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Perception and Action in Golf Putting: Skill Differences Reflect Calibration

Perception and Action in Golf Putting: Skill Differences Reflect Calibration

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We assessed how golfers cope with the commonly observed systematic overshoot errors in the perception of the direction between the ball and the hole. Experiments 1 and 2, in which participants were required to rotate a pointer such that it pointed to the center of the hole, showed that errors in perceived direction (in degrees of deviation from the perfect aiming line) are destroyed when the head is constrained to move within a plane perpendicular to the green. Experiment 3 compared the errors in perceived direction and putting errors of novice and skilled players. Unlike the perceived direction, putting accuracy (in degrees of deviation from the perfect aiming line) was not affected by head position. Novices did show a rightward putting error, while skilled players did not. We argue that the skill-related differences in putting accuracy reflect a process of recalibration. Implications for aiming in golf are discussed.

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OrganisatieHogeschool van Amsterdam
LectoraatLectoraat Bewegingswetenschappen
Gepubliceerd inJournal of sport & exercise psychology Vol. 33, Uitgave: 3, Pagina's: 349-369
Datum2011-01
TypeArtikel
DOI10.1123/jsep.33.3.349
TaalEngels

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