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Are skill tests useful in Golf?

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  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

Project Description

Skills tests are commonly used by golf coaches as a supposed means to assess improvement and performance in their players. Such tests may involve the use of ball tracking equipment e.g. Trackman Combine or simpler methods such as Pelz's short-game handicap. There is limited literature in the area of skill testing in golf (e.g. Robertson, Burnett & Gupta, 2014) despite their common usage. This work will seek to examine the use of skill testing in Golf considering such questions as:

How reliable are the current testing practices used by professional golf coaches?
Do the results of skills tests bear any relation to on course tournament performance?

Get in touch with Dr Matt Bridge to discuss a proposal.

This PhD is available in both campus based and distance learning modes. For more information on what a PhD by Distance Learning involves see


Robertson, S., Burnett, A.F., & Gupta, R. (2014): Two tests of approach-iron golf skill and their
ability to predict tournament performance, Journal of Sports Sciences,

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