Golf is one of the world’s major sports and consequently the focus of world-class scientific research. This landmark publication is the most comprehensive book ever published on the science of golf, covering every sub-discipline from physiology, biomechanics and psychology to strength and conditioning, youth development and equipment design.

Showcasing original research from leading golf scientists across the globe, it examines the fundamental science underpinning the game and demonstrates how it can be applied in practice to improve and develop players. Each chapter provides a definitive account of the current state of knowledge in a particular area of golf science, addressing the limitations of existing research, presenting new areas for development and discussing the implications for coaches, players, scientists and the wider golfing public. Truly international in scope, the variety of topics explored include:

  • biomechanics and equipment
  • skill learning and technology
  • performance development
  • psychological techniques for success
  • the golfing body.

This is an essential reference for any student or researcher with an interest in the game, or any coach or professional looking to improve their knowledge.

part II|74 pages

Skill learning and technology

chapter 12|10 pages

Skill assessment in golf

part III|68 pages

Performance development

chapter 14|10 pages


A direction–distance problem

chapter 15|12 pages

The beginning golfer

Psychological techniques and constructs affecting putting performance

chapter 17|13 pages

Positive psychology and golf

chapter 18|11 pages

Refining motor skills in golf

A biopsychosocial perspective

chapter 19|10 pages

Golf analytics

part IV|86 pages

Psychological techniques for success

chapter 20|12 pages

The quiet eye in golf putting

chapter 23|11 pages

Masters of the game

Goal orientations of recreational golfers

part VI|63 pages

The golfer in context

chapter 35|9 pages

Young people and golf

chapter 36|10 pages

Women in golf

A critical reflection

chapter 38|10 pages

Social interactions between coaches and players

It really is a laughing matter