Advertisement

Mental practice improves golfers’ performance: Study

Advertisement

London, Nov 29 (IANS) Researchers have found that kinaesthetic ability — which is an individual’s ability to feel an action without actually performing it, may improve their golf game.

“Our results indicate that a form of mental practice, i.e, the combination of action observation and motor imagery, may enhance the golf putting ability of experienced golfers,” said researcher Niall Ramsbottom from University of Limerick in Irelan.

Putting ability is crucial in golf as approximately 40 per cent of golf strokes are taken with the putter.

Advertisement

The research, published in the journal Psychology of Sports and Exercise, shows that golfers who already had a good ‘feel” for putting, may benefit the most from this mental practice.

In undertaking the research, 44 right-handed, skilled male golfers from the Limerick were recruited.

Advertisement

In a laboratory environment, the golfers completed 40 putts with instructions to ‘make the ball stop as close to the target as possible’.

A three-dimensional ultrasound camera was used to record the putting and statistical analysis was conducted, using specialised software.

Advertisement

A subset of golfers looked at an action observation video which consisted of an expert golfer performing the putting task in the same lab environment.

They did so while listening to a motor imagery script consisting of short sentences describing key visual and kinaesthetic feelings associated with performing the putting the task.

“Having completed these simple exercises, the golfers who were found to have better kinaesthetic imagery (KI) ability benefited more from the mental practice intervention than those with poorer KI ability,” explained Ramsbottom.

“We found, kinaesthetic imagery ability – an individual’s ability to imagine the feel of an action without actually performing it – may have an important role in determining the effectiveness of the exercise on putting performance,” Ramsbottom added.

Putting is a feel-based motor skill and the research suggests that those with good kinaesthetic imagery ability may perform better following this mental practice technique.

“The findings suggest that simply viewing a video of another performing an action may bolster one’s ability to imagine and subsequently perform that action,” he said.

–IANS

bu/adr/

Advertisement

RELATED POSTS

Advertisement

UPDATES

Adah Sharma on pandemic: Hope we come out of this as kinder people

New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) Actress Adah Sharma has no idea about how or when shooting will resume amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and...

Hussain Kuwajerwala shares experience of shooting from home

Mumbai, May 29 (IANS) Actor Hussain Kuwajerwala recently shot an episode of the TV show "Kuch Smiles Ho Jayein… with Alia" at home, and...

Is shooting from home the new normal? TV actors think so

By Natalia NingthoujamNew Delhi, May 29 (IANS) Even though the Maharashtra government has considered requests from the film and TV industries to resume work...

'Baahubali 2' dubbed in Russian, finds favour on Russian TV

New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) The Russian Embassy on its verified Twitter account has confirmed that the 2017 blockbuster "Baahubali 2: The Conclusion" has...

Rishi Kapoor trained Neetu 'well' in scrabble: Riddhima

Mumbai, May 28 (IANS) Riddhima Kapoor Sahni has been spending a lot of time with her mother Neetu Kapoor ever since she arrived in...
Advertisement
Advertisement