ACHIEVING FLOW AND CLUTCH STATES IN GOLF WHEN PERFORMING UNDER PRESSURE
The Psychology of Golf Performance Under Pressure
The American hits a good putt, but it slides agonisingly to the right of the hole. This chapter presents a critical review of the literature on psychological states underlying excellent performance in sport, followed by considerations to help golfers, coaches, and parents facilitate these states. Although it may seem somewhat counterintuitive, golfers have previously reported that conversing with caddies about topics other than golf while performing allows them to take their mind away from the importance of a situation and avoid the analytical thoughts that can disrupt flow. Coaches should create practice conditions that involve performing under pressure, as golfers have reported that simulated-pressurised training scenarios can facilitate clutch performances. As golfers, coaches, parents, and caddies explore the various approaches suggested to facilitate flow and clutch states in the chapter, careful consideration should be given to contextual factors and how these might influence the strategies employed.
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