EEG Measures prior to Successful and Unsuccessful Golf Putting Expert Performance (pp. 81-92)
Authors: Juan G. Cremades
Abstract: Electroencephalographic (EEG) measures have been used to assess the attentional demands of closed skill tasks. The purpose of this study was to measure lower and upper alpha activities to determine attentional patterns in experts during a successful and unsuccessful golf putting performance with two different lengths. EEG activity from T4, T3, C4, C3 was recorded from 13 collegiate golf players prior to a golf putting performance. Lower and upper alpha activities were analyzed for four successful and four unsuccessful performances prior to short and long putts. Results revealed greater lower alpha power at the right hemisphere prior to a long putt as opposed to a short putt. Further, lower alpha power was greater at the temporal sites prior to a successful rather than unsuccessful golf putting performance. Finally, upper alpha power was greater prior to a successful long putt. In summary, this study shows that EEG measures are sensitive to successful and unsuccessful tasks with different degrees of complexity (i.e., short and long putts).