Developing Effective Pre-Performance Routines for Golf Performance: Implications for the Coach (pp. 53-64)
Authors: Stewart T. Cotterill, Dave Collins, and Ross Sanders
Abstract: Preparing effectively for the execution of each shot is a fundamental aspect of golf performance. However, there is currently a lack of clarity in the literature regarding the best way to achieve this. The aim of this study was to determine whether golfers use different preparation routines for different shot types. A single case research design was adopted for the six elite golfers in the study, with one-way MANOVAs utilized to test for significant differences in behavioural characteristics between the different shot types. Results revealed significant differences for all six participants, suggesting that the participants in this study adopted behaviourally and temporally different routines for different types of shots. This suggests golfers either develop many different routines for different shot types, or alternatively, develop consistent routines at the mental rather than the behaviour and temporal levels.