Warming up with pressure improves subsequent clutch performance on a golf-putting task

Desmond McEwan, Rodney Schmaltz, Kathleen Martin Ginis

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The purpose of the current study was to determine if athletic performance in a high-pressure situation is improved by briefly warming up under high-pressure conditions. Participants first completed a warm up round of golf putting (five shots) under low, moderate, or high pressure. Following a short break, participants completed a single putt under high pressure. Participants who completed the warm up under high pressure performed significantly better on the subsequent high-pressure shot than those who warmed up under low pressure. Warming up under pressure may be an effective means of improving performance in an impending high-pressure situation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-147
JournalAdvances in Physical Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2012

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