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Development and validation of the Approach-Iron Skill Test for use in golf

Robertson, Samuel ORCID: 0000-0002-8330-0011, Burnett, Angus F and Newton, Robert U (2013) Development and validation of the Approach-Iron Skill Test for use in golf. European Journal of Sport Science, 13 (6). 615 - 621. ISSN 1746-1391

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Abstract

The primary aim of this study was to develop and validate a golf-specific approach-iron test for use with elite and high-level amateur golfers. Elite (n=26) and high-level amateur (n=23) golfers were recruited for this study. The ‘Approach-Iron Skill Test’ requires players to hit a total of 27 shots. Specifically, three shots are hit at each of nine targets on a specially constructed driving range in a randomised order. A real-time launch monitor positioned behind the player, measured the carry distance for each of these shots. A scoring system was developed based on the percentage error index of each shot, meaning that 81 points was the maximum score possible (with a maximum of three points per shot). Two rounds of the test were performed. For both rounds of the test, elite-level golfers scored significantly higher than their high-level amateur counterparts (56.3±5.6 and 58.5±4.6 points versus 46.0±6.3 and 46.1±6.7 points, respectively) (P<0.05). For both elite and high-level players, 95% limits of agreement statistics also indicated that the test showed good test–retest reliability (2.1±7.9 and 0.2±10.8, respectively). Due to the clinimetric properties of the test, we conclude that the Approach-Iron Skill Test is suitable for further examination with the players examined in this study.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: assessment; performance; elite golfers; professional golfers; skills; tests; reliability; validity
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Sports and Exercise Science
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2015 05:34
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2017 00:51
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/26277
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/17461391.2012.757809
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Citations in Scopus: 8 - View on Scopus

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