A grounded theory study of meta-attention among golfers

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This study sought to construct a theoretical understanding of meta-attention among golfers. Eight male golfers (7 competitive-elite and 1 successful-elite) were interviewed about their experiences of attentional processes in competitive golf. A Straussian grounded theory approach was used throughout the research process, and interview transcripts were analysed using open, axial and selective coding. Results indicated that meta-attention is resource-based with metacognitive reflections of logistic and shot resources that facilitate attentional control. Attentional control required successful target selection, consistent pre-shot routines and consistent post-shot routines. Failures in wider or immediate resources or failure to initiate control routines, can lead to internal distraction. The emergent theory provides an understanding of the function of meta-attention in golf performance that can be used by golfers, coaches or psychologists to improve attentional strategies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Sport Psychologist
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 10 Sep 2019

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Keywords

  • metacognition
  • attentional control
  • attention-regulation
  • optimal performance
  • attention

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In: The Sport Psychologist, 10.09.2019.

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