The Effects of a Clutch-Based Hypnotic Intervention on Golf Performance: A single-subject design

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This 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, a trigger control technique and a pre-shot routine. The experimental effect was assessed during 11 golf tournaments. Golf performance data were analyzed using a single-subject design combined with a procedure to monitor the player's internal experience. The results indicated that the players' mean stroke average decreased from baseline to intervention. There were no overlapping data points between baseline and intervention conditions.The qualitative data revealed that the hypnotic intervention may help golfers regulate emotions, thoughts, feelings, and perceptions associated with a clutch state experience
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 24 Oct 2019


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