This really IS what we do with the rest of the day! checking and clarifying what high-level golfers do during the meso-levels of performance

Thomas Davies, Andrew Cruickshank, Dave Collins

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Recent retrospective research has identified effective meso-level thoughts and behaviors for high level golfers (i.e., those deployed between shots and holes). However, how such thoughts and behaviors are actually used during this phase of performance and, or if, they vary in different contexts is unknown. Accordingly, real-time observations followed by stimulated recall interviews were used to examine the meso-level processes used by high-level golfers during competition. Results indicated use of the same pre2- and post-shot routines identified in prior retrospective research but with key differences in the content and application of some of their stages relative to shot outcome. These similarities and differences are discussed along with implications for practitioners: including the importance of developing metacognitive skills, and prioritizing the development of performance expertise over performance competencies for high-level golfers at the meso-level of performance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-395
Number of pages14
JournalThe Sport Psychologist
Volume31
Issue number4
Early online date3 Aug 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • meso-level processes
  • pre2-shot routine
  • post-shot routine
  • golf

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