Early developmental experiences of professional golfers: a case study from the UK

Cafaro, Vito Antonio (2013). Early developmental experiences of professional golfers: a case study from the UK. University of Birmingham. M.Phil.

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Various models of talent and player development in sport exist which attempt to describe how to achieve expert levels of performance (e.g. Bloom, 1985; Côté et al., 2007). In addition, research exists which suggests that expert performance can only be attained by practicing in a unique special way with tight constraints and covering a minimum period of time (e.g. Ericsson et al., 1993). This study was designed to explore how a case study of seven golfers developed their skills and acquired enough golf expertise to turn professional. Successful Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) golfers from England were interviewed to explore how they developed and attained their expertise. The research was predominantly interpretive but partially deductive due to the tenets of the theoretical framework used in this study (Côté et al., 2007), which promoted ‘Deliberate Practice’ theory within it. The data that emerged was inductively analysed and explanations given. The findings provide support that expertise in golf is developed over a minimum average period of at least ten years. The process involves phases of development based on attitude to continue. It was discovered that these phases were non-linear as proposed in certain models (e.g. Balyi & Hamilton, 2004; Côté et al., 2007).

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.Phil.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.Phil.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: School of Education
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
L Education > L Education (General)
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/4323


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