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A longitudinal study of "choking" in professional golfers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18229537     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study followed the performance of 35 professional golfers who played from 1997 to 2004 on the Professional Golfers Association Tour (PGA Tour) and investigated whether any players were prone to "choke" when placed in high-pressure situations. Choking was defined as a player having significantly higher than expected final round scores and being less likely than other professional golfers to win when in contention to win tournaments. Analysis yielded no support for a choking under pressure hypothesis. None of the players when in contention to win were both more likely to have higher than expected scores in the final round and less likely to win than other professional golfers in the sample. Limitations of the study were mentioned.
Russell D Clark
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Perceptual and motor skills     Volume:  105     ISSN:  0031-5125     ISO Abbreviation:  Percept Mot Skills     Publication Date:  2007 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-01-30     Completed Date:  2008-02-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0401131     Medline TA:  Percept Mot Skills     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  827-37     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of North Texas, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Athletic Performance / physiology*,  psychology*
Competitive Behavior / physiology*
Golf / physiology*,  psychology*
Life Change Events
Motor Skills / physiology*
Stress, Psychological / psychology*

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