Predicting Success in Putting – Routines, Time on Task & Putting Distance

Podium’s Podcast of the Week: An Interview with Dr. Rob Bell from Ball State University

by Stephen Walker, PhD, CC-AASP

Dr. Rob Bell, Kyle Cox, W. Holmes Finch and Camille Cassidy did one of the more interesting studies using collegiate golfers and monitoring who was successful and who wasn’t on short putts (3-6 feet) and longer putts (6-10 feet.)  Bell and his colleagues evaluated pre-performance routines (who did them and who didn’t) and what characterized those that were successful or not.  Pre-performance routinces have been noted to help competitors focus concentration, reduce anxiety, enhance confidence and transfer thoughts from the extraneous and distracting to the pertinent and critical for success (Weinberg & Gould, 2007.)  A number of factors were observed.  Due to the fact that virtually all of those observed during the study would be categorized as “elite” – it was noted that virtually all of the participants had some form of pre-performance or pre-putt routine.  One of the more interesting aspects of the study involved variations in time frame for completing the routine…and consistency or deviation from the routine…and how those factors may have influenced success in holing out putts.

The implications here are discussed in detail and Dr. Bell is quite eloquent in explaining how these results can help more accomplished golfers improve their game.  He may be contacted should you have any questions about this research and its applications.  Thanks to Dr. Rob Bell for his insightful and interesting interview.

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Dr. Rob Bell PrePutt Routines in Collegiate Golfers

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