1st Edition

The Psychology of Golf Performance under Pressure

Edited By Denise Hill, Jamie Barker, Karl Steptoe Copyright 2024
    234 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    234 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Psychology of Golf Performance under Pressure offers contemporary, research-informed information regarding the key psychological factors affecting golf development and performance under pressure. Through the authors’ substantive expertise – all of whom are notable scholars and/or practitioners in the field of golf psychology – the text provides a highly accessible “real world” application of theory to practice, through the provision of evidence-based guidance regarding how to maximise golf performance under pressure.

    Golf is a sport that has embraced sport psychology, with many of the highest ranked players in the world (male and female) openly working with a sport psychologist and advocating their importance. As a result, an increasing number of high-profile practitioners are working full-time within the sport around the world, encouraging trainee sport psychology practitioners to pursue their career within golf. Accordingly, there is an ever-increasing demand for high-quality information pertaining to the psychological demands of golf; the key psychological variables that affect golfing development and performance; and evidence-based strategies which enable effective golf performance under pressure.

    This novel text provides a comprehensive portrayal of the psychological factors which enable effective golfing development and optimal performance under pressure. A theoretical review of the pertinent psychological factors followed by the practical application of theory for the provision of “take home messages” will ensure that this book is of value, interest, and benefit for golfers, coaches, golf organisations, and even the parents of golfers, alongside sport psychology scholars, students, practitioners, and researchers alike.

    1. Using Positive Psychology and Character Strengths to Support Golfers’ Development and Longevity within the Game

    Abbe Brady

    2. Cognitive Behavioural Psychological Techniques to Enhance Golf Performance under Pressure

    Stewart T. Cotterill and Darren Britton

    3. "I Must get the Ball in the Hole": The Effective Use of REBT for Golfers

    Nanaki J. Chadha and Martin J. Turner

    4. Acceptance-Based Approaches for Optimal Performance Experiences

    Sara Svoboda, Tanuj Kohli, and Karl Steptoe

    5. Engendering an Environment for the Optimal Development of Golfers

    Kristoffer Henriksen, Jakob Hansen, Reuben Poole, Louise Kamuk Storm

    6. The Role of Parent(s) in Developing Golf Expertise

    Camilla J. Knight, Chris G. Harwood and Rachael A. Newport

    7. Deliberate Practice for Golf Learning and Training

    Peter J. Fadde and Scott W. Boatright

    8. Transitions across a Golf Career

    Emma Vickers, Emily Cartigny, and Alice Stratford

    9. Developing Expert Visual Attentional Control for Optimal Golf Performance under Pressure

    Lee Moore, Gal Ziv, and James Lambdon

    10. Developing a Challenge-State Environment for Optimal Pressurized Golf Performance

    Andrew J. Wilkinson and Paul C. Mansell

    11. Developing Resilience for Golf Performance

    Christopher Bryan, Ben Ashdown, Jolan Kegelaers, and Mustafa Sarka

    12. Achieving Flow and Clutch States in Golf when Performing under Pressure

    Patricia C. Jackman, Matthew J. Schweickle, and Jacob R. Hufton

    13. Understanding and Preventing Choking under Pressure in Golf

    Denise M Hill and Christopher Mesagno

    14. Mental Health in Golf

    Paul Gorczynski, Claudia L. Reardon, and Cindy Miller Aron.


    Denise M. Hill, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Applied Sport Psychology at Swansea University, a BPS Chartered Psychologist, and HCPC-registered Practitioner Psychologist. She is also a Fellow of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Psychology and has been an Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist for over 20 years. She is a keen amateur golfer, having played internationally for Wales, UK.

    Jamie B. Barker, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Loughborough University, a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, and a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. As an applied sport psychologist, Jamie has over 20 years of experience working in business, professional sport, and the military.

    Karl Steptoe, PhD, is the Sport and Performance Psychology Lead at Loughborough University, a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council, and an Acceptance and Commitment Therapist. In addition, Karl is a Qualified PGA Golf Professional with over 20 years of coaching experience.