Hypnosis in the Clutch

John Pates

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of a hypnosis-based
intervention on golf performance and a mental state called the ‘Clutch’ see Swann et al. [1]. The participants in this study were three elite European Tour golfers. The golf performance data was analyzed using an idiosyncratic AB single-subject, multiple baseline, across individual design. The Clutch state data was analyzed using a procedure that monitored the participants internal experience Wollman et al. [2]. The results of the performance data indicated that all three participants mean stroke average decreased from baseline to intervention. For participant 2 and 3 there was only one overlapping data point between baseline and intervention conditions. For participant 1 there were no overlapping data points between baseline and intervention. Finally, each participant reported they had felt the intervention had increased sensations they associated with Clutch states. These results support the hypothesis that a hypnosis-based intervention can improve golf performance and increase feelings and cognitions that are associated with Clutch states. The positive results suggest the intervention strategy has great potential for training elite golfers. Consultancy guidelines for the use of hypnosis within sport is discussed
Original languageEnglish
JournalBiomedical journal of Scientific and Technical Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2019


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