Butcher, B., & Crews, R. (1987). Effects of a preshot on a well-learned skill. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 18, 30-39.

Male and female varsity golfers (N = 12) were used to compare an attentional routine with a control (normal) condition. Six weeks of experimental practice were allowed.

The preparatory attention routine showed significant putting improvement over the control.

Implication. A preshot attentional routine can enhance the performance of a learned skill. It produces a consistent preparation and is likely to reduce shot variability.

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