HYPNOSIS IMPROVES PERFORMANCE AND CONTROL IN GOLF PUTTING
Pates, J., Oliver, R., & Maynard, I. (2001). The effects of hypnosis on flow states and golf-putting performance. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 13, 341-354.
Five competitive golfers underwent hypnotic induction, hypnotic regression, and trigger control procedures. Golf putting performance and flow states were evaluated. Flow stats were measured with the Flow State Scale. A single-subject experimental design was used to assess the intervention.
All Ss improved their average putting performance and "flow". Ss considered the technique improved their relaxation, confidence, and focus.
Implication. Hypnosis is a method for improving the perception of performance control, which then results in improved performance.
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