A study conducted by the RSM which looked at the time European Tour professionals take over the ball, has suggested that pulling the trigger sooner could in fact save you shots.
A study conducted by the RSM which looked at the time European Tour professionals take over the golf ball, has suggested that pulling the trigger sooner could in fact save you shots.
Led by Dr Matt Bridge, Senior Lecturer in Coaching & Sports Science at the University of Birmingham UK, the study compared the habits of 47 European Tour professionals over five tournaments.
Quicker time over the ball = more ?
— The European Tour (@EuropeanTour) November 27, 2017
While most amateurs believe that taking more time over our putts will save us shots, the results conclusively demonstrated that quicker shots can improve performance, with those who took a shorter time over the ball across all putts seeing a 90 per cent increase in the likelihood of strokes gained.
Furthermore, cutting the amount of time spent over the ball could earn a European Tour player an extra €189k per season.
The research also demonstrated the importance of a consistent routine, with those who spent a similar time over the ball between rounds one and two 50 per cent more likely to make the cut compared to less consistent players.
European Tour professional Paul Waring said: “The average figure of €189,000 more a year if players improve the consistency of their routines and spend less time over the ball will certainly open a lot of eyes in the European Tour locker rooms.''
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