In this study we focused on the influence that auditory models have on golf swing performance. Visual modeling is a classic method used by coaches to provide information about the correct execution of movements, while auditory modeling is a technique which has been recently employed in sports. Several authors have turned their attention to the temporal features of action and there is a general agreement on the influence that acoustic models have on the timing elements of motor production processes. The aim of this study was to check whether an acoustic stimulation representing the individual best swing can lead to a performance standardization, compared to a visual stimulation and a control condition without any stimulation. Twelve expert golfers (hcp < 10) participated in this experiment: each participant had more than eight years of experience. The subjects have been exposed to acoustic stimulation, visual stimulation or no stimulation, in a counterbalanced order, before performing twenty trial sessions of 65m shots. Results show that the acoustic stimulation condition induces players to perform better than in the other two conditions. In particular, the use of the acoustic model makes golfers shoot nearer to the hole, standardizes shots’ distance, and induces athletes to give a better self-evaluation of their performance. We suggest that these improvements are due to a better temporal execution of swings.

The effect of visual and auditory models on golf swing

GALMONTE, Alessandra;
2011

Abstract

In this study we focused on the influence that auditory models have on golf swing performance. Visual modeling is a classic method used by coaches to provide information about the correct execution of movements, while auditory modeling is a technique which has been recently employed in sports. Several authors have turned their attention to the temporal features of action and there is a general agreement on the influence that acoustic models have on the timing elements of motor production processes. The aim of this study was to check whether an acoustic stimulation representing the individual best swing can lead to a performance standardization, compared to a visual stimulation and a control condition without any stimulation. Twelve expert golfers (hcp < 10) participated in this experiment: each participant had more than eight years of experience. The subjects have been exposed to acoustic stimulation, visual stimulation or no stimulation, in a counterbalanced order, before performing twenty trial sessions of 65m shots. Results show that the acoustic stimulation condition induces players to perform better than in the other two conditions. In particular, the use of the acoustic model makes golfers shoot nearer to the hole, standardizes shots’ distance, and induces athletes to give a better self-evaluation of their performance. We suggest that these improvements are due to a better temporal execution of swings.
sport psychology; auditory perception; acoustic models
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