Clutch-Based Hypnotic Intervention to Improve Golf Performance: A Case Study

John Pates

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This case study examined the effects of a clutch-based hypnotic intervention on the performance and experience of a senior PGA tour golfer. The intervention encompassed hypnosis, regression imagery, a trigger control technique, and a preshot routine. Golf performance data were analyzed using a single-subject design. The results indicated that the player’s mean stroke average decreased from baseline to postintervention. The qualitative data suggests that the hypnotic intervention may help golfers regulate emotions, thoughts, feelings, and perceptions associated with a clutch state experience.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Early online date4 Nov 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Nov 2020


  • Clinical Psychology
  • Complementary and Manual Therapy

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