. Performance of each mental skill, as well as putting and pitching performance, were measured. It was hypothesized that over the course of the training program, performance would increase for each mental skill, and that putting and pitching performance would also improve. Ultimately, no clear effects on performance were seen as a result of the psychological skills training interventions, leading to an important discussion on participant commitment and the implications of the findings for consultation with athletes in the real world.

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Language: English
Date: 2018
Keywords
golf, mental skills training, self-talk, sport psychology, visualization

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