A Mental Approach to Putting is More Effect than a Mechanical Approach
Guiser, Dennis R.
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The best approach to teaching putting is greatly debated. Focusing on the mechanics of the golf swing, such as putter face position, how one takes the putter back and how one finishes the stroke yields a consistent stroke. Another approach is, focusing on what one is thinking, trying to give one confidence and reduce anxiety in turn reducing the number of mental errors. If a golfer were to receive instruction it is not known whether a mechanical or a mental approach to teaching putting would yield fewer total putts over a given number of golf rounds. In a proposed study two putting clinics were held having one group take a mechanical approach to teaching and the other focus on controlling the mental aspects of putting The group that focused on controlling the mental aspect of putting will increase one's ability to reduce anxiety and allow one to hit free putts. As a result these individuals will make more putts than the group that focused on the mechanical aspects of putting. Involved in the study were 27 participants. Individuals were separated into two groups, Group Technique that focused on the mechanical aspect of the putting stroke and Group Routine that focused on the mental aspect of putting. It is hypothesized that individuals in Group Routine would have significantly fewer putts than Group Technique over their next 15 rounds of golf.
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