Developing and maintaining motivation in golf

Authored by: Kieran Kingston

Routledge International Handbook of Golf Science

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  October  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138189126
eBook ISBN: 9781315641782
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315641782.ch22

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Abstract

A perusal of the mainstream sport psychology journals suggests that, while golf is a fruitful vehicle for research in sport psychology, much of this research utilises golf-related tasks (e.g., putting or chipping) to explore the effects of discrete psychological skills (e.g., imagery or goal-setting) or to demonstrate skill learning under different conditions (e.g., focus of attention, competitive anxiety, social facilitation, etc.). There have been a number of other psychology-related studies in the sport, exploring such concepts as attributions, social support and participation; however, many of these types of studies have tended to use golf as a vehicle for theory testing, rather than necessarily aiming to inform those engaged within the game.

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