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Putting alignment in golf : a laser based…

Putting alignment in golf : a laser based evaluation,

by A.D. Potts

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A study by Potts & Roach entitled, "Putting Alignment in Golf: A Laser Based Evaluation" found that all golfers misalign their putters. On a 6 foot straight putt, novice, 12 - 24 handicappers and 2 - 11 handicappers, misaligned outside the hole 12%, 2% and 2% of the time respectively. On a 12 foot straight putt, the same golfers misaligned 71%, 40% and 43%, respectively. On a 12 foot putt, when the golfers used a "foreshortened target" between their ball and the hole to aim at, there misalignment decreased significantly to, 59%, 36% and 32%, repectively.


It's actually worse than this, in general. The testing protocol is probably tainted in the Potts and Roach study, as researchers seldom know much about how the brain uses ANY environmental cues to orient to a proposed goal / task. In neuroscience, and especially experimental investigations of brain processes using sensitive (time / space resolution) imaging technology, great care must be taken NOT to taint the data with extraneous or tainting influences. Motor sports science research is generally pretty mickey mouse when it comes to this sort of thing. Even in basic psychometrics studies, the same level of care to avoid "helpful" cues in the environment is taken, and even more is really needed to get good data.
  geoffmangum | Sep 20, 2011 |
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