Training in timing improves accuracy in golf

Terry M. Libkuman, Hajime Otani, Neil Steger

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Abstract

In this experiment, the authors investigated the influence of training in timing on performance accuracy in golf. During pre- and posttesting, 40 participants hit golf balls with 4 different clubs in a golf course simulator. The dependent measure was the distance in feet that the ball ended from the target. Between the pre- and posttest, participants in the experimental condition received 10 hr of timing training with an instrument that was designed to train participants to tap their hands and feet in synchrony with target sounds. The participants in the control condition read literature about how to improve their golf swing. The results indicated that the participants in the experimental condition significantly improved their accuracy relative to the participants in the control condition, who did not show any improvement. We concluded that training in timing leads to improvement in accuracy, and that our results have implications for training in golf as well as other complex motor activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-96
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of General Psychology
Volume129
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2002

Keywords

  • Golf swing
  • Performance
  • Timing

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