The purpose of this study was to determine whether decoupling of the golf putting task elicited an improvement in accuracy for novice golfers. It was hypothesized that the experimental group performing the decoupled (separation of back- and downswing) movement would have greater accuracy than the control group performing a typical, coupled movement. Twenty-four, college-aged individuals participated in the study. Participants performed a retention test with a pre-test phase in order to determine improvements in putting accuracy. The experimental group (pre-test: mean 24.743 ± 3.372, post-test: mean 17.221 ± 2.799) performed significantly better than the control group (pre-test: mean 19.614 ± 3.439, post-test: mean 15.296 ± 2.641) from pre- to post-test. Analysis of swing kinematics indicated that top-level performers from the experimental group showed swing pattern characteristics, which indicated a segmentation control strategy, which differed from bottom-level performers.
|Commitee:||Neese, Hylin, Rozenek, Ralph|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
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