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.
McEwan, D., Schmaltz, R., & Martin Ginis, K. (2012). Warming up with pressure improves subsequent clutch performance on a golf-putting task. Advances in Physical Education, 2(4), 144-147. https://doi.org/10.4236/ape.2012.24025