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

Robertson, Samuel John, 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, vol. 13, no. 6, pp. 615-621, doi: 10.1080/17461391.2012.757809.

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Title Development and validation of the Approach-Iron Skill Test for use in golf
Author(s) Robertson, Samuel John
Burnett, Angus F
Newton, Robert U
Journal name European Journal of Sport Science
Volume number 13
Issue number 6
Start page 615
End page 621
Total pages 7
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1746-1391
Keyword(s) Assessment
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/17461391.2012.757809
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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