The extent and nature of imagery used by elite and non-elite golfers
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This study was designed to identify the extent and nature of imagery used by elite and non-elite golfers. Three elite golfers and three non-elite golfers were interviewed using a semi-structured, informal interview in order to examine their use of imagery. The data extracted was inductively analysed utilising with-in case and cross case procedures. The main themes that emerged were that the elite golfers used imagery in the same respect before, during and after both practice and competition. These athletes have obviously made a major commitment to their sport and are willing to put time and effort into using imagery. Imagery perspective was another theme that emerged in that the elite goHers preferred using an internal imagery perspective as opposed to an extemal one because they felt that it gave them more of a kinaesthetic understanding of what the shot would actually entail. This study also found that the elite golfers had a more positive outlook on their use of imagery. The non-elite golfers often imagined themselves executing the shot incorrectly and thus producing the undesired outcome. Finally the study identifies the uses of imagery; factors that affect the nature of irnagery; and the extent to which elite and non-elite golfers have received instruction and training in the use of imagery.
BSc (Hons) Sport, PE and Recreation
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