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Applied Golf Research

Title: Applied Golf Research: Affective States during Golf Performance.
Name(s): Van der Lei, Harm, author
Tenenbaum, Gershon, professor directing dissertation
Eklund, Robert, committee member
Turner, Jeannine, committee member
Panton, Lynn, committee member
Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2010
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Many studies utilized psychophysiological indices to measure attentional and affective states for the examination of affect-performance relationships in stressful competitive conditions. In this applied, but scientifically driven, project we determined individual affect-related performance zones (IAPZs) by utilizing Kamata, Tenenbaum, and Hanin's (2002) probabilistic model as a basis for examining idiosyncratic affective patterns during golf performance. The investigation implemented a multi-modal assessment approach in which the probabilistic relationship between affective states and both, performance process and performance outcome, measures was determined. More specifically, introspective (i.e. verbal reports) and objective (heart rate and respiration rate) measures of arousal were incorporated to examine the relationships between arousal states and both, process components (i.e., routine consistency, timing), and outcome scores related to golf performance. Three male golfers of a varsity golf team at a major Division I university in the Southeastern United States were observed during three rounds of golf competition. The performance and the associated physiological measures were recorded simultaneously for each golfer with video and telemetry equipment. The results revealed distinguishable and idiosyncratic IAPZs associated with physiological and introspective measures for each golfer. The associations between the IAPZs and decision-making or swing/stroke execution were strong and unique for each golfer. Optimal IAPZs were often not associated with the most consistent patterns for glances at the target, practice swings or strokes, and time phases during the pre-performance routines. In addition, the patterns during the pre-performance routine were found to be highly consistent, differed between the golfers, and appeared to vary with task difficulty and task specificity. Comparison of the temporal patterns associated with the project's four functional time phases indicated more consistent time use by the golfers during the confirmation and evaluation phase immediately preceding and following the task execution (i.e., swing or stroke), respectively, compared to the information processing phase and the reorientation phase preceding and ensuing the task execution (i.e., swing or stroke), respectively. Consequently, an hourglass performance (HP) model for golf was developed to illustrate the relationship between a golfer's information processing pattern and the functional performance phases in golf.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-4534 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2010.
Date of Defense: January 22, 2010.
Keywords: Affect, Performance, Golf, Routines, Physiology, Hourglass Performance Model
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Gershon Tenenbaum, Professor Directing Dissertation; Robert Eklund, Committee Member; Jeannine Turner, Committee Member; Lynn Panton, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Educational psychology
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Host Institution: FSU

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